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Monday, February 11, 2019

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

The Last Days of Jack Sparks
by Jason Arnopp

3.5/5

336 pages

Jack Sparks died while writing this book.

It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now. 

What an odd book.  Seriously.  This one is strange (in a good way).  I'm not sure where to start talking about it, honestly. 

It's a 'found footage' type of book which features demons, ghosts, other supernatural oddities, etc.  The bulk of the novel is Spark's written words about what happened to him.  Occasionally, Jack's brother interjects to prove or disprove what Jack's written.  I really liked that aspect.  It gives a unique voice to this novel and keeps the reader on their toes as neither narrator is very reliable. 

It lags in the middle, but the beginning and end are unique and engaging.  I'm not sure this is 'scary' as much as it is unsettling.  Really unsettling. 

Overall, this isn't for the faint of heart.  I'm not a huge fan of horror, but I would recommend this to those that are.  Just know you're in for a ride.

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