I don’t know how much I can write about this novel without giving too much away – but I shall try.
First off, this was a good one. This is one of those books that will stick with you long after you finish it. I read it in no time because the book kept you wanting and honestly, when the last page was turned, you still wanted.
This story is told by Addison Goodheart who was brought up for the first eight years of his life by a mother who couldn’t stand to be around him. Fueled by drugs and alcohol she could only stand to look at him for short amounts of time. She cast him out when he was eight knowing that he would probably die, but she just couldn’t stand it anymore. Riddled by grief, guilt or something more she killed herself while Addison watched from the bushes. It was hard to read of a mother casting her son out like a piece of garbage. However, Addison held great respect for his mother and didn’t blame her. He knew that when people saw him, especially into his eyes, they wanted to kill him. His mother had told him of the midwife who delivered who tried to smother him with a blanket. His own mother tried and failed to kill him as well. However, Addison didn’t blame them. He knew that he was a monster and loathed bringing this much hatred and pain to people.
When he got into the city he was attacked by everyone who saw him and was thankfully rescued by someone just like him. Someone that people couldn’t stand the sight of. He came to know him simple as Father and lived beneath the city of people who would harm them if they ever looked into their eyes. They would only come out at night or during bad weather, and would always cover their faces so that people wouldn’t see them.
So the whole book you are thinking – “What in the name of all that is reasonable could be so bad that people won’t even look at them?!” The whole time.
Addison meets Gwyneth who suffers from “Social Phobia” and cannot stand to be touched. He can’t be seen and she can’t be touched – already a match made in heaven. They a drawn together and soon hunted together. Something about them has made them targets and on a dark snowy evening the truth comes out.
This book, as I said, leaves you wanting more. The characters stay with you, the plot and the ending. It grips you from the first page and doesn’t let go.
I would recommend this book for anyone who likes Dean Koontz, Stephen King, mystery, fiction, or a book you spend the whole time saying “What the heck?!” and have to wait till the last pages to have it all make sense.