Creepy as a super disturbing mannequin

The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln
Child
3 words:
creepy, long-winded spree
While
filling in gaps in my thriller reading, I finally (finally!) read a book by Preston and Child. 
I remember way back in
the dawn of time, reading a review of Relic
and thinking it sounded amazing. Then I proceeded to ignore Preston and
Child for roughly 20 years. 
So,
yeah. Now I know why some people light up when you say, “Preston and Child,” to
them.
This is
some fun stuff to read. There’s crime and history and science and a museum
setting and a bit of the supernatural, and it’s all wrapped up in this
wonderfully zippy quest to solve some darn horrific murders in New York. 
The
“cabinet of curiosities” plot element is pretty creepy. Basically, they were
like combination science museums / freakshows, and they were huge during the
late 1800s. Eerie as all crap, guys.
After
reading this book, I learned that Pendergast, the mysterious Southern gentleman
FBI agent who is vaguely the main character of the book, is the basis for
Preston and Child’s series. Dude’s pretty weird, but in a good way. And he does
this great time-traveling-in-his-head thing that threw me back to Jack Finney’s
Time and Again. (I also kept
thinking of Caleb Carr’s The Alienist because
of the creepy murders in Victorian New York.)
My only
complaint is that this book is long, long, long, and some of the scenes drag
out even longer. Especially the suspenseful scenes. Seriously. I was
practically rooting at one point for the diabolical killer to just get it over
with so we could move on with the story.  
Predictably,
there were sections of this book I had to skip because they got too creepy and
horrible. Surgical torture scenes? Ain’t gonna happen on my watch.
The good
news: you can skip ‘em and…
a) no one
will know unless you tell them,
b) you
won’t miss anything vital, and
c) you’ll
avoid seeing images in your head that you can’t erase
(like that horrid mannequin*)
*You’re welcome. 

by

Reader, librarian, & happy little geek

2 thoughts on “Creepy as a super disturbing mannequin

  1. I am a big fan of Preston and Child and Special Agent Pendergast. (Although their books can get pretty graphic at times.) I liked the creepiness of this particular novel, and the whole idea of a cabinet of curiosities. it got me thinking about what curiosities I'd choose to collect if I lived back then.

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