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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Oculars is a work of graphic horror and paranormal fiction penned by author Renna Olsen. Written for adults, the tale centers on hero Ethan Owenby, who returns from prison after a drunken driving incident caused dreadful consequences in his family and beyond. Though Ethan doesn’t know the full extent of the damage in his past, his future is about to change everything. Ethan comes into possession of the Oculars of the book’s title, an enlightening new technology that allows human beings to look into the world of ghosts. Ethan’s Uncle Wilson warns him to tell no-one of this incredible device, but these things have a way of getting out there.
I found Renna Olsen’s writing really engaging, which made Ethan’s whole journey a fast-paced read with plenty of shocks and thrills. The prose is direct with many sharp sentences cutting through the description to keep the action moving. The concept of the Dark Spectrum – the world of the ghosts – was convincingly done and suitably scary to read about. As a misguided hero, Ethan is well developed and endearingly flawed, whilst his uncle fills that creepy elder horror trope perfectly. If you’re looking for a classic horror tale that ticks every box and provides an intriguing and exciting plot, then this could be the book for you. I found it to be reminiscent of both the works of Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Overall, I’d highly recommend The Oculars to fans of supernatural horror everywhere for its pacey prose and chilling concept.