From Publishers Weekly
A young woman's tussle with a malignant predator from beyond the grave drives this bold new supernatural thriller from bestseller Farris (Phantom Nights
). In the early chapters, which crackle with electrifying suspense, Chase Emrick recounts her terrifying childhood abduction by her creepy stepfather, Crow Tillman, who commits suicide and nearly takes her to the afterlife with him. Now a math student at Yale, Chase finds herself constantly fending off attacks from Crow as he distills his evil essence into a variety of menacing forms in order to reclaim her. Realizing her only hope is to beat him on his own turf, Chase debarks for the Netherworld of the dead for a final showdown. Once in the Netherworld, the narrative shifts into film-script form, an audacious but not entirely effective trick, and it nearly dissipates the story's hitherto relentless momentum. To Farris's credit, he redeems the tale with a killer ending that shows why he's still one of the most dependable writers of horror working today. (Apr.)
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Mama has been widowed for three years when she marries twice-divorced druggie and domestic abuser Crow Tillman in a casino, literally sickening her 14-year-old daughter, Chase, and throwing younger son Jimmy into a tailspin retreat to his tree house. Ten years after Crow tragically goes "off the deep end," former New Haven Divinity School student-turned-campus-cop Adam Cameron crushes big time on math grad student Chase, whom he rescues from an oncoming bus. Chase has fits of blepharospasm--dangerous, post-traumatic episodes that leave her unable to open her eyes for two or three minutes. The long-dead Crow haunts her, and that has induced her to formulate mathematical theories of unseen dimensions that control reality. When the only way to loosen Crow's hold on Chase is to battle him in the netherworld, Adam takes up the gauntlet. Veteran horror master Farris puts new readers and established fans on the edge of their seats via compelling characterization and ratcheting up the tension at every turn of a well-crafted plot. Whitney ScottCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved