Monday, January 26, 2015

Momo - by Kevin M. Kraft --- book review

I was given this book, Momo, for review by the author, Kevin M. Kraft, through The Book Blogger List
The book is a Christian thriller, as some reviews say. 
I was a bit excited about this. A thriller. And Christian! This should be interesting.

This review contains spoilers.
This book gets your attention, mainly because you want to find out what the deal is with that monster. The reading goes pretty fast, as it's a short novella. This to say, you don't get many details about the monster, why is it there, how did it get there. You just learn the its name, MOMO, is short for Missouri Monster. And also, really! in the end the monsters still live happily ever after because after they tormented Marc and Evan for a whole night, they are free to do the same to the next innocent victims. This made me mad! And of course you only realize there were two of them when father and son look at each other and have this "aha!" moment. Did I mentioned this annoyed me?

Don't get me wrong, I was very much into the book. It says it's thriller, and this should cut a bit from the shock, however you want to read more because you can't get enough of the adrenaline the characters have. This is good!
Some things that I didn't necessarily like: 
The father-son relationship. In the beginning of the book I got the feeling they had a bad relationship, they needed to work on some stuff. But as the book progresses, you find out that actually, they are not that off the track, it's just that Marc (the Dad) thinks Evan (the son) should join the archery team, and Evan wants none of that, but to join the cross team. Of course, Dad pushed Evan and wants him to succeed. He lives through him, basically, and is incapable to express his feelings, just like his dad before him. Well, that could have been dealt with a long time ago. By the end of the book a strong relationship is formed literally overnight. This is good, of course, but a bit too quickened. But maybe this is just me.
Also, what I thought was easily dealt with was the good and evil questions Evan had. Maybe I was looking for some original answers, but I would have enjoyed some more on that. Obviously, there was no time for such things, as Momo(s) lurked around. Why does God allow for bad things to happen and bad creatures to exist is what bothers Evan. In the end he comes to the conclusion that some questions will be left unanswered. I liked the reference to Job and the question God asks him when Job tries to hold God accountable. Where were you? asked God. This leads Evan to think that no one can understand the bigger plan God has. Of course, it's a hard pill to swallow.
Another thing that made the reading a bit difficult was the syntax aspect. At times it was easy to follow the story, to be fully immersed in it because I had to reread certain parts because I didn't understand what they were saying. It seemed a bit intermingled and that made it difficult. Also, regarding the editing part, some more editing should be done, as I found some extra words and such that need to be removed.

It seems that the "bad" parts overshadow the good parts in this book. However, I enjoyed reading it. If a thriller book's aim is to keep you glued to it, than this book did it. Silly as it may sound, I was actually afraid to read it at some point. Thriller well done, I'd say.

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