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THE RUINS by Scott Smith
Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine. Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle to look for him. What started out as a fun day-trip slowly spirals into a nightmare when they find an ancient ruins site . . . and the terrifying presence that lurks there
I expected it to end the way it did - hopeless. Overall a good read. I'm a little disappointed that the Ruins wasn't further explained. However, Smith milks the mysterious nature of the plants to full effect. Telling too much would take away from that. I agree with Horror Aficionado group member Jennifer that the characters weren't that likable, but Smith does a good job of letting us learn what makes them tick. It's easy to empathize with their situation. The root of THE RUINS exposes a damn good survival tale. I certainly don't regret reading this. Looking forward to next month's pick.
Dark and disturbing. Deals with friendship, alliances/pack mentality, jealousy, possessiveness, and growing sexual awareness among teenage girls in small town. One popular girl goes down with convulsive fits and ends up hospitalized. This starts an epidemic of illness among first her friends and associates and then scores of young women. Drugs, contaminated water supplies, polluted air -- various theories arise as to the cause. Megan Abbott writes believable characters and seems to have a real understanding of the adolescent psyche. This is borderline horror, but not in the traditional sense. Call it a thriller, and enjoy a very satisfying read.
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein
A quick read. Unique in that it's written by a dog. Very uplifting with an extremely satisfying ending. Dogs are intuitive and are the best supporters of their masters/owners/companions. About having a dream and not giving up in spite of numerous set-backs. I highly recommend this.