Wow...Laymon has a real talent for surprising and horrifying you. You will be on the edge of your seat to see who survives and who doesn't. As other reviewers have mentioned, the story concerns a group of college students who set out to find a treasure promised to them by a spirit they contact on a Ougi board. The board directs them to several small treasures and they trust it and head off camping in a deserted part of the woods. Here, they run into danger and the mysterious past of one one of them is revealed- a past which comes back to haunt the students.
A thrilling, exciting read...like all of Laymon's.
In this book we have six college kids, Lana, Keith, Doris, Glen, Howard, and Angela, celebrating the end of their summer semester at Corie's place, their professor. They get the Ouija board game out for fun and meet a spirit named Butler. Before they know it they are sneaking off to the mountains on an adventure to look for treasure. Corie is worried about the kids after what happened to her late husband Jake last time she used the Ouija board, so she goes after the kids with Chad, her former brother in law, who just happened to show up on this particular night after disappearing many years ago. Add to the mix some romantic subplots, a few character back stories, and a sadistic madman, and you have a good read. This is not my favorite Richard Laymon, not as much sex and gore as is typical in his books, but still a good read. I would recommend it!
Richard Laymon is such a great writer! This book literally raised the hair on the back of my neck for nearly the entire story! It was creepy, fun and very exciting! His writing really sucks you into the story, making the unbelievable utterly believable. It is a great, summery (the perfect book for camping!) fun.
Not as much action as I'm used to from Mr. Laymon but I did enjoy the concept. Good reading!
I couldn't get into this book. It was very slow, not a lot of action until the last 6 chapters or so. Just really didn't care for it.
6 College kids plus one Ouija Board equals one terrifying tale of danger, torture, murder and a 15-year mystery solved. This is a seat-of-the pants scarey read!
A typical Laymon story, a group of college kids play with a Ouija board at a party and set off on an adventure that leads to excitement, terror and death. I enjoyed the book as I do all of Laymons stories. If you aren't one of Richards Laymons fans you probably won't enjoy this book, if you are I'm sure you will like it as much as I did.
This is a great book, scary, intense and thrilling. The late Richard Laymon is a fantastic author and it is too bad someone is not continuing his work.
It started as a game. Six college kids at a party. Then someone suggested they try the Ouija board. the board that Corie had hidden in the back of her closet and sworn never to touch again. Not after what happened last time. Not after Jake's death...
They were only playing around, but the Ouija board worked, all right. Maybe too well. A spirit who called imself Butler began to send them messages- and make demands. Butler promised them a hidden treasure if only they would follow his directions and head off to a secluded spot in the mountains...a wild, isolated spot where anything could be waiting for them. Treasure or death. Or Butler himself.
Another great Laymon book. A must read if you are a fan. I really enjoyed this one.
I'd give this book 5 stars of course, love Laymon.
Laymon is a great story teller!
Laymon is the King and even this semi-cliche'd idea of an experiment with a Ouija Board outshines almost everything else! Recommended!
This is my first book by this author and I wasn't disappointed, although his gratuitous use of sex scenes seems to be his page filler gimmick. The story line doesn't take long to get started with the group of students taking the Ouija board results and suggestions a little too quickly to be believable in the context of the story line. There are enough twists throughout the book to keep you entertained and wanting to read further. The ending was a little disappointing as the Ouija board takes a back seat to other developments. Sometimes you can complain about a story moving too slowly, in this case it moved a little too fast with the characters will to accept a lot of things without really thinking them through thus moving the story very fast. If the occasion presents itself to read other books by this author I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up.
A good story. Not his best but still good!