Nothing Lasting is like The Body (aka the movie Stand By Me), but directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Yep, this was a good one!
As young Noah Berkley and his recently divorced dad move to his late grandfather's house, he tries to adjust to his new life. Without his mom living with them, without his grand-dad's support and often without his dad, who as a firefighter often works long shifts, Noah has a difficult time of it. When he meets his dad's "friend" Erin and her son Derek, his life is about to change for the worse. The only good thing he's got going is his pretty new schoolmate Jenny Sparrow, and Noah clings to the thought of her with all he's got. When Derek begins acting like a juvenile delinquent, Noah struggles between doing the right thing or losing Derek. If that was his only problem, Noah would be okay. However, it's not and you'll have to read the book to see what happens next.
Nothing Lasting is more of a YA novel with horrific accents rather than an all-out horror story. YA is normally not my thing, but this book captured and kept my attention. I did find the pacing to be a little slow at times, (teen angst and all that), and though I never felt like putting the book down, I did deduct a star for that. I can't say much else without spoiling anything, but I loved the build up of tension as things began to go south between Derek and Noah. I felt that they were both well developed characters and as the story unfolded, I felt the same way about most of the rest of the cast as well. I cared about them and found it difficult towards the end to deal with my feelings as the truth became clear. To me, that's the sign of a good, (perhaps a great?), novel.
Recommended to fans of coming of age novels intertwined with healthy doses of horror!
You can buy your copy here: Nothing Lasting
*I am an online *friend* of the author and he provided a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*
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