Saturday, January 15, 2011

Book Review: "The Takeover" by Jack Drew

You've heard the adage "if it seems to good to be true, it probably is"? Well, I would imagine that if he could, Chance Fordham, the main character in Jack Drew's creepy The Takeover, would have that tattooed everywhere he could.

A computer programmer living a fairly mediocre existence, Chance and his wife, Vicki, are struggling, both financially and emotionally. Vicki wants Chance to get a better-paying job and be more supportive of how hard she works to care for their two children. But when Chance lands a job at TCI (aka The Company), somehow the gigantic raise in salary and move to a beautiful house in a development where all Company employees are required to live, start to seem a little too good to be true. And then the strangest things keep happening—from the bizarre dreams both Chance and Vicki start having, to Chance's inexplicable lust for one of TCI's administrative assistants, to the horrible stench that surrounds Mr. Grisham, TCI's director of HR. And scarily enough, that's just the tip of the iceberg...

I don't read a lot of horror books, mainly because I'm a wuss. And boy, this book was creepy. But while I read parts of the book the way I watch some horror movies, dreading what's going to come next, Drew still told a really compelling story. At times I wanted to shout at the characters to make them realize what was going to happen, but people on a plane don't take kindly to other passengers shouting at inanimate objects. This definitely kept me turning the pages, even when I didn't want to.

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