Blog Tour: The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
3 August, 2016
The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
Today is my spot on the The Last Days of Jack Sparks blog tour. Now I was supposed to share with you a review of the book but because life has been busier and more demanding than I expected, I haven’t actually finished the book but I have loved what I’ve read so far so I am instead going to tell you five reasons I want to finish it and reasons why you should definitely pick the book up as well.
And I am also giving away a copy of the book to one lucky winner! To enter the giveaway, read the post and the final question and comment below! More details at end of the post!
First though, here’s some info on the book!
Jack Sparks died while writing this book. This is the account of his final days.
In 2014, Jack Sparks – the controversial pop culture journalist – died in mysterious circumstances.
To his fans, Jack was a fearless rebel; to his detractors, he was a talentless hack. Either way, his death came as a shock to everyone.
It was no secret that Jack had been researching the occult for his new book. He’d already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed in rural Italy.
Then there was that video: thirty-six seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet was posted from his own YouTube account.
Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed – until now. This book, compiled from the files found after his death, reveals the chilling details of Jack’s final hours.
Five Reasons To Read (And Finish) The Last Days of Jack Sparks
And I’m really not just saying that. I have not finished the book because life got in the way but I cannot tell you how many times I just wanted to stop time so that I could pick the book back up and continue reading it. From the very first page, my eyes were glued to the book. It is full on and pulls you straight into the tension of it all. You know what’s going to happen but you just have no idea how and you simply have to keep reading to find out.
I’ve only read one other book that had a similar narrative style to this book (and guess what, I loved that book too!). This book is a fiction book but it is set out like a non-fiction auto-biography/biography book (because the “author” died while writing it! And I’m not sure why but this just makes the book that much more interesting to me as there are little excerpts here and there. There’s the narrative that Jack writes interspersed with “conversations” and “emails” between the other characters he interviews which contradict everything and makes you wonder what is actually going on.
This book hooked me in with its synopsis but as well as having a strong premise, it also keeps the reader hooked with fantastic writing, vibrant characters and a plot that just keeps the reader intrigued. Where is it all leading? What actually happened to Jack Sparks? What is or isn’t real? It’s so brilliantly written that I would recommend it based on this quality alone.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you should know that I absolutely love supernatural books and I love that this book which is set out like a non-fiction book set in our world deals with it. It starts with an exorcism and a celebrity wanting proof about ghosts and the devil and it spirals from there. It’s so fascinating to read about in this book and definitely makes you wonder about your own position about supernatural entities in this world.
This book definitely does a brilliant job of building the tension throughout – or well, it has so far anyway – and I love books that are intense. I got pulled fully into this story until I felt like I was right there with the characters. It’s such a wonderful thing to happen with a book. It also kept my morbid curiosity in check and is one of the biggest reasons that I cannot wait to pick the book up again. In fact, I am going to go and do that right now…
About the Author
Jason Arnopp is a British author and scriptwriter. His background is in journalism: he has worked on titles such as Heat, Q, The Word, Kerrang!, SFX and Doctor Who Magazine. He has written comedy for Radio 4 and official tie-in fiction for Doctor Who and Friday The 13 th .The Last Days of Jack Sparks is the first novel which is entirely Jason’s own fault (though some readers will blame Jack himself).