author: Scott J. Holliday
average rating: 4.14
book published: 2013
read at: 2014/03/31
date added: 2014/03/31
Stonefly is a supernatural story that feels familiar, but has a wholly original concept. Jacob Duke has to grant wishes. If you wish for something sincerely and Jacob can't grant it in seven days, you die. This makes Jacob a bit frantic, especially as the clock ticks down. So frantic, that he once spent time in a mental hospital, and became deaf as a result.
Jacob Duke comes back to the town of Braketon where he spent time in the aforementioned mental hospital. This time, he is just looking for a little rest and relaxation when he runs across a young boy who wishes that his father was dead. Jacob wants nothing to do with this, but after meeting the boy's abusive, violent father, thinks it might not be a bad idea.
Jacob is a very likeable hero in the vein of Odd Thomas (high praise from me, indeed). There's a good setup for a series with some good recurring characters, like Jacob's mysterious father, his mother and the sheriff who just wants her to notice him, and Lori Nelson, who Jacob helped and has strong feelings about. It's a very well told tale, and I definitely would read more about this character. Well done!
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