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New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice brilliantly conjures the shadowed terrors of the Louisiana bayou—where three friends confront a deadly, ancient evil rising to the surface—in this intense and atmospheric new supernatural thriller.
It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering night. No one except Niquette Delongpre, the survivor who ran away from the mangled stretch of guardrail on Highway 22 where the impossible occurred…and kept on running. Who left behind her best friends, Ben and Anthem, to save them from her newfound capacity for destruction…and who alone knows the source of her very bizarre—and very deadly—abilities: an isolated strip of swampland called Elysium.
An accomplished surgeon, Niquette’s father dreamed of transforming the dense acreage surrounded by murky waters into a palatial compound befitting the name his beloved wife gave to it, Elysium: “the final resting place for the heroic and virtuous.” Then, ten years ago, construction workers dug into a long-hidden well, one that snaked down into the deep, black waters of the Louisiana swamp and stirred something that had been there for centuries—a microscopic parasite that perverts the mind and corrupts the body.
Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing will put her family back together again. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge.
I had such high hopes for this one after reading the blurb. Unfortunately it didn’t live completely up to my expectations but I still got a nice read out of it.
We start the story by meeting the epitome of a sick, demented individual who has fixated on the local golden girl. He does what it takes to break up the golden girl and the love of her life just so he can get a chance with her. He thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he gets invited out to her family’s remote swamp retreat but things don’t go as he plans. There is something in the water at this remote swamp retreat and what it does to people is extremely disturbing.
We continue the story with the disappearance of the golden girl and her family by following the destruction that it leaves behind in her best friend, Ben, and her love, Anthem. Anthem descends in to alcohol to try to numb the pain and Ben becomes a dogged reporter after he makes the acquaintance of Marissa. <<Have I confused you yet??>> Add in what happens to our initial bad guy and we have a story that is a bit convoluted to follow and you have all the threads that this story contains.
I enjoyed the story in most respects but I really wish we had more time with Ben and with our mystery golden girl before the story ended. I think the changes of perspective and the amount of time we had to wait to get the pieces put together made this story drag a bit more than I would have liked but I can’t say I regret spending the time reading it. There is something about this blend of suspense and paranormal that was intriguing even while I was muttering “Get on with it!” The characters are intriguing, the world is sufficiently well drawn, and the premise was a good one except the fact that it took so long to get to the meat of the action.
I’m happy to recommend this to people because I did enjoy it even if I didn’t love it.
Special thanks to the team at Gallery Books who supplied me with a paper ARC, a hardcover, and an eARC via NetGalley.com. I can’t thank them enough and due to that generosity…
I’m happy to be giving away a hardcover copy of this title to one lucky commentor on the blog. Just tell me what creeps you out when you read or watch a horror story? Do you like the suspense style horror or the hack-em slash-em style??? I will pick a lucky winner on Sunday Nov 3rd so get your entries in before 11:59 pm US Central Time on Saturday, November 2nd.