His father was born a Roman Catholic, and his mother converted before marriage, back in Vietnam, but she also kept a small Buddhist shrine in one corner of their living room. He has too many questions, no answers, and very little time. Overall it is a pretty entertaining book. When Tommy returns home one night, after a particularly bad nagging phone call from Mom, he finds an innocent rag doll lying on his doorstep and brings it in for a closer inspection. Starting with the purchase of his first corvette the ride just keeps going from there.
The story was enticing the first half of the story. This one is on the plus side. Tick Tock was a book I had read like 15 years ago and I had recalled enjoying it a lot so I gave it five stars. I loved the main character, Tommy Phan. Reading this book made me feel really tense because when Tommy was running for his life sometimes the doll would get really close to getting him. After he gets home the doorbell at the front of his house rings. I understand why he'd want to write something light and don't hold that against him.
Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. When the doll turns into something monstrous, Tommy finds himself on the run from it along with a weird woman named Deliverance who seems to know more than she is letting on and her dog she calls Scottie. She complains about his detective character in the book that he's just sold and accuses him of eating too many cheeseburgers and chasing blondes. He'll reel you in from the first page to the very end, transport you into a world that you're so sure is this but turns out to be that. He meant no disrespect for his family, but he was far more American now than Vietnamese. The book started off promising Tommy Phan is a likable character with problems that any reader could probably connect with.
In this novel he mixes horror, mystery and slapstick very successfully. No birds were perched on the roof of the car dealership either. But it made me laugh and kept me in suspense and I loved the three main characters - whom I envisioned as Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and scary Mrs. Jim Shine raised his voice. He hops in his new Corvette and drives away.
Never see one drive Corvette. Tommy Phan has just about everything he ever dreamed of; a successful career as a novelist, a brand new Corvette, and all the trappings that money can buy. That should be a separate book on its own. Also, as the book when on and he met new people he figured more and more things out about the doll that later helped him figure out how to defeat the enourmous evil doll. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. This book is not what it seems at first.
The story starts with someone leaving a small rag doll on his doorstep. I found myself scanning through pages until the dialogue ended. Tommy sees Del's paintings and they're of him. Dean, the author of many 1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna. Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life - and straight into an adventure that will turn the next 24 hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery, and wondrous discovery.
Ticks are divided into two main families, soft ticks Argasidae and hard ticks Ixodidae. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book up until Del comes in. Without knowing why he is thrust into a supernatural nightmare. What movies, what books, with all sorts of dolls-murderers, always lead to confusion. With a novel a year hitting the bookshelves he was as prolific a writer as Stephen King. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. They get to the island where her mother lives to get advice and a car.
Pity those who believe the latter. His mother issued a long-suffering sigh because she would have to use English. This is a short quick read. Then he is told that he must flee before the doctor's enemies hunt him down. He sees Deliverance Payne, the blond he met at the restaurant, and they escape with a quick brush in with the demon. Paul Michael, winner of several Earphones Awards, has also won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He loved her, but sometimes she made him crazy.