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.
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
Little Heaven by Nick Cutter is an AMAZING horror book and I will tell you right now, if you want to be creeped out and chilled to the bone, go buy the book immediately. It is amazingly written with tremendous characters and descriptions of horror that burn in your brain for hours after reading so that you’re afraid to close your eyes and see these creatures again.
While the pacing might be slow at the start, this slow start is necessary because it lays the character work down for the rest of the novel. We see how these characters tick and then we get to travel back to see what caused these abrupt transformations. Once we go back in time to the original incident, the pacing steadily increases, as does the horror.
Cutter does a tremendous job of evoking unease and fear through every word choice. The descriptions he gives are so vivid that you can picture clearly these horrific creatures and acts, and then have those images cemented with the accompanying drawings included. It is nightmare fuel. Then, just when you think things can’t get any scarier, they do in such a twisted way that simply makes sense and yet, is so profoundly disturbing, you don’t know how to move on. The ending is the most terrifying part of the book.
This is such a hard review to write because there’s so much I want to say, yet so much I can’t because readers deserve to feel the horror and unease firsthand without anyone spoiling them. I hope I’ve made it clear enough that Little Heaven by Nick Cutter is a phenomenal horror story full of suspense, a bit of gore, and genuinely frightening. Calling it as one of my favorite books already for 2017.