First I would like to thank the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing such does not sway my review in any way.
When I was a child, I loved reading about different legends and lore. This book brought back those years to me, spun a contemporary take on them and gave me comfort in the creepiness of the story. Comfort of the known and comfort with the fact that this author didn't just tell me about the legends but treated them with honor and respect.
The author breathed a new life into the legendary characters and stories. She provided a means to bring them all together while creating a story of her own. She is spot on with the mannerisms of the era's and you can feel the historical attributes as if you were right there at that time and place. The story flowed so well and the interactions of all the characters felt like the author fine tuned each and every one of them before she even wrote it, giving each their own persona and sculpting it to perfection which meshed all the different layers together in a way that not many storytellers can.
The story itself is dark but mixed with character cockiness, stubbornness, sarcasm and humor. I found myself laughing out loud, wanting to hide in terror, ready to punch a little punk who was claimed by "The La Brea Tar Pits of asshole-ism," call the white coats, silently creep on the neighbor because he's like everywhere, and more. Any story that can take you through all these emotions and not lose you as a reader plus take it back and forth from past to present seamlessly is a keeper and one to shot praises of it from the rooftops.
This book is not for younger children, but I can see teens through adults glued to the pages. I can see this book being shared from one booklover to another to another and so on. I look forward to further legends books by Ms. Rourke and I think I'm going to do some catching up on those that I loved as a child.