Jason Starr

Jason’s Starr’s “Panic Attack” is great! The voices! It feels like the author was really hanging out with each of the characters. This novel points at two things: You can’t be completely safe in your own home! And…do NOT post too much of your personal info on Facebook and such, if you don’t want to become a target for psychos.

Starr’s “Lights Out” is a roller coaster. Makes you think–again, just like in his “Hard Feelings”–that a person can’t even know what’s inside of him, what he’s capable of doing under stress or extreme pressure.

Both novels have a very unexpected ending. I get the impression that Starr doesn’t try to please his readers by meeting their expectations, or he doesn’t even care what their reactions/opinions will be. Which is certainly admirable.

Starr’s “The Pack” grabbed my interest from the first page to the last one. I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I’d never been a fan of any supernatural elements in fiction–until this book! It starts with a pretty common problem (Simon’s predicament at work) and then it gradually escalates into something weird and you keep guessing and then…wow. Wow!!! But…I can’t tell you what it’s all about without ruining the suspense. I started reading the sequel today, “The Cravings,”  and it’s good! Highly recommend!

I’ll be happy to discuss Starr’s books with you. Thank you.

6 thoughts on “Jason Starr

  1. Even though many of Starr’s main characters aren’t likeable or admirable in the conventional sense, he never fails to get you caught up in the dramatic tension of trying to find out what is going to happen to them. I loved Starr’s book Hard Feelings and felt really pulled into his trying to hold onto his job, his conflicts at work, etc.

    • Thank you, Beth, for your comment. Yes, I totally agree with you on both points. With each of his novels, I couldn’t put it down, caught up in the tension he created- you’re right. Also, he captures so well the characters’ agony over their problems (the threat of losing their job or some insecurities), making you step in their shoes and feel it too.

      • In Panic Attack, how did you react to the main character’s beliefs that he would be lauded by everyone as a hero? I remember his fantasizing about being interviewed and how he couldn’t understand others’ reactions to him and the shooting. And then every parent’s worst nightmare, the man their daughter falls in love with is a deranged killer.

  2. Oh, Beth, it’s laughable to read about the father’s fantasies of being placed on a pedestal for his “courage.” It’s very realistic, actually, when you think of those people who dream about getting their “15 minutes of fame.” And yes, the irony of his daughter falling for the killer (thanks to her stupidity and carelessness, too, I must say) is shocking.

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