The Fisherman by John Langan

 

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Abe and Dan are coworkers and widowers trying to pass their empty days with fishing. Abe has been on his own a little longer, and is coping better and coming a bit more to terms with his grief. Dan is a few years younger and cannot come to grips with the tragic and abrupt lose of his wife and two little boys. Dan intends to take Abe with him to a fabled fishing spot. This is no ordinary location to while a way a day with a rod and reel. Here, the dearly departed are rumored to return…And if you’ve ever read a scary book, or seen a horror movie with a similar premise, you can probably already assume that the dead are better off left that way.
A large chunk (maybe even the majority, come to think of it) of the book takes place in the past. The same area in upstate New York, just around the turn of the last century. Here we learn the terrifying and supernatural truth of how the legend of this fishing hole came to be.

I absolutely loved this adult horror novel. This was my first time reading John Langan, but I doubt it will be my last. I am a history buff, so I was totally happy to be transported back in time. I love any horror tale, movie or book, set in the past. You know, before the internet, cell phones, and our cynical modern attitudes. Langan’s voice for the period felt authentic, and so did his present day narration by Abe. Even though I mentioned above that this book in a take on, “the dead belong dead” theme, it is thoroughly it’s own nice interpretation of that. And I could not predict the way the story would develop. I was excited to read this one. After all, there has been some hype surrounding it on the book and horror forums, but I am SO thrilled that it exceeded my expectations.

I’m not going to be so hyperbolic as to say it’s 100% perfect, but I’m happy to report there is nothing I would change. Now, excuse me while I go and try to get everyone I’ve ever met in my life to read this book so I can talk about it with them.

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One thought on “The Fisherman by John Langan

  1. I had never heard of this book or author before but it sounds interesting! I’m glad that it exceeded your expectations! I worry sometimes when books are over hyped that it sets the book up to fail but I’m glad this wasn’t the case. I’ll definitely be adding this to my to-read list, thank you for the review. 🙂

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