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{Book Review} MYSTERY WALK by Robert R. McCammon


This is my first time diving into a Robert McCammon book. I dove in headfirst, not knowing what I was getting myself into. From the first chapter, MYSTERY WALK kept getting better. I feel like I know my way around Alabama now. You don’t simply read this book, you experience it. This is my second time reading a book about Alabama–the first being KIN by Kealan Patrick Burke. Alabama is a place that brings out the best in horror fiction. 

I couldn’t put this book down, whether it be for the character development or the plot. This book is filled with the crazy and the fantastic. It also makes you think about the color of your own aura. From Alabama to Chicago, it’s non-stop maniacal fun. It’s a tale of two young men’s journeys. 


One talks to the dead. The other heals the living. Both must make the… Mystery Walk
 
Billy Creekmore is a guy of Choctaw heritage/blood with an extraordinary ability–he can see and speak with the dead. From deep within the empty house of a murdered family, Billy Creekmore hears his name whispered… and is drawn inside. The whispers are one of the best parts of the book. You hear them when you least expect it. You read that last sentence correctly. You don’t simply read this book, you experience it. McCammon pulls you in, submerging you in the story. You are transported to Alabama. 
 
 
Wayne Falconer is the son of an evangelist. They travel and preach at revivals. He has miraculous healing powers, but there is more to the guy than meets the eye. He heals people while demons feast and grow in his soul. I could feel the sawdust on my socks. I experienced my first revival while reading this book. I can still hear the hellfire and brimstone preaching. It felt like I was one of the congregates. 
 
 
MYSTERY WALK explores the two young men’s supernatural abilities. Mystery Walk also looks at their journey to manhood. You don’t watch the characters grow, you grow with the characters. All of the characters are well written. I don’t think there were any throwaways. McCammon brings out the best and worst of Alabama. 
 
The ending is deeply satisfying. It’ll dropkick you right in the feels. This book is currently sitting in my Top 10 books of all time. Yes, it’s that good. MYSTERY WALK is a quintessential coming-of-age horror story–up there with IT, BOY’S LIFE, and DECEMBER PARK. 
 
I can’t say enough about this book! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! McCammon is a great author. His writing is otherworldly. Each scene comes to life. The dialogue is incredible. McCammon writes clear and tight prose. Go ahead… make the MYSTERY WALK. 
 
5/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
 
 
Synopsis: 
 
One talks to the dead. The other heals the living. Both must make the… Mystery Walk. 
 
From deep within the empty house of a murdered family, Billy Creekmore hears his name whispered… and is drawn inside. At a revival meeting in Alabama, Wayne Falconer demonstrates his miraculous healing powers… while demons feast and grow in his soul. On separate journeys through the Deep South to Chicago, from a world of innocence to a world of evil, greed and lust, the two young men discover their manhood – and fuel a deadly rivalry. On a scorched slab of desert they will meet in fear and unite their extraordinary powers against a raging, unshackled spirit – the walking, hungry corpse of the Shape Changer.

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