An interesting, but not uncommon, review came in for Blow Up the Roses the other day. This reader is not the first to acknowledge not wanting to continue the story, but being so captured they couldn't quit.
Here's that most recent comment:
"I had put off reading Blow Up The Roses. I wasn't sure I wanted to read it. When I started, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue. But like all of your books, I couldn't put it down. The story grabbed me, even as I didn't want to know what happened next. We all know there is evil in the world, but this kind of reality is almost too evil for words. Any parent feels fear at the stories of children being lured into a car. We can't even begin to contemplate that something like this could happen to our children.
"You think you know your neighbors. What a frightening prospect! I guess everyone has skeletons in their closets but this was a truly scary story. And, of course, I really enjoyed it."
Here are some other similar reactions:
"After reading the first two paragraphs of this book I wanted to stop because I knew it would be disturbing. I continued reading because I've looked at my neighbors' homes and thought about the possibility that they're hiding terrible secrets in their basements and attics and no one will ever know. Apparently, Randy Attwood has also. Thought about it, I mean. I hope."
"At the end of the first paragraph I had to decide whether I was brave enough to continue. I wasn't sure I wanted to know what happened next. I did read the whole story and enjoyed Mr. Attwood's characters; a veritable crazy quilt of unlikely neighbors who maintained a strange sort of formality despite the ugly reasons for their interactions. I would remind the reader that the most frightening parts of a story are those we fill in with our own imaginations."
We'll end with this high praise:
"Read the first four chapters. Very creepy. Kind of reminded me of Tom Harris from the Hannibal Lector series. I like how you build suspense with Mr. Brown and whatever he's got cooked up in his duplex. The way you use Mr. and Mrs. adds a coldness to the writing that prevents the reader from getting comfortable. I think this is a great book."
So if you like a dark read and to get "creeped out," here ya go: