The Rats

The Rats - James Herbert (Really a 3.5; when will Goodreads switch to the ten-point rating system?)

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There is nothing intelligent about James Herbert's The Rats: the social commentary is incidental, the writing is plain, and while the structure is interesting it is far from ground-breaking. Yet the novel is highly entertaining. This is the result of the novel's structure; the short scenes, constantly changing locations, growing tensions and simple writing make for a quick, tense-filled read. The novel is structured around various rat attack scenes interspersed with quieter moments, such as domestic scenes between our hero Harris and his lover Judy, or scenes of officials discussing the vermin problem. The novel progresses with a mounting rodent threat and the increased involvement of East End high school art teacher Harris, all of which come to a satisfying climax.