(Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and are honest and unbiased.)
Golem by PD Alleva was a gripping, extremely disturbing read, which was exactly what I banked on when I accepted this book for review. Alleva had an excellent command of details and imagery. Each scene was vivid in my mind. This made for a very immersive story, as did the depth and realism of the characters.
Golem was one of the most vile and best-written villains I've read about in a while. There was just enough left open at the end of the book that Alleva could write a sequel, and I would be willing to read it as long as Golem was still a primary character. At times, the sentence rhythm was spot-on, powerful, and enchanting.
However, the punctuation errors were a bit distracting. The majority of the book was comprised of backstory, which, though interesting and necessary, severely interrupted the flow of the original narrative and mystery. I feel the story would have been stronger had it been written in chronological order.
In conclusion, Golem was a fascinating, grim, fatalistic, and frightening read. If you have a strong stomach and a taste for bone-chilling horror, give Golem a shot. Just be warned that it's not for the faint of heart. I also read and loved the Author's Note. Be sure to check it out if you read the book because it offers a lot of interesting insight.
Trigger warnings: Golem Graphic Content - PD Alleva
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