Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

The Bone House by Brian Freeman (♦♦♦♦½)

Glory Fischer, a native of a remote Wisconsin town, narrowly survives a deadly fire as a ten year-old. Six years later, she is found dead in a beach in Naples, Florida, where she had gone to vacation and to support her sister who was attending a national, college dance competition. The prime suspect is Mark Bradley who is also vacationing at the same resort with his wife.

Mark Bradley had it all: he was an attractive man in his mid-forties, he had a smart, beautiful wife who trusted him, a career at which he excelled and a house in an isolated part of the country, which he loved. His good name was taken away a year prior when rumors surfaced of him having a steamy affair with teenager Tresa Fischer, Glory’s older sister. He had been a substitute high school teacher but had been fired after the scandal. Mark wasn’t charged with a crime because Tresa denied the allegations. Despite of it, everyone in their community thought he was guilty and that Hilary, his wife, was a fool for trusting him.

Glory’s death brought back the hatred and suspicions towards Mark Bradley, only this time people were ready to make him pay for it. Detective Cab Bolton with the Naples police, traveled to Door County, Wisconsin to keep abreast of developments in the case. Soon after his arrival he realized that Mark Bradley had already been tried and convicted in the public’s opinion and that some people in the community were ready to kill to see Bradley brought to justice.

Wow. This story is as cold as it is enthralling. I couldn’t put down this book since the first page, and the opening proves to be more important as the story progresses. This is a taut, psychological thriller that packs punches without being too conscious of it. This is the kind of stuff that nightmares are made of. Neither too slow nor too rushed the action has a pace that doesn’t make the reader hyper but still keeps him/her on his/her toes.

I would love to read another story by this author if he manages to repeat this formula. Bravo!