Title: Henry Franks
Author: Peter Adam Salomon
Published: September 2012 by Flux
Received: Received on Netgalley
Rating: 5 of 5
Sometimes, the only thing worse than forgetting is remembering.
Sixteen-year-old Henry Franks almost didn’t survive the accident that claimed his mother’s life and, suffering from post-traumatic amnesia, he relies upon his father to tell him who he is.
If he can trust his father.
HENRY FRANKS details one man’s obsessive desire to save his son and one boy’s need to find himself.
While a serial killer stalks the small southern town he lives in, Henry unearths the bitter truth behind his mother’s death—and the terrifying secrets of his own dark past.
There is a special place in my heart for this book. It’s basically a retelling of Frankenstein, though Henry does not at all terrorize the public. He’s a normal kid who can’t remember anything. He sees a psychologist, he hangs out with the girl next door, he tries to live some semblance of a normal life, but you see, Henry has a dark secret.
Henry should be dead.
Henry’s father is our regular old Dr. Jekyll in this story, being the one that orchestrated Henry’s miraculous recovery. His father is psychotic, trying to pull their whole family back together, make Henry live. It’s all sort of sick.
What I loved about this book was the writing style. We’re mostly inside Henry’s head, and we experience things the way Henry experiences them. I had some very serious chills going on while reading this book and managed to read it in one sitting. It took me about two hours to get through it.
What I hope is that you pick up this book. It’s refreshing, it’s scary, it’s well done, a bit on the confusing side at times, but then you pick up right into the psychological thriller side of it and you’re right there. I’m happy that the young adult genre has a decent horror, drama, thriller in it. It’s sorely missed.
If you liked Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you will likely love this book. Go ahead put it on your TBR list!