THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: In the vein of 'Twice Burned', this novel was a very fast, halfway enjoyable read. Again, my expectations were low, so it didn't take much to please me, particularly with this novel series. I did find the premise of the book funny, a teenager trying to find a summer job. Maybe Freddy would hire her to clean the boiler room! Haha. And besides, what teenager tries to find a job nowadays anyhow? And what jobs are there for teens? But I digress. I did end up actually enjoying this story, so David Bergantino did a pretty good job with his character development, as well as tossing in elements of a 'who-dun-it' crime drama, and the end result was a fairly solid effort. For a young adult novel. NOT a 'Nightmare On Elm Street' novel. Freddy really doesn't fit in this one like he did in previous entries. At times I felt like I was reading a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys novel, and it really detracted from the fact that this was supposed to be a Tale of Terror, and made me question why I was reading it in the first place. I got antsy as I hit page 130 and there still was no sign of Freddy. He does eventually make a cameo, but it makes no sense. And his prologue and epilogue were just laughable, and this is coming from a guy who has seen every episode of 'Freddy's Nightmares'. Still, compared to the first three books, this one is way better, and ranks it up there with book four, even though that doesn't say much. Overall, if it was a teenage detective story, it would probably be rated a 6 or 7, but trying to pass it off as a 'Nightmare On Elm Street' novel is a mistake, leaving it just shy of the rating of book four. 3.5 out of 10.
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