Ramsey Campbell is a juggernaut in horror fiction. He ranks among the top horror authors of all time. He’s as popular in America as he is across the pond. I have several of his books that I need to read this year or next, but for now, let’s talk about THIRTEEN DAYS BY SUNSET BEACH.
It’s Ray’s and Sandra’s first family holiday in Greece, on the newly developed island of Vasilema. There are over-sized beach umbrellas and the saint’s day is celebrated with a weird nocturnal ritual. There are no mirrors, which is very strange.
For me, this book had potential, but it never really took flight. It started off pretty slow and never really gained any steam for my liking. THIRTEEN DAYS BY SUNSET BEACH is a real slow-burner. Slowly, and I mean very slowly, but all is revealed in the end. I got to the point on numerous occasions where I was going to stop reading this one altogether, but every single time, something caught my eye and kept my interest for a while. So, about forty percent of the way in I started skimming–this helped my reading experience tremendously. The writing isn’t bad, it’s the pacing that I had issues with. THIRTEEN DAYS BY SUNSET BEACH would have made a great novella.
Like I said before, Ramsey Campbell’s writing is great. The ending is worth sticking around for. The characters are solid, but I wasn’t invested in any of them. I wasn’t fully submerged in the story until the ending.
Even though this book wasn’t for me, you might dig it. You guys should give THIRTEEN DAYS BY SUNSET BEACH a chance. Who knows… you might like it.
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