Thursday, May 31, 2007

Book Review: Edgewise by Graham Masterson

Graham Masterson, now that's a name for a horror writer if there ever was one! To be honest, while he's written many top sellers, this is the first novel of his I've read. But having said that, I'm afraid Edgewise, while very good in parts, simply doesn't do the man's reputation any justice. It's been a while since we've had a book or fim about the Wendigo, and Masterson's quick read brings the ghostly deer/wolf/man back onto the scene. Strangely enough, not long after the whole Alec Baldwin/Kim Basinger debacle, this book gets released. It's about a mother who is nearly killed when an angry father's group kidnaps her children because of a messy custody situation. The distraught woman seeks the help of an irreverant Native American shaman with the hopes of setting the greatest tracker on the trail of her husband. She was never told that the Wendigo destroys and eats whoever gets in its way! Not only that, but when she can't keep up her end of the deal, she finds that she's the subject of the Wendigo's wrath. Plenty of action and grue, Edgewise is certainly the best Wendigo story I've read or seen, but like I said earlier, it's just not what I expected from someone of Masterson's reputation. Overall, I give Edgewise *** out of *****.