PJV Quickie: The Unseen is a quick, gritty, and terrifying novel. It’s got a lot of dark parts of it. The writing is classic J.L. Bryan, gripping, scary, with a dark humor laced throughout.
The book starts with a teenage Cassidy and her friends having a little get together. Cassidy makes a Quija board for the girls to play on. Only it’s not really a game. Something comes out of the board, and possesses Reese, one Cassidy’s friends. From that night on, Cassidy spends her time trying to hide the things that she sees. Little worms that are unseen to everyone else. They seem to feed on everyone. Only there comes a time when Cassidy can no longer take enough drugs, or drink enough alcohol to not see them. Not only that but hiding them puts her younger brother and friends at risk.
If your a fan of J.L. Bryan’s past work then you know that he can write a great book. The Unseen is no exception. The beginning took me a while to get into but once the story, characters and world are established I was in the gripes of it. I didn’t even realize how invested I was in the book until I would put it down to do something else. Soon enough I found myself jonesing for another page, chapter, to finish it.
The Unseen isn’t particularly gory, or even full of seat jumping scares. It’s a subtle creep-fest. If you’re prone to nightmares I do not suggest you read this book before bed. Everything seems to be going fine with your day while your reading this book until the lights are out and your closet door is open. I’m a believer in things unseen, so when you read something as realistic as this book, it tends to get to even the most hardcore horror fan. (Not much actually scares me. This book did.)
J.L. is a fantastic writer who has the ability to write the unbelievable and sell it to a reader. Not only that, but you can tell he knows what he is talking about. I’ve never been to Atlanta, but I could very clearly picture the neighborhoods, and the places Cassidy goes in this book. There is a religious theme to this book, no it’s not a book that is about religion, and Cassidy isn’t really into it. But there is a cult like alternative religion featured in it. One of my areas of study in college was alternative religions, and J.L. nailed this fictional one. I can picture it being a real religious movement very easily.
Overall, The Unseen is a great read. I highly recommend this book to horror fans, Urban Fantasy fans, and people who love creepy things.