Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: Teric Darken's "Wickflicker"

If the best way to see a light is in a dark room, Teric Darken's Wickflicker (TreasureLine, December 2011) is all but designed to make that light blinding. The latest book, from the writer of K-I-L-L FM 100, is a look at moral relativism in its purest form: a hedonism so self-focused  as to be little more than sheer, sociopathic evil.

Gat O'Malley and Caleb Jackson are childhood friends on the cusp of adulthood. The college freshmen are the life of a party when they stumble upon the Devil's Den. Ole Scratch offers the classic bribe: the entire world at their fingertips, in exchange for their souls. For one, the promise is too good to resist, and his journey of money, sex, and power begins as his wonderment turns quickly into carnal hunger. Caleb, however, the son of a faith-filled night DJ (a character familiar to readers of Darken's previous works), is unsettled by the offer and turns it down.

He instead searches for a way out of the black maze in which he has found himself and runs across dangers of another kind.

Darken is an author unafraid to expose the seedy underbelly of humanity -- going to often extreme lengths -- in order to showcase the Light of Christ. Wickflicker is a complex book, even in the starkness of its contrasts between good and evil, with many twists in plot and storyline to keep the reader on his toes. It isn't a book for everyone: the language and situations are befitting a book written for adults, and you won't find this in the YA section of your local Christian bookstore -- all of which is fine, as Darken didn't write the book for children.

Though at times, Darken can make the differences between good and evil almost too stark -- there is little room for ambiguity, after all, when dealing with the Devil --  Wickflicker is an entertaining parable with enough tension to satisfy any lover of good paranormal thrillers.

1 comment:

  1. Your review was succinct, balanced, and professional, Randy. Thank you for reading and assessing. I am genuinely appreciative!

    As iron sharpens iron...

    Teric Darken