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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Guardians: by Andrew Pyper: Book Review

The Guardians
by Andrew Pyper
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-66371-7
Publication Date: January 4, 2011

Description: From acclaimed author Andrew Pyper, a gripping novel of psychological suspense about four men haunted by a secret from childhood.

There's no such thing as an empty house...

Trevor, Randy, Ben and Carl grew up together in the small town of Grimshaw as many boys do — playing hockey and forging friendships that run deep. Twenty-four years later, when Ben commits suicide, the three remaining friends gather once again in their hometown. But going home means going back, and that's not always easy. The three men are forced to confront their memories of a sinister crime that happened in an abandoned house in their neighbourhood — a crime that claws its way into the present, leaving its indelible mark on everyone.

The Good Stuff
  • Extremely suspenseful and delightfully creepy at times
  • It's got a Haunted House and I LOVE haunted house stories!!!!!
  • Set in small town Ontario -- so it is very familiar to me -- even been to Grimshaw
  • Canadian and not depressing - who would have thought
  • Lots of twists and turns and surprises that you don't see coming
  • Very wise commentary on youth and loss of innocense
  • Did I mention Ghosts and Haunted Houses - what's not to love
  • Will definitely be looking for other books by author -- love it when I find a good Canadian fiction author -- that doesn't depress the crap out of me or write about the frickin prairies
  • It reminded me a little of "good" Stephen King stories like The Body, It and Bag of Bones without the icky stuff that King sometimes goes overboard with (Love you Stevie but still haven't totally forgiven you for Pet Cemetary)
  • Heard that this book is under option to be made into a movie -- with the right director I think it would make an awesome flick
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Some dry humour present, but would have liked a little more
  • Small town Ontario isn't as bad as he makes it sound at times ; )
  • Must go hug my two little boys and pray that nothing shitty happens like it does to the boys in the book
  • Hmm might be discouraging Jesse about playing Hockey
  • Prefer the cover of the Orion version -- more spooky looking -- although this cover is pretty good too
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"My father, not known for his wisdom (though he took runs at it on the nights he hit the sauce harder than usual), once told me something that has proven consistent with my experience; while a man can accumulate any number of acquaintances over his life, his only true friends are the ones he makes in his youth."

"But to me, there is something chilling in all the broken-down bastions of the divine, as though it will be here, and not in the indifferent, thrumming city, that the final wrestling of goods and evils will take place. And it won't be as showy as Revelation promised either; no beast rising from the sea, no serpent to tell seductive lies.  When the reckoning takes place it will be quiet.  And like all the bad done in Grimshaw, it will be known by many but spoken by none."

What I Learned
  • Grimshaw sucks ; )
  • Boyhood  friends are friends for life-- must pay closer attention to Jake and Jesse's friends LOL
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fans of Stephen King will probably enjoy (I know I did & I love King's good stuff)
  • Lovers of Ghost and Haunted House stories will really enjoy
  • Actually think this would be a good one for everyone -- absolutely perfect read for a Cold Canadian winters night
4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House of Canada in exchange for an honest review -- Thanks guys for bringing my attention to a good Canadian fiction author

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