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So, now I am up to the 5th installment and I am even more invested in this story. I really want more information about Larkin McFall, as obviously (I don't want to give anything away), there is something seriously up with that man. The only bad thing I can really say about the book is that I am not sure I like the serial format. I just get really involved in the story, turning page after page, and then it stops and I have to wait. At least Nicholson is a fast writer because I am not a patient reader! I am sure I will have more to say as this book goes on.
Last edit: I finished the book now and as in all the Nicholson books I have read, this is just fabulous. Loved the characters, the scenes are set so well I can picture everything in my head and the whole thing was just one big creep show- just what Nicholson intended it to be. Yay! Towards the end, I had a feeling of deja vu- it so reminded me of Stephen King's Salems Lot. A little town being taken over by the bad guys and there is no escape, only a few select people seem to be immune to the impurities seeping into the town. I loved the way the story ended- not wrapped up in a pretty little package with a bow, but with some questions as to where this story could end, leaving me thinking who is really the winner here, good or evil? I was surprised by the ending, did not see it coming, so that is yet another score for Nicholson. I read a lot and it isn't easy for me to not see the ending coming.
Just a thought on the whole serial as an aside here; I realized halfway through that I am not a fan of this type of book. Just when the big plot, the big swing of momentum got going, it ends while I wait for the next part to get loaded up for me. I never caught up with that last big momentum high that I think I could have had- you know the kind, the one where you stay up way too late reading because there is no way you can sleep when those characters might do something exciting without you!
Waiting for the completed work did not disappoint me. I really liked the previous novels THE RED CHURCH and LITTLE DRUMMER BOY and had high expectations for the last (?) in this series of novels. That usually sets the poor author up for failure, but not this time. Nicholson pulls from his earlier novels and really fleshes out the characters and motivations. The pacing and plot are superbly done.
There is no requirement to read the earlier books as this one stands alone quite well, but I highly recommend that you do. Sheriff Littleton, Ronnie and David are back as well as the ghosts that haunt Pickett County in the NC Appalachians. There is something about Larkin McFall that seems evil, and I say ‘seems’ because there are scenes that will have you wondering, for example, his wish for children. A mystery to say the least. The McFalls have a very bad reputation in Pickett County going back to the ‘hanged preacher’ and a preacher who was most certainly evil. But McFall is a tempter, looking for what each person in the county most wants and somehow seeing to it that it comes to fruition. Something Ronnie battles throughout the book.
It is quite evident that Nicholson’s prose has been well honed. I zoomed through this book stopping only for the necessities and finished by morning. I was thinking ‘this is awesome!’ and then I hit the ending…and the reason I have held off writing this review, and after a week, I *still* don’t know whether I liked or hated it. At first I hated it then the more I thought about it I began to warm up to it. Your mileage may vary. Personally, I’ve got my fingers crossed that there will be more to come.
This is an excellent read and I give it 5-stars. I really hate giving 5-stars but I’ve read some really good books lately, McFALL being one of them, and I always rate what they deserve.