Lucky. Psychological novels can be acquired taste, and some readers are likely to be put off by the terror and insanity within George Dawes Green’s novel, Ravens. Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko are driving from Ohio to Florida for a vacation. They stumble on the community where the Boatwright family has just won a $318 million dollar lottery. The lucky winners find their family held hostage to McBride’s demand for them to give him half their winnings or he’ll have Zderko kill family members. The novel is at its best in maintaining the psychological tension among several characters strained to the point of breakdown. At its worst, the behavior of most characters becomes so inconsistent and without thought that the tension breaks under a reader’s incredulity at certain behavior.
Rating: Two-star (Mildly Recommended)