RE: Bookclub: The Discussion of The Cupboard Under The Stairs (contains spoilers)
By constantly telling myself that this book fell into that category I was able to ignore the police procedural and gruesome violence elements and enjoy it for what remained. In deciding whether a book is ‘well written’, do we not have to take into account the genre? Literary fiction should be so well written that joy is found in relishing the prose itself and the story line is almost irrelevant. But for the horror genre, among others, my entertainment lies in the basic idea and the plot. I’m happy to describe this book as well written because it kept the pace up and kept me reading in a manner that meant that any clunky writing passed unnoticed.
The ending was the only weak point for me. The whole point of supernatural horror is that ultimately there is no explanation that we can readily understand and a satisfactory ending is one that leaves the reader with the uncomfortable feeling of an unresolved issue that could return to haunt them.
I can’t believe that Roger could suggest that a suitable ending is that it all occurred within a nightmarish dream (what Tony describes as an OMG moment). For me, apart from that first sentence, the Prologue makes a decent final chapter.
I’ll gladly read more of Roger’s books.