Friday, May 27, 2011
Landing a key research assistant position with Professor Bernini, the most influential faculty member, and falling in with the "right" crowd seem to happen so easily during the first days on campus. One evening, he receives a coveted invitation from the V and D, the secret club, appearing in his locked room as if by magic. Each invitation seems to be more of an audition, as if he were being sized up for something. But wisps of conversation caught in passing in the halls outside of Bernini's office, odd reactions to questions, unexpected connections to the unsavory characters on campus, and the information from his trusted friend and his contacts make Jeremy uneasy. The more he learns, the less he wants to know. What he finally learns is more disturbing than a nightmare.
The plot started off with much promise and a good number of twists kept it interesting. The few main characters seem solid enough, but the farther from Jeremy the action, the characters seem to fade. Granted some perspective is necessary, and how much the reader learns is only what Jeremy himself learns, but what should have been room for character development is left vacant. A good deal of details are available in the first half of the book, details about Jeremy and his family, his initial invitation. As the second half of the book progressed, Jeremy received some direction, but the turns he takes are not fully qualified or explained. Questions regarding important discoveries are left unanswered and loose ends are neatly tied off abruptly.
An additional 100 pages or so of character development and details would have benefited this book greatly. As it stands, it makes a good showing as a quick afternoon read.