The Pack By Jason Starr – Review By Dayna
“Let the hunt begin . . .
When Simon Burns is fired from his job without warning, he takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son. But his reluctance pushes his already strained marriage to the limit. In the nestled playgrounds of the Upper West Side, Simon harbors a simmering rage at his boss’s betrayal.
Things take a turn when he meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground. They are different from other men Simon has met, stronger and more confident, more at ease with the darker side of life- and soon Simon is lured into their mix. But after a guys’ night out gets frighteningly out of hand, Simon feels himself sliding into a new nightmarish reality.
As he experiences disturbing changes in his body and his perceptions, he starts to suspect that when the guys welcomed him to their “pack”, they were talking about much more than male bonding . . .”
What struck me about this novel is that although it’s an urban fantasy about werewolves, it doesn’t read like one for the most part. More like a psychological thriller. For those wanting to ease their way into the urban fantasy/paranormal world, this would be a great introduction. I love how Simon’s character develops throughout the book. How he copes with losing his job, becoming a stay-at-home-dad, trying to work through marital problems and then on top of all that, meets Michael and the gang and goes through some other major changes.
I like how the story was written from multiple points of view and how well eat character’s personality was written too. I’m always a bit iffy about reading a male author’s take on women but was quite impressed by Starr’s portrayal of Olivia and Alison.
I have to admit, I have a soft spot for Ramon with his smooth and charming ways but can’t say I warmed to Michael at all though the reader wasn’t really supposed to. He was on a power trip. I found him intimidating, brash, cold and incredibly forward. From a female’s point of view, I can’t really see why Olivia was so attracted to him. Then again Olivia did turn out to have a crazy side and I also found her needy and desperate.
It was a great read though a little slow paced to begin with. The morning after the big show down on the roof of the brewery, I was really hoping for more of an explanation as to what happened in the aftermath but maybe we’ll find out more in the sequel, The Craving. I would like to have had more emphasis on the paranormal but that’s down to pure preference on my part. I’m hoping that in book 2 we’ll get even more background on the werewolves. Can’t wait to find out what happens next!
I rate this book 4/5 stars!