Anthony Hains’ writing truly gets better and better. His descriptions are accurate, detailed, and creatively bound. His storylines and plots are always addictive and compelling. He invites you into a world he has clearly spend a great time crafting and perfecting. This novel is no exception!
A small-town sheriff by the name of Lacey Nelson, who has seen her fair share of deaths, both normal and unexplainable. The locals in town think that the high murder rate is due to The Torment. The Torment is a curse that began with a massacre over a hundred years ago on Somers Mountain. Lacey doesn’t buy into this nonsense. She is a scientific and factual person and sheriff. She seeks out truthful reasons for the multiple deaths. Each and every case she gets given goes through her thorough vetting process, searching for rational explanations rather than Hocus Pocus silliness.
That is, until a drug-addicted troublemaker shows up, begging to be kept safe from his son of nine.
Enticed yet? You’ll never see it coming. Any of it. The explanations, the madness, the murder. It will shake you to your core.
I was particularly impressed with the character development of Lacey Nelson. She wasn’t so much a character as a person. She embodies the realist in us, always identifying rational explanations and shaking off the faintest sniff of delusional thinking spawned from group hysteria and small-town conformity.
If you wanted a novel to compare this to, I can honestly think of none. It had an original pace, a vibe that is unparallel to any other work of fiction I’ve come across. It’s truly spellbinding. And even when you are scared to your bones, you’ll be dying to read more.
Anthony Hains is a hell of an author and this book is one to read this summer!
Chaos, creepiness, shocks, intrigue, and action, all tied together with a quick pace and flawless writing.
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