What really made this story work for me, though, was the first chapter. We get to know the "villain" of the piece, Roark Dexter Smith, and while it's clear he's corrupt and even detestable, he stood out as an interesting character. Baron writes him as more than an obsessed architect. He's a musician, a botanist and much more. I got the impression his arrogance was well earned. I didn't realize as I was reading the first chapter than I was delving into a horror story. The moments in which the character comes off as almost admirable misleads the reader so that the more formulaic horror-genre elements later on almost take him or her by surprise. Read Full Review
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