Jack Sparks died while writing this book.
It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed. Then there was that video: forty 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.
What we say – review by Nikki Mason:
I wolfed down this book quicker than a warm cookie…but without the sweetness and comfort. In fact with so much discomfort, I had to read it with my cat in my lap so I didn’t feel alone.
Famous author Jack is setting out to prove that ghosts aren’t real for his new bestseller and all the evidence he’s presented with to the contrary he rationalises with science. But creepy, inexplicable things start happening more and more often until even Jack loses his Spark.
Not only are events that happen in the book unpleasant but Jack himself is a nasty character: arrogant, offensive, manipulative, cowardly and a druggie to boot. So all credit to Arnopp that he really earns the reader’s sympathy. The novel is an absolute gem for those who love an unreliable narrator – anyone who gets a turn at voicing their opinion directly to the reader seems immediately untrustworthy, which makes the whole tale more fascinating and more compulsive.
There was one point where I felt the writer was possibly writing a book with a film in mind and so it lost me for a few pages but that said, it’s a cracker – a fascinatingly dark look into the supernatural through the eyes of one horribly insecure individual.
About the Author: Jason Arnopp
Jason Arnopp is a British author and scriptwriter. His background is in journalism: he has worked on titles such as Heat, Q, The Word, Kerrang!, SFX and Doctor Who Magazine. He has written comedy for Radio 4 and official tie-in fiction for Doctor Who and Friday The 13th. The Last Days of Jack Sparks is the first novel which is entirely Jason’s own fault (though some readers will blame Jack himself).