The Right Hand Of Evil
by John Saul
Category: Fiction / Horror
320 pages; ISBN: 0449005836
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Luke Croll
The marriage of Ted and Janet Conway is at breaking point when they receive some news that allows them to start again. Ted inherits the family home in Louisiana and the family moves there. It should be a new beginning, but they do not know about the dark history of the Conway family.
The situation worsens as the children change and nightmares afflict Janet. What is the dark and evil secret of the house? The secret that is going to affect them all and have terrible and evil consequences?
Over the years, John Saul has proved himself more than capable of writing horror novels and this does not detract from his reputation one little bit. It is an interesting tale, with the diary extracts from the past and suchlike being a nice addition and the use of the different fonts is a good touch as well.
The only slightly disappointing thing about the novel was the ending. It would not be spoiling it to say that I would have liked to have seen a firm conclusion, tying up all the loose ends, rather than just leaving us hanging as to what happened. Despite this, I found the rest of the novel worked well.
In terms of characters, Saul chose a wide variety of people, but it is interesting to see that he concentrates the most on the portrayal of evil within youth, as we see this in most, if not all, of his books. He goes into detail with the characters and they are plausible, if from to time, slightly flat.
Overall, this is another success for Saul and is a recommended read for horror fans.
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