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The boys have the perfect summer planned. They'll camp out in the backyard for their last vacation before high school. There's only one problem — even though they're just a hundred feet from the safety of the house, they're being hunted by a serial killer.Join Jack, Ben, and Stephen as they strap on their backpacks and go out looking for adventure. The woods behind Jack'sThe boys have the perfect summer planned. They'll camp out in the backyard for their last vacation before high school. There's only one problem — even though they're just a hundred feet from the safety of the house, they're being hunted by a serial killer.Join Jack, Ben, and Stephen as they strap on their backpacks and go out looking for adventure. The woods behind Jack's house contain endless trails to explore, and the boys have weeks to investigate them all. Their neighborhood finally seems at peace again, now that the man who snatched the kid from down the street has been caught. But there's still danger in those woods, and the boys are about to stumble into it......

Title : The Vivisectionist
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ISBN : 12991750
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 347 Pages
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The Vivisectionist Reviews

  • Amanda
    2019-05-10 09:02

    Coming of age stories are some of my favourite books to read, think IT,Boys Life. I'm always interested to pick up books with this kind of theme, and as a result I was happy to read The Vivisectionist by Ike Hamill. I've read a few of Hamill's books recent and found them enjoyable. The Vivisectionist follows 3 boys in their quest for a summer adventure. Long hikes camping in the back yard provide the boys with excitement. However protective parents soon curb the boys fun. Boys being boys however don't want the fun to stop and soon nighttime unauthorised excursions ensue. The boys think they are safe, right? A man has been arrested for the abduction of a young boy on the street, so there is nothing more for them to worry about. Well, that's what the boys believe anyway.The Vivisectionist is told mainly from by the boys story, however it is interspersed with short chapters from the young abducted boys view. I'm a fairly fast reader, but this book took me days to read. I think the issue was more to do with my lack of enthusiasm for actually picking the book up, rather than the speed I was able to read it. This book did not set me alight. It was well written, had an interesting premise for a story, but it just dragged, and dragged and dragged. To the point where I contemplated giving up around the 50% mark. However I don't like giving up on books, so I got my head down and plowed through my readers block.Then there is a big plot twist, that comes a little left of field. However this twist did mean that I got through the last 30% of the book quickly. There was the need for me to really suspend disbelief with some of the characters actions. Because of this the book faltered a little and the ending seemed a little off.This wasn't a bad book by any means, but for me there was plenty in the middle that could have been cut with no detriment to the story whatsoever. 3 stars.

  • Kristykristy
    2019-05-18 12:50

    Better than I thought it would be, but the lengthy descriptions of the inner workings of the hotel started to bore me. I'll admit I started skipping ahead. The biggest question I was left with was what happened to (view spoiler)[Ben (hide spoiler)]? Did I miss that part or was it not addressed? If it was not addressed, what was the point of that? Unless the author is planning to address that in a sequel it seems like a strange thing to leave out. All in all, not bad for a free read on my Kindle. With a little editing of the lengthy descriptions I'd even bump it up a star.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-19 09:16

    I really liked this book.. I had no idea what it was about when I got it but I was really into it right off the bat. It has a feel of Stand By Me and Goonies but with a dark twist.I think it would make for a good movie.I did not like the ending.. I want to know more about what happened to Ben... this irritated me!

