Andrew Mayhem #2
by: Jeff Strand
Horror / Comedy
Released: March 2005
Andrew's not sure how he does it, but disaster and mayhem seem to follow him wherever he goes. A year and a half after his last fiasco, he's trying to rebuild his life and keep his family safe. While out with his wife, a psychopath with a scimitar tries to take Andrew hostage, only to be stopped at the last minute by a bounty hunter. The bounty hunter's been hired by a man whose wife has been kidnapped, and the man says the kidnapper's demanded Andrew as ransom. Turns out the scimitar wielding loony was supposed to collect Andrew for the kidnapper. The bounty hunter suggests he'll pose as the psycho and Andrew can pose as the hostage, then they'll catch the kidnapper and get the man's wife back.
Andrew reluctantly agrees, and drags his best friend along to pretend to be a hostage with him. But nothing ever turns out right for Andrew, and he ends up a hostage for real. The only way to keep from dying a gruesome death is to tell the kidnapper he's actually the psycho with the scimitar.
Too bad Andrew's plans never work out as expected...
This is book #2 in the series, and I'd suggest reading them in order, although I suppose it's not strictly necessary. These books somehow manage to take situations that would never happen in real life, add danger and insanity, and somehow make it into a believable story. In this book, poor Andrew ends up with a group of psychos straight out of a horror movie. They've set up their own building of horrors, complete with funhouse and weapons of painful dismemberment. While reading it, it reminded me of watching a horror movie, because some of the scenes were so grisly, so horrible, that only horror movies could pull it off.
The thing I really enjoyed about these books, though, was Andrew's voice. He has a very clear, very sarcastic voice that keeps you grounded throughout the whole thing. So scenes where you should be cringing and screaming, Andrew's completely inappropriate sense of humor gives you a cushion and protects you from the creepiness, making you want to keep reading to find out exactly how Andrew's going to talk his way out of the next mess. It's part horror, part comedy, and utterly ridiculous, but it works. I loved it.
Carla gives this book a