Published by Kensington on September 27th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Thrillers, Supernatural
eARC provided by Kensington Books
“True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni . . . It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be the victim of a bizarre ritual murder. It won’t be the last. As the snow piles up, so do the sacrifices. Cut off from the rest of the world, Glazier teams up with an occult crime specialist to uncover a secret society hiding in their midst. The gods they worship are unthinkable. The powers they summon are unstoppable. And the things they will do to the good people of Colby are utterly, horribly unspeakable… Praise for the novels of Mary SanGiovanni “A feast of both visceral and existential horror.”—F. Paul Wilson on Thrall “Filled to the brim with mounting terror.”—Gary A. Braunbeck on The Hollower “Nightmarish and vivid.”—FearZone on The Hollower
I was riveted when I started reading this book. Not only were the characters dealing with some terrifying things, but they are in small town Colby, Connecticut. It was not hard for me to imagine a town like Colby in Connecticut. Small towns abound in this state where snow storms are common and the people are self sufficient.
This story starts with a ritualistic murder. Kathy, occult expert is brought in to help with case. In the meantime it is May and snow is falling at an alarming rate. The town is used to snow, but not this late in the season. When other bodies with similar markings are discovered the cops know that they are dealing with something they can’t handle. Cut off from the rest of the world due to the storm, monsters start to make their presence known in this small town. Now it is up to Kathy and the cops in this small town to figure out how to stop the evil that has been unleashed.
This story starts off at a breakneck pace and doesn’t let up. I have to admit I was surprised to see the author lead us right there to face off with terrifying creatures at a time when most stories are still laying out the back story.I loved the horror of the snow storm. This isn’t just a bit of snow, it is snowing sideways and freezing roads faster then anyone can clear them. It is scary in itself to be stuck somewhere during a storm, having creatures out there eating people takes this fear to a whole new level.
I loved the paranormal aspect to this story. Imagine devil worshipers that are actually able to conjure up demons that bite and kill. Scary! The creatures aren’t too well defined, but I found their descriptions enough for my imagination to fill in the blanks. My imagination, paired with the details supplied by the author, is terrifying! The creatures don’t care who they kill as long as they are dead.
I loved a lot about this story, but that’s not to say that this writing style isn’t without faults. I found it a bit difficult to get invested in the characters. Kathy is well described but her actions don’t really go with her experience, or so I thought. The other main character, Jack, was a bit one-dimensional. Teagan, (the love interest), would have been a nice touch, but the author doesn’t give us any information about him. That’s frustrating. All of the characters were a bit cliché, but for a horror it worked. I did like how well played the ending wrapped was. All in all I would recommend this to horror fans only. As a horror story it does it’s job.