  • Grey Liliy
    2019-04-28 10:48

    Let's just start with clarifying that this book was nothing like what I was imagining when I bought it. From the cover and title, I was picturing quite a bit more of Mr. Vivisectionist (from this point on, "Mr. V") & his work, and quite a bit less of the boys. You know, more of a torture, serial-killer centric sort of story. Not quite the case, as this ended up being much more of a mystery/adventure novel, than a horror one. I think it's safer to say that instead of a book about a serial killer stalking a few boys, it's more like a few boys stumbling and chasing after a serial killer. Bit of a reversal from what the summary lead me to believe--not bad, but not what I picked it up for, either.The plot mostly revolves around three boys (Jack, Stephen and Ben) camping out for the summer and stumbling upon an old Hotel in the woods. After finding an envelope stuffed with money and a cryptic letter, they systematically sneak back to the hotel behind their parents' backs to figure out its secrets. They become even more determined to crack the hotel with its' secret rooms, traps and tricks, when Jack starts to suspect the house may have something to do with the missing boy from his neighborhood & the serial killer that was responsible.It's not a bad story, by any means, and the novel does a good job of building tension as they go back and forth between the hotel and their home. Jack, in particular, gets quite a bit more fun as he becomes more and more unhinged and obsessed with figuring out the hotel's secrets--not even letting his friends stop him. The Mr. V bits are short and far between, so I'd wager a good 70% of the novel is sort of a mystery/puzzle story, with the serial killer at the center of the maze house. Which leads me to my biggest issue with the novel--pacing. Up until the boys start visiting the hotel regularly (a little over half-way into the book), it drags quite a bit with somewhat mundane activities. Don't get me wrong, all the time spent with the boys and their camping ends up coming back one way or another later in the book, but the scenes are just so long your interest tends to fade in and out. I think the effect is worsened by "The Boy" chapters. Every other chapter in the novel features "The Boy" -- which are short, three-five page clips of Mr. V and his victim. These are great--to the point, just enough detail, and featuring a very witty & interesting Mr. V. Loved them, and even the short length was pretty good for what they were: snips of horror. The problem, is that makes scenes between feel almost painfully long--so much you almost forget about the horror chapters as you trudge through. Thankfully, the pacing picks up to a more reasonable speed with the action and puzzles in the hotel making up for it.Aside from pacing, the dialogue feels a little forced once in a while, or just plain out of place (there's a few dropped curse words that don't quite seem to fit...), but nothing horrible. The kids are still pretty likable and a line here or there made me chuckle.The ending was probably the highlight of the story--there was a nice twist, and seeing (view spoiler)[Jack go off the deep end (hide spoiler)] was pretty entertaining. Though the most satisfying moment was probably (view spoiler)[Stephen kicking Jack in the face. (hide spoiler)]I'd definitely recommend it for anyone who likes a good booby-trapped hotel story. :)

  • Valencia
    2019-05-17 05:11

    Definitely not what I expected. A good read although the author took a bit longer than necessary to get to the core of the plot. He went on and on instead of getting to the story line! There were also variables that were left open ended that should have been tied up neatly. *Spoilers*Things that should have been tied up include:Exactly what happened to Ben and his familyHow/ When did Baal/Patrick get into Jack’s house to remove his journal?Who was in the car when Ben’s mother came to pick him up?Who was Baal/Patrick’s helper (was it Ben’s dad?)Why did Stephen just let it go once he got home?Why didn’t Stephen alert the Police when it started happening again and he suspected what was going on?

  • Lisa
    2019-05-12 09:02

    I really liked this book. You find yourself trying to figure out the intricacies of the hotel with the boys and it really keeps you in suspense. Ending had a twist as well. Although my one complaint is that I wish a couple of things were explained a little more that were revealed at the very end - but overall a good read and FREE!

  • Bambi
    2019-05-03 11:58

    Dont waste your time.

  • Samirah
    2019-05-23 05:01

    **Spoilers**I enjoyed this book, but am sad of the way it ended. Jack was smart, maybe too smart. Why didn't Stephen care to find out?? That makes him just as bad as Jack!!

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-05-19 09:06

    Review of The Vivisectionist by Ike Hamill5 starsOh boy, what a book. What a book! Not in almost any way what I expected, but that was fine because the book was a knock-out (in the positive sense). More a logic puzzle and maze than anything else, literally and metaphorically, there was also suspense, worry, fear, danger, secondary plot lines, empathetic characters, and a really powerfully impacting character evolution sequence going, as two of the characters (in order not to spoil the plot, I won’t give their identities) develop in very unexpected ways. I couldn’t sleep last night for thinking through the novel, after I had stayed up late (for me) to finish it.Jack and Ben are best friends, on the verge of high school, although Jack attends public schools at the directive of his parents, and Ben goes to a private school. With the whole summer ahead of them exempt from structured activities such as camp and enrichment programs, the boys decide to camp out at the end of Jack’s yard. Soon they are joined by Ben’s Boston friend Stephen, whom Jack considers a little too full of himself, and the boys go exploring each day (and night). What they find only begins with two scraggly dudes who target shoot animals for fun; soon their summer is filled with obsession and danger. When they discover an incredibly bizarre situation involving an isolated, abandoned hotel beyond the woods, Jack, Ben, and Stephen become intricately intertwined with events contemporary to their community, and also far in the past.

