The Pack – Jason Starr

“When Simon Burns is fired from his job without warning, he takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son. But his reluctance pushes his already strained marriage to the limit. In the nestled playgrounds of the Upper West Side, Simon harbors a simmering rage at his boss’s betrayal.

 Things take a turn when he meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground. They are different from other men Simon has met, stronger and more confident, more at ease with the darker side of life – and soon Simon is lured into their mix. But after a guys’ night out gets frighteningly out of hand, Simon feels himself sliding into a new nightmarish reality.

 As he experiences disturbing changes in his body and his perceptions, he starts to suspect that when the guys welcomed him to their “pack”, they were talking about much more than male bonding . . .”

I was lucky enough to win this book from a giveaway on Feeling Fictional.

I really like the cover, it has a dark and dangerous feel to it.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book itself and whilst reading I had mixed feelings about it – there were some parts that I enjoyed very much but others that just didn’t hold my interest enough.

When Simon lost his job and began looking after his son Jeremy it set off a chain of events that changed his life forever.  I enjoyed reading about his first day as a stay-at-home dad, particularly the incident at the pizza place which made me laugh out loud as I pictured the scene and as a stay-at-home mum myself I could definitely understand how he felt at that point.

Meeting the other dads (Michael, Ramon and Charlie) at the park was another turning point and after his night out with them things got really intense and confusing for him.  Simon went through many physical and emotional changes, it felt like I was always on the verge of finding out what happened during their night out and I was relieved when all was finally revealed.

Michael was an interesting yet scary character, he was a straight-talker who oozed confidence and you could tell that he liked to be in charge.  When he met Olivia I couldn’t figure out where she fit into the story but as I progressed through the book it all became clear.

It was towards the end that I really had a problem with this book, I got distracted very easily and it just didn’t hold my attention the way other books can, truthfully I got a bit bored.  The last couple of chapters were full of action and managed to keep me interested but the damage had already been done for me and I’m just not sure if I feel the need to read the next book in the series, which is called The Craving.

This is a dark and dangerous story, it may not have captured me completely but I’m sure for many it would.

The Pack can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Jason Starr visit his website here.