Facial Review

Facial - Jeff Strand

This is my first Jeff Strand book, and it won't be my last. I say this because I've been led to believe that Facial is not his norm. 


Don't get me wrong, this book is a treat for about the first 30%. But it soon devolves into a one-trick pony. There's a single joke on display here: these people have no problem with what they are doing. A mind-controlling face in the floor takes away all their inhibitions. One person kills another. Rinse. Repeat. Strand beat this premise into the ground with a jackhammer. The story could have been half as long, really, and no one would have noticed.


The first-person head-hopping was as jarring as wrecking ball to the crotch. This is partly my fault, but I won't be taking all the blame. You see, I skip chapter titles because I don't want any spoilers. This is because a great many authors don't know how to use them. I skipped them here so I soon became lost. And once I did catch the flow, Strand introduced new characters, which was unintentionally funny, especially when I hit Felicia's first chapter. Now, all that is my fault as a reader. I should have taken the time to read the chapter titles. My fucking bad. Now for Strand's part in my confusion. All these character sound like the same person. They all have the same sense of humor (I'm assuming that is because it's the author's sense of humor) so I couldn't tell anyone apart. They all think and speak in the same way. So when I missed the character change in the chapter title, I didn't automatically know something was wrong. That is until someone requested a baby-batter mud mask.


Still, there are some genuinely funny moments in this book. I rarely laugh out loud while reading, but Strand got me going more than once. 


Notable Quote: "You sound like you have a cold." That line is so unfunny out of context, but in the book it is comedy gold covered in diamonds.


In summation: The writing was error free and rapid-fire quick. Took me all of an hour to read this this tiny bit of dumb fun, but I did find myself wishing it was over around the 60% mark. I think I'll give one of Strand's less goofy books a go next. Any recommendations?


I received a free copy of this book from DarkFuse and NetGalley in return for an honest review, which you have just received.