Expected publication: February 25th 2014 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2013)
This is just not a book I can finish reading even if Stephen King said it scared him. I just can’t get into it and had to force myself to keep reading but to no avail. I put this book down several times and had to force myself to pick it back up. Maybe I am just too girly, but that troop of boy scouts annoyed the hell out of me. I didn’t care about their conversations or what happened to them. There is also a gritty realism to the story, with gore and descriptive violence in abundance. The disturbing animal mutilation on top of the boring boys and a predictable plot were simply too much ick-factor for my taste.
I know it’s hard to come with an original horror story these days, but reading The Troop, I felt like I’ve really seen it all before: from Parasite, The Walking Dead (or for that matter any other Zombie novel/movie/series), Dreamcatcher, Lord of the Flies and what not. In theme and writing it wasn’t original at all.
A copy of this title was provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.