42. Doctor Forrest: something brooding, spooky & sinister ‘for the intelligent adult’…

I must say I like the cut of this write-up of Forrest from the blog of The American Book Center, a site that came as news to me. Reviewer Jake Lloyd Staley clearly feels the first two-thirds of the novel have their longueurs but – consequently, I suspect – the ‘Confession’ section thereafter worked all the better for him…
Staley writes:

This book belongs to that sub-genre of thrillers in which the possibility of supernatural intervention in the lives of ordinary people cannot be ruled out… In the final section of the book, Dr. Forrest gives his own account of what’s been happening. It turns out that he has not been absent at all, and has been not only present in the lives of the others, but an active participant. Author Richard T. Kelly writes for the intelligent adult, and he does it well. But it is especially in this final section that the novel becomes genuinely engaging. Dr. Forrest’s exposition is a brooding story, engrossing the reader in a sinister reality on the fringes of everyday life, where normal reality meets — and merges with — the paranormal and inexplicable, lending a spooky counterpoint to the earlier, more mundane narratives.


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