Vacation by Matthew Costello Review

vacationGenre: Horror, Adult Fiction

Plot According to Goodreads: In the near future after a global crisis causes crops to fail and species to disappear . . .  something even more deadly happens. Groups of humans around the world suddenly become predators, feeding off their own kind. These “Can Heads” grow to such a threat that fences, gated compounds, and SWAT-style police protection become absolutely necessary in order to live.

After one Can Head attack leaves NYPD cop Jack Murphy wounded, Jack takes his wife and kids on a much-needed vacation. Far up north, to a camp where families can still swim and take boats out on a lake, and pretend that the world isn’t going to hell.

But the Can Heads are never far away, and nothing is quite what it seems in Paterville. . . .

My Thoughts: I went into this book with no expectations…the synopsis sounded good and I was in the mood for something different. The book was great and I really enjoyed it. This is the type of book that reads like a movie…the sentences are very clipped and short and there is a lot of dialogue….this made it a very quick read.

The Good: There are no extremely gory scenes…things are described so that the reader can imagine what is happening but there aren’t a lot of graphic details. I can be a bit squeamish when things get too graphic so I was thankful for this.  The vacation setting was a fun twist on a common storyline…I love settings in the wilderness or leisurely places. The story had steady pacing, there were no places where I felt the story lagged.

What I didn’t Like: The world in this story was very interesting but there were a lot of things that were left unexplained….I wanted to know why the can heads did what they did and more about the world. (This is the first book in a duology so it’s possible that things will become clearer in the second book). I didn’t feel like I got to know the characters as well as I would have liked.

My Rating: 4/5 stars.

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