Book Review: The Window by Glenn Rolfe (2018)

“What kind of demons await you tonight?

For Richie, life’s constant cheap shots are adding up. When he finds something is watching him, he never dreamed that it would show him everything he ever wanted.

When his son, James, comes to stay for the last month of summer, the changes in his father’s behavior come to the forefront. What is his father doing staring into the window in the middle of the night? Was the fiery spark in the dark real? Or is Jame’s imagination getting the best of him? Summer’s almost over. And life is about to change. Will James be able to save his father? Or is it already too late? The Window holds the answers…and the key.”

The Window is a grubby kind of horror….is that unfair to say? It’s certainly graphic sexually, there are a number of “ewwww gross” moments. I know that makes me sound like a 10 year old but maybe I’m channeling James, one of the characters. So, the premise of The Window is that there are a pair of demons trapped in glass looking for victims…people with weaknesses…to corrupt and inhabit so they can be free. Ritchie isn’t a bad person but he’s at a weak point in his life, heavily drinking and his self esteem is at an all time low. His son has come to visit and soon realises that things aren’t normal as his dad starts to change and drives away his patient but downtrodden girlfriend. It was a fun story…if you like horror fun (!) like me…like a few books I’ve read in 2018 it has an 80’s reminiscent about it (A Stranger Things influence maybe). Summer is ending, group of kids, adults acting strange…a bully…

The ending for me spoiled it. It became somewhat biblical. There was a rushed feeling to it and some very convenient plot points….it is apparently very easy to find obscure demonology online and associated rituals (maybe I don’t look in the right places).

3/5….well written for most parts but starts to become preachy at the end…was I supposed to convert upon finishing?

About thewytchinghourblog

I'm a horror loving librarian with the need to share reviews of everything horror, gore and spooky related. I'm an avid reader of books, mainly horror, definitely supernatural. I'm a pagan and like to define myself as an eclectic witch. Halloween/Samhain is my favourite time of year from everything pumpkin spiced, the scent of decay and the veil between worlds thinning. So, here we are to share all things blood splattered, things that go bump in the night and crawl out of the darkness.
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