ISBN #: 978-1478320456
Page Count: 300
Copyright: August 27, 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(Taken from back cover)
The films of the forties and fifties depended on lighting and sounds to convey terror. They didn't have the advantage of color and computer graphics nor did they delve into the same level of gore and violence that we see today. Such was the world of Brandon, a young impressionable boy who watches a Frankenstein movie on television one night and begins a trek through life in an ever deepening spiral of FEAR of the grey men and shadowy characters of these early films.
Losing his father to a hit and run driver and his mother to her own mental hell, Brandon leaves home in suburban Detroit, seeking sanity in Florida. He arrives in Washington, DC and decides to earn a little money as a dishwasher before continuing his journey. He stays and eventually begins to see hope in his dark tunnel and a few life changing events begin to lift his spirits.
Killing His Fear takes place almost entirely in the District of Columbia. This is Wren's second book about a serial killer. It is a work of fiction, but the events are well within the realm of possibility. Brandon may be on a track to coming out of his hellish spiral, or he may be boring deeper into oblivion.
Brandon's a little mentally unbalanced because he saw the old black and white Frankenstein movie when he was little and it had a profound effect on him. Now, as an adult, he thinks there are demons in the movies that can see him and know him. He believes they want to hurt him. In order to get "them" to shut up, Brandon finds out that killing people does the trick. He continues to do so until the police catch up to him.
This makes the second book of Mr. Wren's that I've read. While I applaud his imaginative skills, his work is not for me. I'm pretty sure it's his writing style that I'm not fond of, although I can't really pinpoint exactly what is it about it that turns me off. Sorry, Mr. Wren. I think your books have solid enough plots and I know there's an audience out there for you ... I just won't be included in those numbers.
*A physical copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.