The Toll by Cherie Priest

the toll

First I would like to address that I listened to the audio book, second some of the audio drags, but setting my player to 1.15 playback speed fixed it or made it less noticeable.  Spoiler Free.

This book is a take on the troll under the bridge, and it is done well.  I am not usually one for horror, I tend to keep my reviews at least to time travel sub genres. I do read a lot of other stuff, and Stephen King is one of my favorites.  Although I will never read, listen, or watch ‘IT’, I seriously am creeped out by clowns.  This book feels like a King book. Don’t get me wrong it is not a clone. It has its own voice that is very different than King’s work.  I think it was the surrealness of the events Miss Priest describes.

The book was good, real good. It was one of those books that you read/listen to in a day and feel a sad once it is over.  The ending sets itself up to have more to the story, but it has a satisfying ending.  There are some parts that I didn’t like. I feel like there is a serious lack of comeuppance for one character in particular. Maybe we will see a sequel that addresses the few loose ends that are floating around.

I really like the concept that there are 6 bridges going one way, but every now and again there might be a 7th going the other way.  The monster of the book was well thought out and described just vaguely enough to kick my imagination into overdrive.  I would love to explore the world of where the monster came from.  I love to delve deep in to this kind of lore.  There is some back story that we get a partial glimpse, but not enough to form the full picture.  The character Cameron’s backstory is something I would like explored in depth in a future sequel.  There is plenty of room in that backstory for a prequel for the cousins.

It has taken me a few days to formulate just how I felt about this book.  I think this has been one of the better novels I’ve read in the last few months if not the last year. Looking through Miss Priest’s bibliography I notice that I have read several of her book, I can confidently recommend any of her works.  The first novel I read by her was Boneshaker, and it is of the SteamPunk/zombie sub-genre.  If you like sleeping with your lights on for the next couple of weeks, check her out!

If you have something you want me to review just let me know in the comments section.

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