In this book, Maberry returns to Pine Deep almost twenty years after the Troubles with a mix of old and new characters. Crow, now the Sheriff, his Adopted son, who is one of his Deputies, and Monk, from Maberry's book "Glimpse", all put in a strong showing.
This book is all about the horrors of forgetting who and, maybe, even what you are. A new monster has come to Pine Deep, a thing capable of stealing parts of the human mind in the form of memories, who leaves behind no trace of what was when he's done. Peoples whole identities are erased or permanently changed by a means that you will have to read to grasp, but makes you very nervous after reading it. The repulsive villain finds stealing and living others memories sweet, even arousing-and simply doesn't care what it does to those who have lost part of themselves.
A Vietnam Veteran looses the memory of a band of brothers he enlisted with. A desperate old man realises something has been stolen from him-but he cannot get it back and no longer even knows who is. A Husband whose Wife survived Cancer more than once suddenly can't remember a thing about any of it. Even Monk is caught up in it.
But Monk's tattoo's are...different. They aren't just art drawn onto his body, there is a LOT more to it. The villain thinks he's untouchable, but he has no idea there are things out there that make nightmares seem quaint. Monk, what he's become with Ghosts on his skin, is one of those things...
Crow and his son get stuck in after the police have to investigate what's happenning with people claiming lost time, memory and suffering injuries they cannot explain. Monk is the kind of man who could certainly cause people of all types and ages serious trouble, but that's not who he is. Unfortunately for him, Crow doesn't know that. Worse, this is Pine Deep. Peculiar and insane are normal here...
The book is well-written and the characters clearly drawn. Monk does more than anyone to investigate what's going on and put a stop to it, but he's not a Detective. Crow and his son are, but they don't know what they are looking for. Other characters dip in and out of the narrative and add to the story. Even the villain manages to hide in plain sight, a rare accomplishment.
Also, you can tell that time has passed, as Crow's son is now a full-grown adult man and Crow is starting to show his age. Despite this, as it's Maberry, the villain tries extreme physical violence to put Monk and Crow down for good to keep himself safe. Not by himself, he recruits some "friends". But just because both men are trapped in a shop, only lightly armed and caught by surprise?
Monk and Crow fight like demons who have crawled out of Hell and are never going back. They fight the good fight, but have unusual help...
If you enjoy Maberry's work, you'll love this.
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Decent premise, terrible executionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2021
I used to be a big fan of the author, but his last couple of books have left me feeling pretty meh towards him. This one is most likely the final straw. Two of the characters - Monk Addison and Patty Cakes - from his last pure horror novel, Glimpse, return here, as does the setting of Pine Deep from his very first trilogy, but nothing much is done with either. The pace drags, a large chunk of the prose is pure purple, and the big bad is a huge let down. There's probably a decent story buried here somewhere, but INK doesn't tell it. There's much better horror novels out there than this one.
Not sorry to finishReviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 December 2020
Very slow to get going and then a rushed ending. Very little character development. Whole story felt very one dimensional.
THIS BOOK EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS!!Reviewed in Canada on 6 January 2021
I expected to enjoy this book, but it really was even better then i expected!! Jonathon Maberry is an exceptional author, i have read a number of different books of his and enjoy each and every one! The rot and ruin series is also a good read, i think 7 books in that set. Some characters appearing in this book are main characters from the pine deep trilogy, however, this book is stand alone from that and can easily be enjoyed without first reading that series. I chose to seek out the pine deep trilogy to read before this one, and im glad that i did simply because i felt like i already had a relationship with those characters that reappeared, and it was nice getting a glance into what they been up to since the trilogy. I would highly recommend this book, and frankly anything by this author!
T. Lee St Denis
AmazingReviewed in Canada on 19 December 2020
I loved it! I love books about ink especially because I have a few tattoos myself that hold meaning plus I loved the pine deep series