‘The Thicket’ highlights the ‘horrors’ of corporate greed

Horror emphasizes societal imperfections, lacks thrill

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“The Thicket” is a great read if you’re looking for societal commentary, but not so great if you’re hoping to get really scared.

“The Thicket” by Noelle W. Ihli is a book I found on Amazon. Because virtually anything can be published on the platform, most books are random.

Located in rural Idaho, the Halloween attraction called the Thicket is a place where haunted paths and mazes draw teens from all over the Northwest. It is even known as one of the top attractions in the United States

However, one night, two people are murdered at the Thicket. The first victim is Brandon, the little brother of the main antagonist, Norah. The second victim is a teenager who works at the attraction.

Fear, protest and anger erupt in town as parents press for the attraction to be permanently closed. But as expected in a horror plot, the managers decide to keep the place open!

(In a way, the authorities agree with this decision.)

Most of the book follows three teenage girls – Maren, Jamie and Taylor – who are all former friends of Norah and decide to go to the Thicket (because it doesn’t matter that two people have been murdered, right).

However, one of the things this book does well is highlight corporate greed.

As one of Idaho’s biggest tourist destinations, the Thicket generates a lot of revenue. While it would be morally sound to close the attraction at least for the rest of the year, managers prioritize economic benefits by keeping it open and adding higher security measures to satisfy the masses.

This concept of wanting money over security is a widespread idea in American society. Throughout the onset of the pandemic, many complained that the United States opted for a “business as usual” approach instead of locking down to keep the virus from spiraling out of control, all because we didn’t want to. suffer the economic consequences.

I like that it’s one of the main thrusts of the novel because it’s so real. Some of you may recall last year when former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos posted about the launch of the Blue Origin space without mentioning the deaths of six warehouse workers.

It shows how companies and the people who run them care more about money than life. “The Thicket” is no exception to this.

However, this novel also has a few problems, the first being that the killer has no motive for his actions.

There was huge potential to get a pattern. Maybe the killer was wronged by the executives, maybe a family member died, and the company did nothing to remedy the situation. The ingredients for a revenge story were all there!

But, the author instead made him a typical bloodthirsty psychopath with no interesting history or personality. It’s really a shame.

However, the book has a way of redeeming itself. The last two scenes in the book get very gruesome, and there’s a twisted ending that I honestly didn’t see coming.

If you can figure out that the book starts very slowly and often struggles to grab your attention, you will eventually be rewarded for your patience.

All in all, if you want a book that will keep your weekend entertained, “The Thicket” is a great option. But if you’re looking to be genuinely disturbed or scared, this horror novel won’t offer much.

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