A review by shanaqui
The House of Drought by Dennis Mombauer

dark mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


Received to review via Netgalley

This horror novella didn't entirely work for me, though I appreciated a number of things about it (the setting, the tension, the fact that it didn't give the reader too many answers too quickly). The structure kind of annoyed me, with the order of events jerking around. It's hard to describe, but first you get the frame story, the "present day" if you will. Then you jump back in time to the crisis point of other characters' story... then forward just a little to how those characters got into that situation. Then forward back to the present day, and then a new set of characters.

It feels like the story tried very hard to come full circle, bring things together and find a way to end the story -- but it felt like it missed a step. How did a certain character figure things out? Why is she so eager to save people she doesn't know? 

It's an interesting novella but I didn't find it wholly successful.