Hello, fellow readers! Today’s review is not for one of the newest, hottest books. I came across Ararat by Christopher Golden while scrolling through Audible a couple of weeks ago. The premise of the book sounded similar to The Anomaly by Michael Rutger, which was one of my favorite books of 2018.
Description: An adventurous, engaged couple are climbing Mount Ararat in Turkey when an avalanche forces them to take shelter inside a cave on the side of the mountain. There they discover a massive ship in the cave and believe it to be Noah’s Ark. Teams of archaeologists, scholars, and filmmakers arrive at the cave. As they continue to explore the cave, they discover a mysterious coffin with a strange cadaver inside. As the blizzard outside begins to intensify, the teams become trapped in the cave. But they are not alone.
What I Liked: I really liked the idea for this book. It sounded very mysterious and scary and reminded me of The Anomaly in many ways (people trapped together in a cave with mysterious events occurring. The last few pages of the book were also very good because I didn’t predict the ending, even if it was cliche.
What I Didn’t Like: The execution did not live up to my expectations. I actually had to re-listen to several chapters because I did not know what was going on or who was who. Re-listening to the chapters did not help much because I was still never too sure which character was which other than the engaged couple and Ben Walker (who is apparently the main character of the book, but isn’t introduced in the beginning of the book).
The book was too long considering not much happens. It felt repetitive at times and could have been a novella or even short story and probably been a better delivery. I kept waiting to be scared or for something chilling to happen, but mostly it is alot of characters standing around arguing.
Final Thoughts: I don’t think this was a bad book, I just think I had too high of expectations. I was approved for the second book in this “series” by Christopher Golden on NetGalley, so I will be physically reading that one. Maybe physically reading the book instead of listening to an audiobook will help. I gave it three stars, mostly because I still think the concept was good and I liked the very end of the book.
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