Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Jack and Francis live in a house with several of their friends from college. Most of them work at the same place, but on different shifts. Late one night, Jack sees their boss, Kenny, in an alley with blood all over him; Jack pretends not to notice out of fear.

Jack’s girlfriend, Jennifer, is a girl with a sad past whom he met at work. Jennifer decides to buy a house up on a mountain, and Jack agrees to go with her. Francis has fallen for Jennifer, but tries not to show it. When the gang decides to throw Jack a birthday party up at the new house, strange things start to happen. Jack and Jennifer notice some strange things about their new house as well, but they ignore them. Sadly, they shouldn’t have ignored them because when people start disappearing from the party, they are all shocked at what they find. After tracking bloody prints and horrifying screams, they come across The Leaping.

When I first started reading The Leaping, I was immediately put off by the amount of foul language that seems to permeate the pages. As a person who reads primarily Christian fiction, I knew this book would be a stretch for me in terms of genre. I’m not naïve or sheltered enough to be shocked by a few bad words, but The Leaping had an over-abundance of words that seemed to be just randomly placed for the simple sake of having curse words in the text. The author seemed to put them there “just because” he could. However, the more I read, the more humorous the book became to me. I kept picturing a B-movie that was terribly low-budget with poor acting. The plot was thin, the characters poorly developed, and the idea so ludicrous it couldn’t be believed.

I’ve never read anything by Tom Fletcher before this book and I have no plans to read anything by him again. The only thing that was more annoying than The Leaping was seeing (at the end of the book) that there is already a sequel out with the same plot ideas.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Quercus. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.