What Hides Within

What Hides Within - Jason  Parent As assured a debut novel as any I've read, [b:What Hides Within|15828555|What Hides Within|Jason Parent|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344971853s/15828555.jpg|21561970] defies both expectations and classification with cleverness and style. Is it horror? Comedy? Crime thriller? Supernatural mystery? The answer is difficult to pin down, but that didn't keep me from enjoying evey second of this book.

When I first started reading, I was expecting a light horror comedy somewhere in the vicinity of JOHN DIES AT THE END or THIS BOOK IS FULL OF SPIDERS, maybe even shades of DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY.

But even though it is full of wit and humor, as the story progresses it subtley shifts to a different place - and in the end, Joe Hill's book [b:Horns|6587879|Horns|Joe Hill|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1348768657s/6587879.jpg|6781405] comes to mind as the closest analogue, though thankfully WHAT HIDES WITHIN stays enjoyable throughout the duration and never slumps into pathos, not even for an instant. I'm not sure I'd completely categorize this book as horror, either - even though there are enough lurid shocks to turn the stomachs of more squeamish readers, certainly.

To me, in the end, this book is just the kind I keep searching for: something new. The story is fresh, the writing inventive and accessible, and the ending leaves the door cracked open for more spiders to enter our lives again someday if they so choose. I will be eagerly awaiting the next literary adventure from [a:Jason Parent|6505947|Jason Parent|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1377873108p2/6505947.jpg], and am so glad to have stumbled upon this amazing new talent.