- File Size: 3727 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145150702X
- Publisher: Haunted Computer Books (July 19, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0032FPYD8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Red Church: A Supernatural Thriller (Sheriff Littlefield Books Book 1) Kindle Edition
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For twenty years, the red church has stood empty. Crumbling to ruin, it has become a site for Halloween pranks and the setting for ghost stories- including one about the thing that lives in the bell tower, a creature being blamed for a brutal murder that occurred in the church's graveyard.
Now Archer McFall has purchased the church to house his Temple of Two Sons- whose zealous worshippers will stop at nothing to see the Second Son return to his rightful glory. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'm certainly ready to read another Scott Nicholson novel.
I originally picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion, and as I type this review I see the pricing has reverted back to $3.99: you will get a heck of a lot more entertainment value than $3.99 so if you like a well-written scary novel, I highly recommend this one!
Scott's books are more along the lines of "psychological" or "super-natural" horror rather than "blood and guts" horror which is a very nice change.
This book started off quickly without a lot of "fluff" or "filler", just the beginning of a great story that made me want to keep reading.
This story is very believable, the characters are real (I lived in very small Western North Carolina town for a couple of years, and the traits his characters show is dead on), the story keeps you engaged, there are plenty of twists that you don't see coming, and best of all it makes you think and question what you believe.
Some people say this is a "Christian" or "Non-Christian" book, but to me that is not the case. The book does not try to pitch either "Christian" or "Non-Christian" view point. It is a story about people struggling with their beliefs (their faith, ghost stories, the truth about the past, etc.) and how they dealt with these conflicts. It also shows how some people could ignore/not see what was happening and chose to instead see what they wanted. Also, it spoke of the prejudice of the various "old families" and how they felt the fit into the community. All of this with 2 kids stuck in the middle of it all, trying to make sense of what was going on around them, an "outsider" trying to make sense of what was going on, and a sheriff struggling to separate fact from fiction and do what was right.
If you want a book with a compelling story-line, real characters (flaws and all), that will make you stop and think and examine what you do/don't believe, then this is a book you will want to read.
The only thing I could say negative about this book is that I was left wondering exactly what was in the hole/tunnel under the McFall house. I have an idea, but the hole/tunnel was mentioned and then ignored after that.
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The flow of the story also works well, with key events from various times in the past providing the foundations of the show down. There's a good blend of perspectives from the core characters, almost too good and that ditracts from them a little. That's a minor gripe though as they fit together well.
My only other issue is that the ending felt a bit abrupt considering the build up and also a little convenient in how it comes together. The journey to that point is fantastic though and the author has a real talent for crafting his words. On more than a few occasions I paused to re-read a line or a paragraph.
Overall it's an excellent horror read with decent pacing and well written prose. One worth checking out for fans of the genre.
Nicholson has a knack of inviting you right into the very world in which his characters live and making you believe you really are involved. The narrative is punchy and evocative and the characters very well written. I truly felt as though I too was caught up in a very scary plot. The tension builds palpably as you are swept along on a tide of real horror. But at the same time you feel great empathy for the beautifully drawn characters.
Almost poetic in parts but with a fast-paced plot that will have you anxious to know what happens upon every turn of the page, if you like King and Koontz, welcome to the next best thing!
This is a compelling read. Any story set in a place cut off or set apart, as this small mountain community is, has a feeling of claustrophobia which greatly adds to the horror. It occupies a familiar niche within the horror genre but it does it very well. I was on edge to the end to see what would happen and there were some shocks along the way. A great read for horror fans.
Would love to read more from this author.
You won't regret buying this one - I was lucky to get it as a free e-book!