Thursday, 4 August 2016

Review- The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp



Published by Orbit on 28th July | Paperback Original | £8.99

Jack Sparks died while writing this book

‘An extraordinary literary creation
Lisa Jewell, international bestselling author

 ‘Wittier than the lovechild of Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker’
Sarah Lotz, author of The Three

 ‘This is the Omen for the social media age
Chris Brookmyre, author of Black Widow

‘Chilling and utterly immersive
M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All The Gifts

‘Quite brilliant. An assured, ultra-modern occult story with real depth of character, a compelling and satisfyingly twisted narrative and a streak of genuine malevolence’
Andrew O'Neill, comedian, presenter and musician

‘An absolutely great read
David Schneider, comedian, director and actor in I’m Alan Partridge and The Day Today

‘This is one of those books where I'm sad when I'm not reading it. It manages the rare feat of being both horrific and hilarious, which makes me insanely jealous of Arnopp’
Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author

‘Super-spooky and addictively written
Heat magazine

Brilliantly unnerving. I couldn't put it down’
Tiernan Douieb, comedian

‘Funny, clever & scary as hell
Sarra Manning, Red Online

‘It’s very much about the world we live in now and how we’re all connected, how our lives are all recorded for posterity, or until the internet stops working, and I loved the way this novel played with those kind of contrasts’
Sarah Shaffi, The Monocle Arts Review

‘A magnificent millennial nightmare
Alan Moore, creator of V for Vendetta

It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed.

Then there was that video: forty seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now. 

Prepare for the cleverest, most addictive thriller you will read this year. This is the story of the ill-fated Jack Sparks - a man who plays with fire, and pays the price . . . 

  My Review 

This is probably one of the most bizarre books I have read in a while but I promise you in a good way. I really didn't know what to expect from this one but the synopsis peaked my interest so when I was offered a review copy I jumped at the chance. 

This book was very fun with some great humor at time but then at other you realise there is also a darker theme as well. It left me feeling a little creepy and I was thinking about the book for a few day after I had finished it. I always think that is the sign of a good book. It did take me a while to get into the style it was written in as it was based on manuscripts and interviews but none the less once I started I wanted to keep reading and I read it fairly quickly over two days. 

Overall this was a great read and enjoyed reading it. 

* I revived an ARC from The Little Brown Group in exchange for an honest review. 

Jason Arnopp is a British author and scriptwriter. His background is in journalism: he has worked on titles such as Heat, Q, The Word, Kerrang!, SFX and Doctor Who Magazine. He has written comedy for Radio 4 and official tie-in fiction for Doctor Who and Friday The 13th. The Last Days of Jack Sparks is the first novel which is entirely Jason’s own fault (though some readers will blame Jack himself).

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