|Plot Summary of Unidentified|
The military has hidden a house in the hills for a very long time. There were lots of disturbing rumors about things that have happened in this house. There is a force in this house that is as hard to explain as it is to imagine.
This synopsis report prepared by Sherrie L. Jones
Berkley, July 2002, 6.99, 352 pp.
In the Glen Coe range of the Scottish Highland lies an odd shaped house in the middle of nowhere. They don't know the real name of the man who built it and all the work was contracted out to various builders around the world. People who actually built the house were killed in a series of seemingly unrelated incidents. The house is surrounded by electrical barbed wire and soldiers armed with heavy artillery as if the occupants expected an invading land army.
Sophie MacDonald's father is in hiding, doing research on the house when he is killed. Sophie travels from England to Glasgow following her father's last instructions to meet with another professor who was studying the house. Maddy is asked by the authorities to go in the house following the disappearances of her brother and her friend after gaining access to the perimeter of the house. Maddy's friend Nick travels to Glen Coe to try and keep his pal out of trouble. These three people, working together, are the only hope an unknowing world has for its continued survival.
Matthew Costello is rapidly gaining the acclaim reserved for superstars such as F. Paul Wilson and Stephen King. UNIDENTIFIED is the best kind of horror novel, a slow revelation of the problem, a short time to fix it, and a climatic ending with all the pieces falling into place. The characters are likable, especially teen-aged Sophie who copes with a burden that would break most adults.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Unidentified|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 60%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- the haunted house chased me!
- champion of justice
- a teen
If magical mental powers:
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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