Friday, April 13, 2018

Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

Title: Deadlight Jack
Author: Mark Onspaugh
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Length: 288 pages (ebook)

Deadlight Jack is a follow-up to The Faceless One, but can also stand on its own.

After the events of The Faceless One, Jimmy and George have settled into a normal routine, sharing a house in Seattle. When George gets a call that his grandson has disappeared in Louisiana, the two unlikely heroes hop on a plane to join in the search. But George's past soon begins to haunt him, both in the form of an estranged family and of a long-forgotten encounter with the dark magic of Deadlight Jack.

I was super excited for this sequel, as I adored The Faceless One. Jimmy and George make great heroes; I could read a whole series about them! Deadlight Jack, however, didn't quite live up to the first one for me. It felt a bit slower in pace. Also, I felt like their slightly-offensive-banter routine got a bit tired (which Jimmy actually acknowledges within the story).

That being said, it's still good horror, and Deadlight Jack himself was terrifying. I also particularly liked the insight into George's past, since we already knew about Jimmy's childhood from The Faceless One. There's also a great sense of place. Between George's comfort in the muggy heat of the bayou and Jimmy's extreme discomfort with it (he's originally from Alaska), I could practically feel the humidity.

So, even though I liked The Faceless One more, I still recommend this sequel. And I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for future books by Mark Onspaugh, especially if they star Jimmy and George! 3 stars.

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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