Okay Abites, bear with me on this one. This is written as a true crime story. The protagonist in the book IS Blaine Pardoe, the author. He claims, in an interview I read, that although some of the names were changed, everything else is true.
But here's the thing. While the story is a good story - it is creepy, violent, and horrific - it is also paranormal. That in itself lends it to some skepticism. I'm not saying paranormal stuff can't be real. BUT...
And this, for me, is a BIG but...
Blaine Pardoe is reportedly a published author of many non-fiction works. This book is not self-published - it is published by Hydra
Publications. And yet - there are so many typos in (at least the Kindle version of) this book, and it is in desperate need of a good copy editor as well as a proof reader. It is not unreadable, but needs a fair bit of spit and polish and part of me wonders...
Is that a stunt? Did they deliberately leave in the typos and the unpolished writing to lend more creedence to the "true story" feel? Is it a marketing ploy of some sort?
If so, it has backfired on me. Occasional typos are one thing. I can get past them. But this book is riddled with them. I found the typos really distracting, having to read a sentence through more than once to figure out what the author was trying to say. The writing was repetitive until you got at least half way through the book (I nearly gave up).
The other major problem I had with this book, is that the book itself makes up only 75% of the Kindle download. All the other promotional stuff at the back is the other 25%. While it is the norm to publish promotional material at the back of a book (my own book has about 10%) I do think 25% is extremely excessive.
So in summary, it was creepy enough that when I finished it at 2 a.m. I needed to pick up something lighter and start reading it so I wouldn't be dwelling on it as I tried to sleep - which I think is a good thing, and the story held my interest. But unless the author gets this book polished up and proof read I really can't recommend it.
Abites, do you like "true" crime/paranormal stories? What is the best one you have read so far?
Personal Journal: Blaine Pardoe
wasn’t prepared for this, hell, no one was, especially the police. I
could wrap my mind around a serial killer back then. Oddly, that was
easy especially when these crimes first broke. Serial killers seemed
commonplace – almost boring. The Route 211 killings were big news, but
only for a few weeks, then the story disappeared, except for those of us
involved with the investigation.
“These killings were something
more. The Virginia Piedmont had malevolent secrets that were thought
long lost and forgotten. The more I dug the more I discovered that these
horrific murders spanned centuries. The common link to the savage
murders was to the crazy Fitzwater family, but their ties to the crimes
were even more sinister than the public ever knew. It was something dark
and evil, a killer that didn’t just kill his victims, it performed
rituals that still send shivers down my spine.
me to face a force of darkness centuries old, one that consumed its
victims to cheat death. I always said I had seen everything until that
autumn of 1998 when I found myself ensnared in a diabolical growth of