Critique is the story of harsh restaurant critic Sandy Devanche who finds something rich and invigorating through the doors of The House of Jacob, where is is introduced to something he never could have prepared himself for. Taken down the strange and often times horrifying road to redemption he is forced to deal with his past demons in a most unusual way.
This may very well be the best book I've read this year. From beginning to end everything in this novella is top notch. The characters are so real you feel their horror and yearning, the plot so rich and textured that you cannot put the book down. Russell's ability to lay down smooth prose makes for a most joyous trip into Mr. Devanche's worst nightmares. Not an overly gory slice of horror, Critique does tread some disturbing territory of which Russell weaves effortlessly.
For those who haven't read this novella yet, what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You won't regret it.
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