For whatever reason I expected Black Chuck to be scary, but it wasn’t scary at all. Maybe it wasn’t intended to be. It was an intriguing novel, in some ways more non-traditional romance than anything else.
Being peppered with a few different languages, including French, made for interesting reading. The character development with Réal helped to draw the reader in. As Black Chuck progresses, the “psycho” becomes less and less mysterious. Other characters were developed too, but not as intensely as he was.
It was kind of disappointing that we didn’t discover anything beyond where the book ended – I would have liked for the story to take us further and reveal more. I also would have liked to have seen more development for characters like Alex. For most of the story he was kind of a background player.
Overall I would give this book three stars. It kept me mildly interested throughout, and the ending was … not unpredictable or shocking, but right. It was one of those endings that just fits.
I would recommend Black Chuck to those who are interested in dipping a toe in the waters of darker stories, but aren’t ready to take the leap quite yet. It may be a good introductory tale for them, as it toes the line a bit.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.