ARC: The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke – Review

I would like to thank Wildfire and Phoebe Locke for sending me this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

 

The Tall Man
Expected publication: June 14th, 2018 by Wildfire

 

YOU DON’T FIND HIM… HE FINDS YOU.

‘THE MUST-READ SUMMER CHILLER’ – Daily Express

‘IF YOU READ JUST ONE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THIS YEAR – MAKE IT THE TALL MAN’ – CultureFly

The Tall Man is an ADDICTIVE and UNFORGETTABLE blend of psychological suspense and spine-tingling chills that will be perfect for fans of Stephen King, Ruth Ware, Sarah Pinborough’s BEHIND HER EYES. If you love STRANGER THINGS, prepare to be haunted by THE TALL MAN.

A SENSELESS MURDER. A TERRIFYING LEGEND. A FAMILY HAUNTED.

1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.

2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.

2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.

Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.

He is the Tall Man. He can make you special…

I love YA a lot but sometimes it’s good to dive back into some other of your favourite genres. I’m a sucker for a good thriller, so naturally, this seemed like the book for me.

Unfortunately, I was left disappointed with it.

So let me go into the few reasons why this book just did not work out for me.

I think everyone has heard of ‘The Slender Man’, originally I was drawn to the story because of this. My mind envisioned the story to not only be thrilling but scary. Like, I would be too scared to fall asleep – it was not scary. In fact, it helped me go to sleep at nights and I’m sorry to be so harsh!

If anything I felt that the story dragged out for ages, building up to be truly terrifying only to be disappointed at the punch line. I struggled at times with the three different timelines, finding myself constantly lost. I hate having to go back and figure who is who, mainly as I don’t feel that I can enjoy the story. It felt like a mess.

The pacing of the story which I have briefly touched upon was not for me at all. It had a strong opening and surrounded the story in mystery which enticed me to pursue the rest of the book. For a majority of the book it didn’t feel like it was going anywhere, hence the dragging feeling.

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I did not like the characters. Quite simply I found everyone dull or couldn’t connect to anyone. Amber, who has been charged with murder, was the only character I found remotely interesting. But I still did not like her.

There were some positives to the book – I liked there were a few twists that I did not see coming. Phoebe Locke definitely hasn’t written a book that can be easily guessed –Β  probably why I gave it 3* instead of 2*.

I wouldn’t recommend this book because I found it super dull and frustrating to read at times.

 

3/5

 

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