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Zakk reviews We Came Back by Patrick Lacey, 366 pages published by Sinister Grin Press, 2017.
Growing up dead. Melvin Brown sees things that aren’t there. Monsters with tentacles and razor-sharp teeth. Ever the social outcast, he is bullied to the point of suicide. And his hatred of those who did him wrong does not die with him.
One decade after Melvin’s death, something strange is happening to Lynnwood High School’s smartest and most popular students. They begin to act out and spend time at the former high school, now abandoned and said to be haunted. And their numbers grow at an alarming rate.
Is this just a passing fad or are the rumors true? Does Lynnwood really have a teenage cult on their hands?
Expanding upon a short story that appeared in Patrick Lacey’s Sleep Paralysis collection, The Lynwood Vampires, We Came Back is a fun, dark jaunt through adolescence, bullying, and small town trappings. It conjures up the ghost of Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back with a modernized youthful flair. I feel that Lacey does a great job exploring the cavern sized misunderstandings between how today’s youth identifies themselves and how and today’s adult identifies today’s youth, it’s a gap that seems to be widening exponentially every day, as a parent, it’s scary. Teens like to embrace and play-up that misunderstanding, a theme also explored.
There’s a solid cast playing around in the foggy landscapes of Lynwood with some great atmospheric set pieces, it’s a lot of fun getting to know the area . Especially the time spent in the abandoned High School… a great locale. Enough backstory is given to our players to add a certain amount of weight to the current goings-on, the backstory of a particular pairing of characters, connected by unfortunate events, is rather heavy and moving.
I did have a couple of issues with the finale, a couple of choices that made me scratch my head a little bit. Is it enough to take away from the reading experience? That’ll be a question that’s answered as time goes on. All in all We Came Back is a fun read and a good way to spend a few days.
If you’ve read and enjoyed Lacey’s work in the past, you’ll enjoy this as well. Check it out.
**Special note: Patrick Lacey will be donating all his proceeds from We Came Back to the American Cancer Society in memory of Steven Joseph Lacey, Patrick’s father, who lost his battle with cancer.**
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**Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and/ or publisher and I am reviewing it voluntarily. These are my honest, unbiased feelings. I did not receive any sort of compensation.
Patrick Lacey was born and raised in a haunted house. He spends his nights and weekends writing about things that make the general public uncomfortable. He lives in Massachusetts with his Pomeranian, his mustached cat, and his muse, who is likely trying to kill him. Find him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter (@patlacey), or visit his website.
Praise for Patrick Lacey
“WE CAME BACK is an emotional trip through our darkest fears. One of the best books I’ve read in years.”–Kristopher Rufty, author of SOMETHING VIOLENT, DESOLATION, and JAGGER.
“The man’s imagination is incredible. A must read!!!!” – David Bernstein, author of A Mixed Bag of Blood
“It’s a rare and joyful thing for me to read a book and realize I’m in the hands of an author who can go absolutely anywhere, who works without a formula and without a net. Such is the case with this stellar debut collection.” – Russell Coy, author of The One Who Lies Next to You
“Patrick Lacey’s Dream Woods works a razor’s edge into an after school special.” – Unnerving Magazine
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