This is a review of an old version.
Number of pages: 242
Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1
Rating (out of five stars): 2.5
Release Date: May 16th 2017
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
In the beginning, there was a sadist. I am not kidding, the prologue tells of a sadist demon-like creature who wants to rule the world under the name Quinsey Wolfe. It’s not exactly the name I would go for to instill fear into the human race, but okay. Quinsey Wolfe doesn’t matter, though because we won’t see him again until the end. It seems cliché to introduce the villain in the prologue, and it didn’t really work for me personally, but that didn’t mean the rest of the book had to be bad, right?
The first issue I had with Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is the writing. It favours telling rather than showing, which disconnects the read from the story. There were paragraphs in the vein of “I contemplated blank in the afternoon”. It was very this happened, then this happened, then this happened. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Horror books require a specific writing style. The writing has to suck the reader in in such a way that they suspend disbelief and don’t have time to contemplate where this whole this is going.
Speaking of horror, it was very tropey in the beginning. “Where did that mysterious building come from?” “Those missing people couldn’t possibly have gone into the building only certain people can see and never come out of.” (These are not quotes from the book). It’s frustrating to read stuff like this. There’s even a point when Perrie is looking for someone who has gone missing, but who entered Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault the night before, and it takes her a while to consider that something is up with the building half the town can’t see.
The characters also felt underdeveloped. Perrie plays the cello, August also plays the cello, and Maisie is supposedly quirky, but other than wearing eye-patches, it’s never really shown. Frankly, I can’t tell you much more about their personalities. This is mostly the fault of the writing, and also the fault of the length. The book is just too short for the character development needed.
On the bright side, the scenes inside the vault I thought were well done. Watching Perrie and August work together to survive was exciting, and I didn’t want to stop reading. I also liked that the displays weren’t just twisted fairy tales, but historical events as well.
Unfortunately, the ending felt off for me. It just came out of left field. It also felt really forced. While I can see where the author is going ending it like that, I’m questioning what on earth could possibly happen in the sequel.
Overall, while the scenes inside the vault were gripping, but the beginning and ending were lacking, earning Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault 2.5 stars out of 5.