The Fisherman was my introduction to horror novels as I’ve never specifically read anything with the intention of being scared, and was left pleasantly surprised. Being a great mix of horror and fantasy the book tells the story of Abe, who leads a sorrowful life after becoming a widower. He finds solace in fishing the local watering holes with his newly widowed work friend Dan, who gets the idea to fish Dutchman’s Creek. It turns out that Dan has ulterior motives and that the local myths surrounding Dutchman’s Creek have a bit of truth to them.
What I most enjoyed about this book is the relatability of the characters, provided by accurately depicting what it is like to be in a state of grief and depression. Langan develops some realistic characters and you can’t help but feel sympathetic to Abe’s internal dialogue, which I often imagined would be my own thoughts given his situation. I really appreciate that the book inserts a camp-fire style scary tale in order to progress the plot, and also serves to break it up and prevents the story from going stale. With the creepy paranormal fantasy aspects and character writing done by Langan in The Fisherman I couldn’t help but enjoy myself while reading the book.
If you’re looking for a good horror novel The Fisherman has my recommendation.
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