Book Review: The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

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Genre: Horror

Publisher: Orbit

Length: 336 pages

Format: Ebook

Rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: March 3rd 2016

 

 

 

Publisher’s description

Jack Sparks died while writing this book. This is the account of his final days.

In 2014, Jack Sparks – the controversial pop culture journalist – died in mysterious circumstances. 

To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors, he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone.

It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult for his new book. He’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy. 

Then there was that video: thirty-six seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.

Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed – until now. This book, compiled from the files found after his death, reveals the chilling details of Jack’s final hours.

 

Book Review

Jack Sparks, a journalist famous for his controversial books, his outspoken tweets and his overall terrible attitude wants to write a new book. After his last bestseller Jack Sparks on Drugs, a book that sent him a couple of months in rehab, Jack is ready for another ride. And what is more controversial than a big dive into the supernatural?

Jack Sparks and the Supernatural will be his next bestseller, he doesn’t care if it means that he’ll have to assist to exorcism or watch creepy videos (especially very realistic ones published on in own Youtube channel without his knowledge). Jack has to show everyone on Earth what a supercherie this supernatural thing is. It will be his best work…if he can survive it.

Well, as we learn in the prologue, he couldn’t. Jack Sparks died while writing the manuscript of what should have been his masterpiece. Now published posthumously with some add-ons such as testimonies of friends and family, The Last Days of Jack Sparks is Jack’s account of his (mis)adventures diving into the supernatural.

But what exactly caused Jack’s death ? Was it ghosts or other miscellaneous creatures or simply an excess of cocaine ? And what about the mysterious video posted on his own Youtube channel that he certainly didn’t put there? Who did and for what?

Reading The Last Days of Jack Sparks, you’ll soon come to the realization that Jack Sparks and his entire squad are definitely unreliable, they all have secret motives to say what they say and hide what they do. Which means that you cannot trust anyone and you are the only one able to decide what you should trust: and it only makes it more fun.

Another thing that you might want to know before going in is that Jack is a bit of an asshole: he’s rude, self-obsessed and a complete drug addict. I usually don’t like main characters who happen to be total douchebags but, in this book, I woudn’t have wanted anything else: it suited the story perfectly.

This book is hilarious and if, like me, you tend to be intimidated by horror books just because you’re afraid you won’t be able to sleep, give this one a try. It was such a fun ride, I almost devoured the entire thing in a day because I wanted to know what was going to happen! The mystery is going to keep you on the edge of your seat and the tone and sarcastic voice of Jack is definitely something to experience!

Highly recommended if you’re looking for a hilarious read for Halloween or any other time of the year!

 

And if I didn’t manage to convince you, go read Mogsy’s and Tammy’s reviews, they both convinced me to pick up The Last Days of Jack Sparks and it was definitely worth it! 😀

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