Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review of "Baby Talk" by Mike Wells

What would you do if your five month old baby, that you never wanted, suddenly started talking to you and no one else? This is the problem that plagues Neal in "Baby Talk," but beyond that, he is pretty sure she is plotting his demise, out to get revenge on him for trying to get her aborted. But that's just crazy, right?

I'm a big fan of horror novels, Stephen King is my absolute favorite author, so I was excited to get the opportunity to review this horror story. It comes in two books, which I found to be disappointing as they were both quite short. Had they come packaged as a single book, I would have finished the story much sooner, because I would have kept going when I got to the point where the first book ends, but instead I stopped and didn't start reading book two for about two weeks. This wasn't because I didn't want to continue the story, but simply because it was the end of the book, which meant that I could go read something else. My brain works a little weird sometimes.

Anyway, on to the actual story. I really enjoyed it. We spend most of the story in Neal's head as his adorable five month old baby torments him, but obviously no one believes him because five month old babies don't do those kinds of things. Neal, being a fairly reasonable guy, starts to question his sanity a little bit. Maybe his wife is right and there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for what he thinks Natasha is doing. But he just can't ignore the look in her eyes when she's looking at him.

I related to Neal, and truly believed that Natasha was evil and out to get him. I really hoped that he would succeed in killing her, and I couldn't help but picture Gabe from Stephen King's Pet Semetary while reading this book. I even cursed Neal's weakness every time he had a "rational" thought that opened him up to danger from Baby Natasha.

The book was fairly well written, with only a few minor hiccups where minor words were left out of sentences (like the, a, it...words that you will easily fill in because it's obvious what's supposed to be there) and a few spelling errors, but nothing incredibly glaring. I also really enjoyed the epilogue.

Overall I give "Baby Talk" four out of five stars for being well-written, engaging, and making me glad that I'm finished having babies. - Katie

Buy Links:
Baby Talk Book 1
Amazon (This is books 1 and 2 combined, just the way I want it!)
Barnes and Noble

Baby Talk Book 2
Barnes and Noble

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