I remember watching a TV show about a town where a strange humming noise could be heard. Various attempts where made to locate the source, but none were successful. Author D.W.Brown used this story for the basis of his novel, The Hum. Finding this to be an extremely interesting premise for a novel, I was looking forward to reading this book.
Focusing on two main characters, Kevin, a pretty disturbed former resident of the town of Taos and Sheriff Jent, a former FBI agent. Their paths had crossed earlier when Sheriff Jent arrested Kevin for brutal murders. Drawing Kevin back to Taos is the urge to get to the bottom of the humming noise. The Hum that had driven him to commit horrific murders. Sheriff Jent is also drawn to Taos when he tries to get to the bottom of a mystery where two separate murders are committed by individuals who had both heard “The Hum”.
As you can see, The Hum offers a fairly interesting and unique premise. However within the first few pages of the book, I knew that this was not going to be an enjoyable reading experience. Firstly, there were an awful lot of formatting problems. Now I bought this book in the Kindle format, but it appeared that the formatting had not been checked prior to release for the Kindle. I found this hugely frustrating as it really did upset the flow of reading. If this had been an e-Arc, then I would have had no issue. the Hum could have used a significant amount of editing and proof-reading.
The second thing that strikes me about The Hum is that it really isn’t well written. There is a lot of dialogue to be found in this story, and unfortunately its reads stilted and unnatural. The character themselves do not feel like real people. I’ll be honest and say that its been a long time since I’ve read a book with such poorly developed characters. All in all, this made for a very difficult read, and it was a real chore to finish this book. Not the very worst book that I have read, but I can only give this book 1 star.
***Disclaimer – I purchased this book, and this is my honest review***