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The Trickster

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A book by Muriel Gray

In a remote town high in the Canadian Rockies, some mysterious and terrible killer is on the loose. Mutilated bodies appear in the snow, with no human footprints nearby. For Sam Hunt, this is especially terrifying -- Sam has been having blackouts, waking … see full wiki

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Author: Muriel Gray
Publisher: Tor Books
1 review about The Trickster

Well constructed horror tale with a few flaws

  • Sep 16, 2001
If you like horror stories, you'll like this book. It has enough hideous murders to make Stephen King cringe, and the story pays meticulous attention to the characters and their lives, in a picture perfect Canadian ski town. I particularly liked the story mechanism which took the reader back to earlier in the century, when railroad workers unwittingly unleash the being that is the trickster.

However, there are a few flaws in the story, and they are quite serious ones. First and foremost is the author's continuing message of childhood sexual abuse amongst native Canadian families. If this is an important part of the plot, then so be it, but I think it is seriously overdone and takes away from some of the suspense, not to mention adding to the general distaste the reader may feel. Sometimes a little subtlety goes a long way.

Secondly, our hero/prime suspect's son suspects that there is sonething wrong with his father, and this is manifested throughout the novel as fear, until almost the end when he completely turns his thoughts around. Somehow any value that this plot device has had up to that time is lost at this point.

The ending is jumbled, but this appears to be standard fare with horror books that deal with the supernatural. Perhaps authors have difficulties articulating the end of a horror they have worked so hard to create.

But criticisms aside, this is an interesting read, and it kept me appropriately engrossed for a few days. The author is a talented writer, and I look forward to anything else she may write.

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