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.
First off, the first thing i though of was the cover and how it reminded me of Patrick Ness’s book Monsters of Men.
See the resemblance? lol. Anyways, i still greatly love the cover and find it has very bold captivating colors. Its enough to grab my attention. (and the fact Stephen King blurbed about it on the front). This book started out a tad slow for me at first and then quickly picked up. He has many interesting tropes working together in this novel and many original ideas. You feel he is channeling an inner Stephen King as he writes this novel. his uniqueness, though is certainly entertaining as he brings fourth original ideas. You definitely get an old western feel to it as you read throughout it. Nick does a great job of painting a very vivid backdrop and executes a beautiful scene description. This story moves back and fourth between the 1960’s and the 1980’s and the events in which took place. Nick does a great job of moving back and fourth without blurring lines and tidies everything up to a clear concise ending. Nick is a Stephen King at the height of his power with shades of H.P. Lovecraft mixed in. Wonderful read! 4 stars from me. This review is based on a complementary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.