“THEY SOUGHT THE TRUTH. THEY FOUND A NIGHTMARE.
A team of explorers seek ancient treasures, hidden in a secret cave. At first it seems they will return empty handed. Then their luck turns.
But the team’s elation is short-lived as they become trapped there in the dark.
Then events take an even more terrifying turn.
For not all secrets are meant to be found…”
The Anomaly by Michael Rutger is about a webcast team trapped in an aloof cavern, which turns out to be a nightmare they’ll never forget. For those who survive the darkness.
I really, really liked The Anomaly’s plot. I wasn’t sure if it were going to be original, but in actual fact, I felt it was. I like books with methodical writing, and Rutger delivers that. He covers his basis and tracks well, to successfully pull off about four plot twists, all of which I didn’t expect nor predict. However, I think there will be some geniuses out there that would. The pace of the book was good, it didn’t get too sluggish at all. It was enjoyable, with every new chapter bringing a new dilemma to the teams attention. Undoubtedly, the book was a page turner – I found it difficult to put it down. My eyes were drooping off because I was so tired!
I LOVED Nolan and Ken! I was more fond of Ken, but love them both nonetheless. I tended to love Ken for all the reasons you shouldn’t love a person. His dialogue was comic and grounded. As well, I’d say Ken made Nolan more likeable, with their brotherly relationship. Overall, the characterisation in this book is what stole the show for me. I really, really engaged with them. The dialogue was cleverly used to establish that connection. I felt dread; over the situation and the possible demise of characters.
I will admit that the setting of this book, whilst clearly illustrated, didn’t effect me or my reading experience. Perhaps it’s because I’m not scared of the dark, or suffer claustrophobia. I genuinely suspect anyone who suffers such fears, this book would be deeply unsettling. Although, without a doubt, if I were dropped in shut off cavern in complete darkness and cold temps, I’m certain I’d be getting very scared, very quickly. Toward the end of the book, I finally began to get a sense of anxiety, as if I (and the characters) were trapped, and desperate for freedom.
One of the book’s twists is just hands down, downright, insanely WOW. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn’t that. I’m not even sure if I liked the twist/revelation, if I’m honest, because the book was finished before I got a chance to really contemplate it. It was that WILD! The ending unnerved me; the idea of things well beyond our awareness, understanding and control.
I was satisfied with the book’s story. Admittedly, I was a little thrown, as it wasn’t what I was expecting overall. The best way to describe my reaction to the fallout; I felt as though I’d just witnessed a magic trick, that I could not believe I’d seen, because it wasn’t really a magic trick at all. But surely to good grace, it must be? That’s the feelings I had, and still do. There’s a sort of confusion – is this story plausible? Even more concerning, possible? These emotions add to the horror of the book.
All in all I’d say The Anomaly is a light horror, as it wasn’t too gruesome. However, it definitely weaved in psychological horror – the thought of everything we thought we knew, turns out not really having existed at all.
I struggled to rate this one on goodreads; I hummed and hawed between 4 or 5 stars. I eventually decided on giving The Anomaly 4 stars, as I had difficulty digesting the story’s BIG revelation. It was clever, but gave me mental whiplash. I would definitely recommend the book to friends. It was an easy read, that I finished within 4 days. Anyone who is a fan of Indiana Jones, The Mummy and Men In Black; this one’s for you!
The Anomaly by Michael Rutger
Published 19th June 2018
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Action