I’m a big fan of Patrick Lacey’s writing and was eagerly awaiting this new book from him and the excellent Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. Lacey is cut from a similar cloth to Adam Cesare in that his love of horror movies often comes to the fore in his writing. The synopsis tells of a new horror movie being made in Bass Falls starring the brutal Pigface! Liam Carpenter is a huge horror fan and he can’t believe his luck when Bone Saw Studios rock up in his town.
I liked Liam a lot as a character. There isn’t much going on with his life, his job at the video store hangs in the balance and he doesn’t have too much to look forward to. I liked him because I drew parallels with him. I worked in a kind of dead-end job (an independent record store) for a few years, and though I loved it, I wasn’t really going anywhere either. I loved horror, too, much like Liam, so it was cool to click with this kid so early on.
Bone Saw Studios make b-movie horror movies. Their style is kind of crass but most b-movies horror movies are. the stage is set for a gorefest, the characters are in place, a string of brutal murders are occurring and everything is set up nicely….but then…as I get further into the book, I get this nagging feeling of familiarity that overshadows things from here on in. Bone Saw ended up reminding me of a couple of other books I’d previously read. It certainly isn’t like-for-like, but still, I felt I’d walked this path before and as a reader with a TBR the size of China’s Great Wall, I wanted to read something a little different.
Don’t get me wrong, Bone Saw is a fine slasher novel. It’s fun, fast-paced, a little geeky (which I think is appropriate) and bloody when it needs to be. The characters are all relatable, but for me, it was a good read, stopped short of being great one due to the familiarity I felt.
3/5 oinks from the Grim Reader.
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