Author: Jonathan Maberry
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Page Count: 450
My rating: 2 stars
About the book:
From New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry comes a standalone supernatural thriller Ink, about a memory thief who feeds on the most precious of dreams.
Tattoo-artist Patty Cakes has her dead daughter’s face tattooed on the back of her hand. Day by day it begins to fade, taking with it all of Patty’s memories of her daughter. All she’s left with is the certain knowledge she has forgotten her lost child. The awareness of that loss is tearing her apart.
Monk Addison is a private investigator whose skin is covered with the tattooed faces of murder victims. He is a predator who hunts for killers, and the ghosts of all of those dead people haunt his life. Some of those faces have begun to fade, too, destroying the very souls of the dead.
All through the town of Pine Deep people are having their most precious memories stolen. The monster seems to target the lonely, the disenfranchised, the people who need memories to anchor them to this world.
Something is out there. Something cruel and evil is feeding on the memories, erasing them from the hearts and minds of people like Patty and Monk and others.
Ink is the story of a few lonely, damaged people hunting for a memory thief. When all you have are memories, there is no greater horror than forgetting.
Ink by Jonathan Maberry is a standalone horror filled supernatural thriller. In today’s society we all know we need to lock away our valuables or they may just be stolen but what if your most precious memories could be taken too?
Monk Addison is a private investigator who has moved to Pine Deep, Pennsylvania to be closer to tattoo artist Patty Cakes. Both have tattoos on their bodies that remind them of people and times in their lives but those tattoos have begun to fade. Somewhere in Pine Deep is a monster that is feeding on those precious memories that it’s victims hold close.
As a fan of horror I keep finding myself picking up stories hoping for something to give me the chills and finding myself more bored than anything. Ink felt like the type of book I think of as trying too hard with weird sexual content that was more a turn off than the chills I’d want. There were also just too many points of view to follow to get me connected which to me makes the story drag. Overall I came away wishing I had just passed on this one as it seemed to check all the wrong boxes for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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