Mystery Walk by Robert McCammon

Mystery Walk - Robert R. McCammon


Review edited 10.14.13.

I am a HUGE Robert McCammon fan. Since his older works are all becoming available as e-books now, I'm trying to re-read everything of McCammon's that I read as a teenager. Lucky for me, these stories stand the test of time.

Mystery Walk is the story of two boys. One of Choctaw blood that can see and speak to the dead. The other, the son of a famous evangelist, can heal the sick. The stories of these boys on their way to manhood is fascinating. How they discover the gifts which they harbor within, and how they learn how to deal with said gifts was the most interesting part of the book to me.

I didn't wholeheartedly embrace the ending, though I did think it was okay. The characters grew throughout the book, so I enjoyed the character development. I have always admired McCammon's prose. The man knows how to weave words together to form a complete fabric for the story. All in all, I would recommend this book and I would give it, if allowed, a 4.5 rating.

Revision 10.14.13: A third read of this book has led me to change a couple of things about this review. This time around I thought the ending was perfect. In fact, I can't see another ending that would have worked. Also, I'm not sure if the e-book version has been updated, but I think it has because I did not see the errors this time around that I found the first time. There were still a few typos, but nothing more than one would normally see in print book.

It must be a sign of a good writer when the author can change a reader's mind about the ending all these years and two reads later. I enjoyed the hell out of this book and if it sounds interesting to you, or if you're a fan of Mr. McCammon, give it a shot. I think you'll like it! Highly recommended!