Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Book Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
Source: ARC from publisher for honest review
An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down...old-school horror at its best.”
From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all.
I don't even know where to start on this one! All I can say is don't read this at night, alone and in the dark. Holy hell, this is a book that I will add to my list of scary books I've read. And to be honest, that list isn't very long (The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper is on the list too).
Little Heaven is gruesome, vivid, and just plain eerie and creepy. I've never read any other book by Nick Cutter and I can't say that I will if they are all like this one. Not that I didn't like the book, I just don't like to be scared! The writing is great in Little Heaven, the attention to detail is there for sure, along with the creep factor. Cutter definitely left a lot open for the readers imagination in terms of what the characters saw or felt and it was a different experience reading a book like that.
Micah, Eb and Minerva are all very different characters but are all bounty hunters who meet up to check on a young womans nephew. A very interesting plot where you'll go back to when they met for the very first time, or "Beginnings" as a part of the book is called. The way the novel is separated into parts with a few illustrations throughout added to the overall appeal of the book I think.
Overall, Little Heaven, while I was strongly intrigued by the synopsis was a little too much on the horrifying and gruesome end of things for me to thoroughly enjoy the whole thing. I tried, but I think I'll stick to my usual next time!