The Girl in the Corn by Jason Offutt | Book Tour
Welcome to my stop on The Girl in the Corn book tour!
About The Girl in the Corn
Beware of what lurks in the corn.
Fairies don’t exist. At least that’s what Thomas Cavanaugh’s parents say. But the events of that one night, when he follows a fairy into the cornfield on his parents’ farm, prove them wrong. What seems like a destructive explosion was, Thomas knows, an encounter with Dauðr, a force that threatens to destroy the fairy’s world and his sanity.
Years later, after a troubled childhood and a series of dead-end jobs, he is still haunted by what he saw that night. One day he crosses paths with a beautiful young woman and a troubled young man, soon realizing that he first met them as a kid while under psychiatric care after his encounters in the cornfield. Has fate brought them together? Are they meant to join forces to save the fairy’s world and their own?
Or is one of them not who they claim to be?
Trigger warning: violence, gore, swearing; killing of a dog and a child
Horror fantasy | 353 pages | Suitable for young adults? No | Amazon Rating: 4 stars
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Dauðr has found a way into our world. A creature who feeds on death and consumes the living. As a child, Thomas faced Dauðr in his parents' cornfield but was not strong enough to destroy it. Instead, Dauðr returned to the shadows, waiting for its moment to reemerge. When a boy named Robert makes his first kill, Dauðr relishes in the moment, drinking down the soul of Robert’s victim. It will take years for Robert to realize Dauðr’s influence in his exploits. And once he does, he knows he’s gone too far to ever turn back. As an adult, Thomas will have to face Dauðr once more and this time if he fails, the entire world will fall with him.
The Girl in the Corn will place readers into the point of view of a murderer. From his life as a child growing up in a dysfunctional family, to life after he commits his first crime. Robert is a deranged man whom evil has chosen to partner with. His thought process is oftentimes immature as if he is stuck as a young boy, and it fits so well with his character. It makes Dauðr’s influence all the more powerful when it makes Robert, sometimes forcefully, commit heinous acts.
Although some of the more disturbing events that set Robert in motion as the antagonist are a bit abrupt. While the story leads readers towards the moment of Robert’s first kill, the build-up in apprehension and the overall wording used didn’t quite sit well. There was a lack of tension in the scene and some of the background elements took away from the focus that should have been spent on Robert. However, once he starts down his dark path, the momentum his story gains is riveting.
Thomas’ point of view is such a drastic difference from Robert’s. He struggles in his daily life due to the events of his childhood. And while he doesn’t lead the perfect life, he does the best he can with his situation. Watching him manage the mundane issues in life whereas Robert is dealing more with the supernatural was a great contrast. As the story progresses, Thomas does become more involved with Dauðr once more and it is all the more dramatic because of the way his life is portrayed. Not to mention some of the twists that are thrown into Thomas’s storyline.
The overall tone of this story is dark and disturbing. Please be advised there are moments of violence towards people of all ages as well as animals. Jason Offutt has created well-rounded villains and ensures audiences will be alarmed at their sinister actions. Nothing is easy for our main protagonist Thomas, and there are many moments where he finds himself faced with impossible situations. Not to mention the supernatural elements of this novel added a great layer of complexity and a touch of Norse mythology.
The Girl in the Corn is a gritty and intense read, suitable for adults that are not afraid to walk on the dark side of fiction. No mercy is spared, and no detail is left unturned. Be prepared to jump into the mind of a murderer and the supernatural creature who influences him. And watch as our reluctant hero does all he can to face down against Dauðr. This is a story that will, without a doubt, leave you unsettled.
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Praise for The Girl in the Corn
“Norse mythology gives this story . . . a unique touch [with] an exhilarating conclusion.” —Booklist
I love the grand sweep of this novel as it traces Thomas Cavanaugh’s life from that first encounter in the cornfield through an adolescence tainted by mental illness into an uneasy adulthood. I love the way that that his life is interwoven with other lives, major or minor to the plot, but all of them full of depth and solidity uncompromised by the fantasy components of the story. The grounded reality of setting and characters is the perfect foil for the strange, disturbing fluidity of the plot and its troubling moral compass that lacks a true north. The Dark Side from the Inside
A very dark book with brutal content and a slow crescendo of unsettling narrative, that sucks the reader – at first unsuspecting, and then too late to put the book down – into places they did not expect to go….It is a beautifully written book: the kind of prose that looks effortless, unpretentious, and yet every word is measured and every phrase is a perfectly placed stitch in the canvass. Open it at random for passages of writing that insinuate themselves, relentlessly into your mind. The Hard Hat Book Site
About the Author
JASON OFFUTT writes books. He is best known for science fiction, such as his humorous So You Had to Build a Time Machine and his end-of-the-world zombie novel Bad Day for the Apocalypse (a curious work that doesn’t include zombies), his paranormal non-fiction like Chasing American Monsters (that does), and his book of humor How to Kill Monsters Using Common Household Objects. He teaches university journalism, cooks for his family, and wastes much of his writing time trying to keep the cat off his lap. You can find more about Jason at his website,
http://www.jasonoffutt.com. There are no pictures of his cat Gary, and it serves him right.