Three mercenaries meet and an uneasy alliance is formed.
Micah Shughrue, Minerva Atwater, and Ebenezer Elkins
agree to help Ellen Bellhaven find her nephew in the
mysterious little forest enclave known as LITTLE HEAVEN.
Ellen's nephew, Nate, and his father are residing with a
religious cult and Ellen wants to ensure Nate is safe and
well cared for. Little do any of them expect the horror
that ensues, or the ramifications that will come in the
future from an evil that seemingly never ends.
It took me two tries to finally settle into the darkness
that encompasses LITTLE HEAVEN. We switch back and forth
between time periods as events from the past and present
collide. Unfortunately, the beginning chapters seem a bit
disjointed as the reader is left wondering what the heck
is actually going on. However, once we get past the
initial meeting of the three bounty hunters central to
the story line, the pieces start fitting together.
I like Micah, despite his sometimes dubious past choices.
Nick Cutter does a great job at showing both his good and
bad sides. Besides, who can't help but love a man willing
to risk everything to save others? However, I had a more
difficult time with Ebenezer and Minerva, particularly
Minerva. Despite learning much of Minerva's motivation
for her choice in profession, I still couldn't relate to
her or see her as much more than a one dimensional
LITTLE HEAVEN is dark, gruesome, and truly horrifying in
its overall theme. Nick Cutter paints a thoroughly
disgusting portrait of evil that captivates the reader
even as the horror of what you are reading begs for you
to turn away. If you love horror and aren't icked out by
more than a few bugs and intestines, then LITTLE HEAVEN
should be on your reading list.
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.