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  • Christy gets her first look at the asylum when they bring David, who is only slightly injured, inside, and its creepy
  • In fact, Christy's boss had bad feelings about the asylum from the beginning - that is why he sent her to snoop around
  • David and Christy join forces to try to try to find out what is going on at the asylum, especially when they realize that women in the area are turning up missing
  • The weird thing about this book was that it seemed to be heading in a certain direction, then veered off into something very different
  • It is definitely not for the faint-hearted


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      This was a book that started out very well but did not entirely live up to its promise.

      The main character is David, a young man in training to be an Olympic bicyclist. his parents have died (we never find out too much about them) and he has moved in with his aunt in a small town out in the mountains. As he is riding his bike near an old, previously abandoned hotel, he is hit by a young woman named Christy, who turns out to be a cop.


      She had been going to the old place to spy. Apparently a mysterious man and his nurse have bought the old hotel, which was the site of gruesome murders in the past, and turned it into an insane asylum for mentally ill pregnant women.

      Christy gets her first look at the asylum when they bring David, who is only slightly injured, inside, and its creepy. The pregnant women are walking around like zombies. Things don’t seem right. In fact, Christy’s boss had bad feelings about the asylum from the beginning - that is why he sent her to snoop around. But they have no idea how bad.

      The story gets very dark from there. David and Christy join forces to try to try to find out what is going on at the asylum, especially when they realize that women in the area are turning up missing. What is the doctor up to?

      The weird thing about this book was that it seemed to be heading in a certain direction, then veered off into something very different. usually that kind of unpredictability is ...


      • Book: The 13th by John Everson
      a good thing, but in this case it just seemed too implausible. I know that in a horror novel you have to suspend your disbelief, but it just became so far fetched. I can’t say anything else without giving it away, but a lot of the buildup ended up being really unimportant, which makes me wonder why it was even in the book.

      One good thing was that David and Christy were likable, interesting characters, but it didn’t take away from the book’s problems. The biggest problem was the ending-

      the last scene just drags on and on. the author should have resolved things faster. As I read to the end, I wound up feeling impatient for things to resolve. By dragging the final scene out so much, the book lost its pacing and wasn’t as exciting as it could have been.

      There were some good things about the book. But it was definitely flawed.

      One word of caution - towards the end of the book, it becomes very graphic. Violence is described in a very graphic way. It is definitely not for the faint-hearted.




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Awilson says :

re : It is definitely not for the faint-hearted
I have read several John Everson books including The 13th and definitely agree with you about the negative things in the book. I am a huge horror fan but his books tend to be so over the top with violence that it is nearly comical. If you didn’t like this one you may not like any of his other work. I would recommend his novel Violet Eyes, a B-movie-like novel about an invasion of spiders in Florida, if you are willing to read any others. That one is very graphic but it was quite a fun read for me.

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