Genres: Adult, Horror
Published by Signet on January 1st 1976
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For the Classic Club, I made a list of 50 classics that I’d either like to read for the first time or re-read. The Omen is a true classic in the horror world and a re-read for me. The last time I read this book I was sixteen.
The concept was always something that interested me. An evil child — little else can be creepier than that to me. I had always remembered this as sending shivers down my spine. A book that kept me up all night as I read it, hidden away in my room.
It’s still a classic in horror, in my opinion. And it is a very interesting book that has a lot of elements that come together smoothly. Thorn and Katherine are sympathetic characters in a way, but also a little hard to relate to. Not many of us are vastly rich and successful, like these two. I like the way we were introduced to facts prior to them. So when we, the readers, knew something horrible was happening to them, they didn’t.
This book, however, did remind me why I’m not a fan of third person omniscient POV. I like first person and I love a good third person close POV that has a vivid voice, but omniscient…? It’s hard to relate to and it’s generally voiceless. The narrator is just telling us everything that happens while head jumping from paragraph to paragraph — sometimes sentence to sentence. That’s just not my favorite thing. I like to stick with one head in one section. If we head jump from section to section, that’s fine. But in one section, I like to be with one person.
When we head jump, it’s hard to really get to know one character. It’s even harder to care about them. We’re so removed from them. Whereas with third person close, we’re attached to just one, and — of course — first person POV, we’re in the head of one character.
That aside, Seltzer had a talent for building suspense and the way this book end? That was so shocking the first time I read it. When an author can end a book that way, in a satisfying manner, I am always really impressed.
Take away point: Big lies come back to bite you in the ass