  • Heather
    2019-04-27 09:06

    I was a tad concerned that a book with a title like The Vivisectionist would turn out to be splatter horror, which isn’t really my favorite kind. Instead, the bulk of the story follows the three boys and their journey as they try to best the hotel of traps and puzzles. All three kids grow and change as they go, with one becoming completely obsessed with the puzzle.I really like stories with cryptic puzzles characters have to find their way through, but it’s hard to find ones that work as well as I’d like, because frankly it’s almost impossible to write well. It has to be believable that the person behind it all went to that much work to create every lovingly-crafted trap, every complicated puzzle. I had some trouble buying into that in this rendition.However, despite that this is a fun and fascinating read.A warning for animal-loving readers: there are multiple animal kills in here. I thought they were handled okay–not too close up, for the most part. I also know it seems strange to be okay with depictions of killing humans but not animals. I think it’s just that harming animals seems more real somehow, so it hits me harder.The pacing was great, and the events remained interesting enough that, despite feeling incredibly restless and unfocused today, I still felt pulled in and read all day.Original review on my site:

  • Jackie
    2019-05-23 06:16

    Boys spend the summer camping in the yard, boys go hiking, boys find abandoned building in the woods and want to explore. All sounds like normal kid stuff, right? Well, you throw in the fact that the building has been rigged with puzzle traps by a psychotic killer and one little boy who keeps forcing his friends to go back to the building to solve the puzzles even though the puzzles become more and more dangerous, then you have a very interesting book. The children of course have parents to sneak around and supplies to gather and they have to try to make it to the end of the building in one piece. This was a really crazy book, especially since it involved kids. I liked it a lot.

  • Gloria Johnson
    2019-04-27 09:54

    I liked the setting of boys on a summer backyard camping adventure in a neighborhood where a child had recently gone missing. Most of the way through the book I enjoyed the intereaction and mischievousness of the boys, but when they started exploring a strange deserted hotel which just happened to be near their house and full of impossible-sounding mazes and traps, I felt the story became just too unbelievable. The main character, Jack, strangely changes late in the book, again quite unbelievable to me.

  • Vicki
    2019-05-23 06:08

    The story line was great and it's not exactly what your thinking. But I couldn't give it more stars because at least a third of the book were the technical aspects of booby traps and I was so bored I skipped most of those parts. This writer has excellent story ideas, just wish he didn't get bogged down in the boring stuff and wish he would give us more enlightenment on the twists and turns. A few too many loose ends for me. Taking a break.

  • Dan
    2019-04-23 11:06

    As much as I really wanted to like this book, I found the writing style amateurish. If the author establishes which character is speaking at the beginning of a dialogue, it's unnecessary to write "said Jack", "Jack said", "said Stephen", after every line. It got incredibly annoying. Additionally, I got lost (or maybe just bored) with the extensive descriptive content about the boys maneuvering in the hotel.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-12 07:53

    Not what I was expecting when I began the book about a summer break adventure for three boys in their early teens. I suppose I was thinking back to King's Stand By Me. Mr. Hamill here surprised me again and again. I thoroughly enjoyed the thinking I figured out 'who dunnit' only to get proved wrong again and again.

  • P. Christopher Colter
    2019-05-11 11:56

    I like a good horror story, but when it involves children, I tend to shy away. This one seemed different, and I stuck it out until the end, expecting some kind of twist that would redeem it, but that never came. If shock is something you enjoy, then you will probably enjoy "The Vivisectionist", but I prefer my chills to be more subtle.

  • Susan F
    2019-05-14 08:15

    It had potential, the writing is actualy quite good, plot needs help. The trips and investigation in the hotel took way too long. It started to drag and my interest waned. I stuck it out and finished the book. It leaves the reader with a hopeless vibe. If the retracing of steps were cut down the urgency may have been felt which would have heightened anticipation.

  • Kenneth Smith
    2019-05-08 06:55

    Couldn't put it down!!!From the first sentence I was hooked. Page after page I just kept turning needing to know what was about to happen. Can't wait to see what Ike has in store for his next book.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-10 11:58

    Really enjoyed this one, first thing I've read from Mr. Hamill. I did think that the maze scenes went on for a bit too long and got a wee bit boring but overall, it was a great story. Looking forward to reading more by this author, I have a few more of his books in the wings.

  • Emily
    2019-05-02 12:54

    I wish there had been more to the end of the story. I would have like more closure. The book was a great read with just the right amount of detail, not too gory.

  • Carole J Haley
    2019-05-10 06:55

    Very Good Read!I really enjoyed this book. The storyline was very interesting and I enjoyed it almost from the first page! Enjoy!

  • Nancy
    2019-05-20 10:57

    The subject matter was at times gruesome but the puzzle aspect was very interesting. I enjoyed reading it but really hated the end!

  • Cindra Mueller
    2019-05-09 06:03

    Just okThis is more a book for teens. Not what I expected. I have liked most of Mr. Hamilton's other books.

  • TeenaRenken
    2019-05-04 08:01

    A chilling taleVery intriguing story line. Good set of characters in an intense situation. I really enjoyed this book. Ike Hamill is becoming one of my favorite author's.

  • Monica Akinyi Odhiambo
    2019-05-02 05:09

    Was looking forward to reading this book,but my Kindle somehow isn't opening up anything.oh well....