Monday, 20 September 2010
I'm Not Scared
I'm Not Scared is the story of Michele; a young boy who lives with his mother, father and sister in a poor farming community in southern Italy. One day Michele and some friends stumble upon an old abandoned house which Michele has to enter as part of a forfeit for losing a race. Once inside the house he finds something that changes not just his life, but the lives of the community around him, forever.
The book is technically well written, moves along at a nice pace and keeps the reader guessing what will happen next. Characters are well developed and the conversations had between the children are very believable.
From what I had heard about the book I was expecting to be scared by it. A quote from The Observer newspaper confidently asserts the book “Sucks you in like The Blair Witch Project” I cannot see where this comparison came from as the book is really nothing like that horror movie at all. It wasn't frightening or even particularly suspenseful. The story itself is almost completely unbelievable and really makes little sense. I couldn't understand why Michele never reported his discovery to the police or why the whole town seemed to be involved in some way. There were dozens of questions raised in the book, most of which were never answered. The characters were, without exception, unlikeable and their personal situation was difficult to empathise with.
Towards the end I couldn't wait to get it finished so I could read something else. A very disappointing read.
Final verdict 2/5