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You wouldn’t know it by simply glancing at my blog, but I am actually a fan of Westerns and Horror. Mostly, I watch Bonanza and scary movies so I am not a super fan, but I do like those genres, and I really liked Night of the Chupacabra.
When the story begins, we are introduced to the main character, Drake, and his family. He is traveling with his wife, five year old daughter, and younger brother. Although his life isn’t ideal, he is happy enough and his family is very important to him.
As you can tell from the synopsis, Drake’s happiness doesn’t last very long. His life is destroyed on the night a deadly creature attacks and separates him from his family.
Drake is horribly scarred from his encounter with the Chupacabra, and the only thing that keeps him going is the search for the family he lost.
This book was very entertaining and fast paced. Drake tracks his wife to this little town in the middle of nowhere, and has a lot of trouble with the locals. Not only do they naturally distrust any strangers, but Drake’s disturbing appearance causes people to be extra fearful of him.
At first, I was settling into my normal routine while reading this. I decided that the town was filled with a bunch of narrow-minded jerks, and Drake was the misunderstood hero. However, nothing is this story was quite that simple. In comparison to most of the other men in town, Drake was the “good guy”, but he was far from a hero. In fact, if the story had been told from another point of view, he could have just as easily been a villain. But since I knew him so well and understood what drove him, I found myself rooting for Drake even when I shouldn’t. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy it when a book can make me root for unlikely characters.
There were plenty of details in this book, and that was both a good and bad thing. It was a good thing because the details were well written without being overly descriptive, and it made it easy to get lost in the story. I felt as though I got to peek into each person’s psyche, and found out what made them tick. I knew what was important to them, who they loved, who they hated, and what they feared in just a few short pages. It was a bad thing because I was forced to keep track of about 15 different characters at the same time. I didn’t only have to deal with Drake’s point of view either. I saw things through the eyes of almost every character, including the monster, and I found it difficult to remember who each person was.
However, this is a Horror novel so I didn’t have to keep track of certain people for very long.
I can honestly say that I have never read a book like this. It was scary, but not overly dramatic and traumatic. There were definitely gory moments, but I didn’t feel like the author was depending on shock value, instead, he used those moments of violence to exemplify the deeper messages and plot points. Drake’s intense and obsessive love for his family is highlighted by the things he is willing to do to get them back. The misery and fear of the town’s residents causes them to behave in an animalistic and cruel manner. And even the Chupacabra was more than a mindless killing machine.
This was a very gritty and exciting read, and I can’t help but look forward to reading future installments in the series.
Because of violence, language, and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 17 and up.