Sunday, November 17, 2019

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "Cover" (1987)

"Cover" - Jack Ketchum (1987)
302 pages

NO SPOILERS:
I've always been a big fan of Jack Ketchum and the creepy, twisting tales he enjoyed spinning around us, but "Cover" just didn't have enough 'shim in the shang-shang.'  A Vietnam veteran back from the war just can't deal, so he excuses himself from the table...preferring to isolate off in some secluded woods to try to work through some pretty messed-up memories.  On the other side of this coin is a small group of city shakers off to the forest for a little weekend back-to-nature break.  Of course...in the same general vicinity.  This reads much more like an average thriller than a typical JK horror novel.  The story reads fast and “Cover” does have its moments, but when you pull your book-dart away from the final pages...you're left with a story that's already been chewed a few times.  Still, when Ketchum goes off on a few of the main character's flashbacks...(the best parts of the story)...the shiat gets disturbingly real...real fast.   Entertaining, but not the first Jack Ketchum novel to start with.

"Cover Me" - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band / "Born In The USA" (1984)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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