Author: Nick Cutter
Publisher: Gallery Books (imprint of Simon & Schuster)
Genre/Themes: Fiction, Horror
Release Date: January 19th 2016
Page Count: 496
*Disclaimer* An ARC of Little Heaven was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my review in any way.
“There is an old saying that goes: Evil never dies; it merely sleeps. And when that evil awakes, it does so soundlessly–or almost so.”
While Little Heaven was my first experience with a novel by Nick Cutter, I’ve had his other books, The Troop & The Deep, on my to-read list for quite some time now. I had heard a lot of positive things about his writing style when it comes to horror novels, so I was really excited to be able to read Little Heaven as part of the Dark Side Reads blog tour through Simon & Schuster Canada. While Little Heaven was extremely dark and disturbing (two of my favourite qualities in a horror novel), it was also very long-winded.
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.
What I Liked
The graphic imagery. Little Heaven was filled with two different forms of graphic imagery. Written and visual. The words alone made me visualize some pretty dark and gruesome imagery, but then there were actual illustrations throughout the novel that provided even more dark and disturbing imagery.
The darkness. Yes. This book was extremely dark. As most of you know, I tend to enjoy everything dark and creepy, so this element of the book worked extremely well for me. I’m not sure if reading it during the holiday season was the best decision, but if you’re looking for something that will make your skin crawl, this is the right book for you.
What I Didn’t Like
The writing style. While the dark and disturbing elements worked well, it was everything in between that forced me to bring my rating down. There were a lot of moments in between all of the horror that were very dry and long-winded. It took me a long time to read this book, not because of it’s length, but because I kept feeling a little bored in between all of the horror.
The length. While this book is just under 500 pages, which isn’t terrible in terms of length, it felt much longer. Ultimately, I just thought there was a lot that didn’t need to be there for me personally. There was a lot of dialogue that I skimmed and it was a tad over-descriptive for me.
Overall, I really enjoyed the horror elements within this novel, but it felt dry and long-winded in between all of the dark and creepy moments. I loved the graphic imagery, both written and visual because I’m a weirdo like that. If you are looking for something dark and disturbing…in the best way possible of course, Little Heaven is the book for you!
About The Author
I live in Toronto with my fiancee and our baby boy, Nick … so, yeah, the pen name is a little bit of an honorific for my son, too; we’ll see, in time, if he thinks that was such a hot idea!
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