Catharsis

Adult
Rated 4.50/5 based on 3 reviews
A freak blizzard descends upon Spring City, New Hampshire - a small town with dark secrets. The ghosts of previous residents have come with the storm, and they've passed a cruel judgement on their modern counterparts. More

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Words: 78,650
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458039132
About Jonathan Face

Jonathan Face has worked as a fast food employee, cashier, taxi driver, truck unloader, security guard, dispatcher, web developer, and most recently as a computer programmer at Google, Inc. He grew up in New Hampshire and now lives and works in New York City.

Reviews

Review by: Karl Drinkwater on April 12, 2012 :
This novel did exactly what I wanted: entertained me on a long train journey to France and back. The novel was well plotted and confidently written.

There are definitely influences from Stephen King. Phrases such as "Sometimes they came back" reminded me of his stories; some of the children scenes resembled Salem's Lot; and the plot setup was reminiscent of Needful Things in the way that characters were manipulated so as to create animosities between them.

One downside of the structure is that there is lots of exposition. This is mostly unavoidable if you are going to introduce a large cast of characters and want each to feel rounded. However, although the downside is that it can slow down the novel slightly, it does lead to a feeling of scale and interconnectedness which compensates. I just mention this so that you don't get disappointed with this novel if you are after something fast-paced from the off. Instead it works best if you let it get under your skin and drift along for the ride.

There were a few typos, no more than inevitably sneaks into a work of this length while editing out other errors. I've therefore not let them affect my rating, and rather than list them have emailed Jonathan directly, so they will probably disappear from future versions and you can ignore this comment.

All in all a satisfying read that doesn't answer every question, but does take us to a mysterious and satisfying conclusion.
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Review by: Judy Newman on Sep. 06, 2011 : (no rating)
After the first seven chapters of this book, I was convinced that Stephen King had adopted another pseudonym. After google-ing Johnathan Face, I'm still not convinced, but either way ~ this book should be on the best-seller list. I did get it for free, but would have gladly paid for it ~ and will be happy to purchase his next effort. Seriously, this guy should be writing for "Supernatural" or be picked up by a publisher very soon! Give us MORE, Jonathan!!
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Review by: Sue Erickson on July 15, 2011 :
Wow, that was a great story!!!! Loved the cast of characters. Nice twists here and there. Hope to read more of your work!!!!
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