By James Newman
(Necessary Evil Press 2011; Limited HC and E-book)
Reviewed by Colleen Wanglund
Andy Holland is a successful horror writer, both for adults and with a Young Adult novel series. He had a beautiful wife Karen until a recent divorce and has a young daughter Samantha, who is the most important person in Andy’s life. Andy still lives in the same house in a neighborhood that he thought couldn’t be more perfect. It was safe and his neighbors were friendly….until the day, while out walking his dog, Andy discovers the dead body of a little girl.
What strikes me about ANIMOSITY is that these are normal and generally good people, but the mob mentality sets in with a vengeance, making for a potentially real scenario and a very scary final confrontation. The writing is wonderful and flows without a hitch and Newman’s character development is perfect. As shocking as the events in the story are, I could see something like this happening, especially in a small, tight-knit community. With a revealing introduction by author Ray Garton and fantastic illustrations by Alex McVey, ANIMOSITY is definitely one to get your hands on. And beware of the neighbors.