Book Review – Beckon by Tom Pawlik


Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in conjunction with the Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour in May 2012. I’m a little late getting my review up.

Genre & Length: Suspense, 401 pages

The Blurb:

Some things weren’t meant to be discovered.  But once they’re unleashed, there’s no turning back.
Beneath the town of Beckon, a terror hides, lurking in the darkness.  Waiting.

Three people are drawn to the small Wyoming town for very different reasons.  Anthropologist Jack Kendrick comes looking for clues to his father’s disappearance.  Police officer Elina Gutierrez arrives in the near-deserted town on the trail of her missing cousin.  And George Wilcox is lured by the promise of a cure for his wife’s illness.

All are looking for answers.  But as they draw closer to discovering the town’s chilling secret, the real question becomes. . .

Will their quest uncover a miracle, or release an unspeakable evil?

My Thoughts

Plot: I will be honest, it’s been over a year since I read this. In fact, as I was heading back home from this year’s OWFI conference, I remembered thinking “Huh. I was finishing Beckon on the drive back last year. I really should get this review up.”

So, a year later, what can I remember?

I remember being creeped out at several scenes. I remember reading it and thinking “This raises some EXCELLENT questions that I need to keep in mind while writing Catalyst.” (I already had my basic premise, and was just starting to outline it at that point.)

Pacing: I remember being bored in a few places, even though this was labeled “suspense”. I skim read through probably a quarter of this book.

Writing Style: One of the main characters made me think of Indiana Jones, lol. But I don’t recall having any problems with the writing itself.

Would I read this book again: Maybe. I’d have to really feel the urge to read again, just to think on the questions it raised in my mind. Currently? I have no plans to read it again in the near future.

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