By Carsten Stroud
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 385 pgs. Horror
In a town overshadowed by a limestone cliff which conceals a mysterious sinkhole from which nothing ever returns, strange things are happening. A young boy literally disappears as security camera’s watch his slow walk home from school. A group of law abiding men rob a bank and gun down a number of police officers. A fugitive finds refuge on a plantation during some distant and unidentifiable time period. Town citizens finally find it impossible to ignore Niceville’s dark history and they will struggle to avoid their own horrors as well as those of the past.
More creepy than horrific, the suspense in this novel is mainly a product of the mysterious motives and actions of the characters who tell the story. Don’t expect a nice little packaged ending. Questions are certainly left unanswered and there are characters whose stories could never end happily. But, I could easily recommend this for anyone who likes Stephen King or Dean Koontz.