I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner
on September 6, 2018
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Jayce’s twenty-year-old daughter Emory is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides Jayce through this bizarre world, and together they search for Emory, facing deadly dog-eaters, crazed killers, homicidal sex toys, and – worst of all – a monstrous being known as the Harvest Man. But no matter what Shadow throws at him, Jayce won’t stop. He’ll do whatever it takes to find his daughter, even if it means becoming a worse monster than the things that are trying to stop him. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Here is what I thought
So it seems this author has been around for a while and written a lot of books for like Supernaturals, Resident Evil and Kingsmen! Yet, I have never heard of him till I decide to try this book and I don’t know how his other books are but this is the weirdest, strangest, weirdest book I ever read. Not sure if this was the best book to start out with for this author but I must admit I am curious about reading more from him…lol.
It’s about a father looking for his twenty-year old daughter who has been missing for a few weeks. The place he lives in has a shadow world that only a few people can see and it gave off a Total Recall type vibe to me. Jayce goes to where he thought Emery was working and the guy said he had never seen her before, but while Jayce is there he starts noticing some strange things.
Then outside by an alley he hears some weird sounds and runs into some “dog-eaters” some strange teenagers with sharp teeth and a nasty smell (maybe I should have turned away at this point), a strange woman Nicola helps him out of that situation and he goes on trying to find Emery but keeps seeing strange things going on so decides to follow Nicola.
Jayce goes to his daughters appointment looking for clues when he has thoughts about things there he just shouldn’t. Then he finds something under her bed and (this is where I should have quit!) finds an object and while looking at it some tentacles come out and start choking him while other go below the belt! Yes, it’s a sex toy that could kill you! The shadow world things are messed up!
Nicola ends up helping Jayce look for his daughter but in doing so she takes him to places he didn’t know existed and finds out he has this shadow site which is why he sees strange things. While we have all these strange things going on there is also a man called The Harvest Man, who breathes out black dust and then breaths it in and you turn to dust.
Once Jayce goes to this one bar and meets some strange people the book picks up and he starts remembering things from when he was younger than tie into the ending which I kind of guessed it was going to go that way. I can’t say that the weird went away as it didn’t it was pretty strange through the whole thing and the ending was just okay.
It was plain curiosity that kept me going with this book because it had a lot of things I wasn’t a huge fan of in it, wierd sex toys only being a part of it! I wasn’t comfortable with the thoughts in Jayce’s head about his adult daughter’s sex life and I will leave it at that! There is that weird part of me though that kind of liked this book despite the parts I didn’t like. It was really fast paced which we all know is what I love and so I finished it up in about a day and a half so it was quick.
I don’t have a lot to say about the characters as I wasn’t really a fan of any of them but if I had to pick one I liked more it would be Nicola, she was just plain weird but interesting. I didn’t care much for the dad but overall I did root for him to find his way out of the mess he lands him and hoped he could find his daughter alive. It really is just a book about a dad trying to find his daughter and finding out more about himself but amped up on weirdness x 10. 🙂
It wasn’t really scary but it was just plain weird and strange so if you like that kind of thing then I say go for it! 🙂