Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory
Published by Titan Books
When I read the back of this book as you do in the library or book shop, this is what I read. ‘Harrison Harrison—H2 to his mom—is a lonely teenager who’s been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the “sensitives” who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison and his mother have just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic, where strange things go on by night, monsters lurk under the waves, and creepy teachers run the local high school. On Harrison’s first day at school, his mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea. Harrison must attempt to solve the mystery of her accident, which puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife-wielding killer, and the Dwellers, fish-human hybrids that live in the bay. It will take all his resources—and an unusual host of allies—to defeat the danger and find his mother.’ I decided this book was something I could choose to read.
Both teens and adult readers will enjoy this book. Each chapter begins with a epigraph and each one is from ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I happened to study this at high school and fortunately this still did not deter me from the book!
I would describe this book as a fantasy, a mystery, with some adventure and definitely some eeriness thrown in. The main protagonist is a teenager but there is enough in the novel that I would say it can be a crossover novel for adults also. It’s not a long novel and with the interest it can hold could become a quick read. This may not be the last Harrison story.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Daryl Gregory
Title: Harrison Squared
Publisher: Titan Books
Published: July 2015