The Hole - William Meikle

William Meikle is one of the reasons that I joined the Darkfuse book club.

I am a big fan of William Meikle but I am a bit torn on this one. 

I found the first third to be a bit disjointed. It also seemed like too much was going on at one time. Too many threats from too many places. This is minor and may just be me, but I was also a bit put off by the dialogue, which I found to at times be at times repetitive and annoying, occasionally stereotypical country bumpkin and at other times inexplicably filled with terms used in the UK (lad, lass, etc.). I chalk this up to Mr. Meikle poking fun and keeping with a B-movie style that is reminiscent of classic sci-fi/horror films of the 50’s and 60’s but it was a bit odd at times. 

The middle third perked up when the characters took the show on the road. I always enjoy a good government “cover-up/containing of the threat” plot-line and I thought this part was well done. 

By far my favorite part was the trip underground. I was genuinely creeped out the whole time and it provided a great final third and finish to the novel. 

I see others giving higher reviews so remember this is just one opinion.