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Retro Reading: The Calling by Bob Randall


In today's world, everyone is connected to their phone, but there was a time when the phone was mounted to a wall and you didn't know who was calling.

This is the set up for The Calling in which Susan Reed begins to get strange phone calls which drive her almost insane.

It starts out one night when she takes her dog, Sweet William, out for a walk in the middle of the night. As she walks past a phone booth, the phone starts to ring and while startled, she ignores it and continues on her way home.

A few days go by and while she's getting ready for work, the house phone rings and after she answers it, discovers that no one is there, yet she knows that someone/thing is there.

While chilled, she hangs up and continues about her day.

The calls continue to come (only when she's home alone) and eventually she tells it to stop calling.

She debates about telling her husband, Lou, about the calls and finally she caves and tells him. While she can't actually describe who's calling, she tells him that it's something evil.

Eventually, she tells her co-worker Tara about the calls.

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Tara ponders the information and then one day tells her about a man that she's met, Yuri, who can possibly help her. She arranges a meeting for her.

Yuri does seem to be interested in her story and gives her some suggestions and at first they seem to work, but then the calls continue. She's at a point where she doesn't even want to answer the phone at work.

Through a series of "coincidences" Susan knows that evil is at play and once again, Tara comes to the rescue by introducing her to Harriet, a vice president at AT&T.

Harriet does confirm a few things to Susan and she tells her that she'll put a trace on the phone.

With the obsession that the phone is causing, Susan loses her job and as a final resort, Tara again comes to the rescue by telling her that she can stay at her parents country house. Hopefully, by the time she gets back things will have settled down.

But they don't.

The phone calls follow her wherever she goes until she makes a decision regarding her Fate.

Honestly, I put this book down a few times because I just couldn't get into the story. No matter how much I tried, but, eventually, I did find myself a little caught up in the story.

After reading Randall's bestseller, The Fan, I was hoping for something of this caliber, but it just drags. There are a few spikes in the story, but, other than that, I was pretty bored.

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