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The Mall

Grey, S. L. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"From South Africa comes a truly creepy horror debut, widely praised for its originality, social commentary and roller coaster twists. Dan works at a mall bookstore where nothing ever happens. An angsty emo-kid selling mid-list books to mid-list people for minimum wage, he hates his job. Rhoda has dragged her babysitting charge to the mall so she can meet her coke dealer. Now the kid's run off, and she has two hours to find him. She hates her life. Rhoda bullies Dan into helping her, but as they explore the neon-lit corridors behind the mall, disturbing text messages lure them into the bowels of the building, where old mannequins are stored in grave-like piles and raw sewage drips off the ceiling. The only escape is down, and before long Dan and Rhoda are trapped in a service elevator--and it's not stopping at the bottom floor. Plummeting into the earth, Dan and Rhoda enter a sinister underworld that mirrors their worst fears."--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Grey, S. L.
Title: The mall
Publisher: London : Corvus, 2012
Characteristics: 313 pages ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: S.L. Grey
Notes: Originally published: 2011
Summary: "From South Africa comes a truly creepy horror debut, widely praised for its originality, social commentary and roller coaster twists. Dan works at a mall bookstore where nothing ever happens. An angsty emo-kid selling mid-list books to mid-list people for minimum wage, he hates his job. Rhoda has dragged her babysitting charge to the mall so she can meet her coke dealer. Now the kid's run off, and she has two hours to find him. She hates her life. Rhoda bullies Dan into helping her, but as they explore the neon-lit corridors behind the mall, disturbing text messages lure them into the bowels of the building, where old mannequins are stored in grave-like piles and raw sewage drips off the ceiling. The only escape is down, and before long Dan and Rhoda are trapped in a service elevator--and it's not stopping at the bottom floor. Plummeting into the earth, Dan and Rhoda enter a sinister underworld that mirrors their worst fears."--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 1848878877
9781848878877
Branch Call Number: FICTION GREY 2012
Subject Headings: Shopping malls Fiction
Genre/Form: Horror tales
Topical Term: Shopping malls
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Jul 06, 2013
  • Sarah1984 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

3/07 - I've already read S.L. Grey's second book The Ward and the first thing I thought, after reading the first paragraph, was "Ok, there's a lot more swearing in this than there was in the other book." I wonder about the difference in the language between the two books. The plot is nice and scary (a blind scraping on the windowsill nearly gave me a heart attack while reading in bed last night) and I'm being drawn in by the mystery of what the evil entity with the crazy texting fingers is. Is it going to be a twist like in The Ward, or the more obvious demon/trickster type of character? For the evil texter (if it's a seperate entity from the presence following them through the deserted corridors, that is) I'm imagining a cross between an evil leprechaun and a ventriloquist's dummy with an evil laugh (maybe even a pair of them). I have no current predictions on what the lurking presence might be or what the mannequins might have to do with anything. Either way I'm looking forward to continuing the story tonight and finding out. To be continued...

4/07 - As soon as the shop girl, Colt, called Rhoda and Daniel 'browns' I knew that we were talking about the same evil beings as in The Ward - very weird aliens trying (and failing) to assimilate into the human population by attempting to dress like us while using us 'browns' for spare parts, among other terrifying uses. To be continued...

5/07 - I don't understand the need Rhoda and Daniel felt to go back to the 'other mall'. Rhoda obviously didn't understand what was going happen to her once it was time for her to start paying her debt, shopping isn't free forever. She'll be dreaming of going back home to her parents once they start chopping limbs off. Obviously it was a convenient solution to Daniel's immediate problem of going to jail for murder, but how much less of a jail cell will it be for him to be 'plugged in' as a shop boy for the rest of his life, not even allowed to think his own thoughts. The Ward is a good sequel, it doesn't have any of the same characters but it short of shows the progression of 'browns' from normal everyday people to shoppers or shop assistants to the donors once they have to start paying their debts. I'll be interested to see what Grey's third book brings.

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