Tim Waggoner brings something new to the table with THE MOUTH OF THE DARK. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it before. If you are looking for a slump buster to get you out of your reading rut, then this is the book for you. There's a lot that takes place within this book. Tim Waggoner has created a world that I would like to come back to sooner rather than later.
A father (Jayce) is searching for his daughter (Emory). You know what they say, the first 48 hours are the most crucial. Jayce stumbles upon a hidden world called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. Pretty cool, huh? This world is bizarre in so many ways. Jayce is guided by a mysterious woman named Nicola. Within Shadow, you have crazed killers, dog-eaters, homicidal sex toys, and the Harvest Man (a very cool character).
The scenes jump from the page as Jayce tries to track down Emory. I can't unsee some of the stuff in this book. If you are squeamish, then this book may not be right for you. Tim Waggoner covers a lot of ground in this book. You feel like you are right there with Jayce as he is thrust into different scenarios and discovers new things. Tim Waggoner does a great job with Jayce's character development and by the end of the book, you pretty much know him.
The plot slows down at certain points in the book, but for me, that doesn't take away from the story. I feel like you need the awesome details of Shadow. I'm sure I can find my way around Shadow now.
THE MOUTH OF THE DARK plays on every parent's worst fear, which is losing your child. But that isn't the only horrors that lurk in this book. The hair-raising scenes are everything. There are unimaginable horrors and so much depravity in this book. The pages are filled with debauchery and disturbing behavior.
With that being said, I've read Tim Waggoner before and I'll read him again. His writing style is great. His stories are always fresh and inventive.