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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 8, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0054TPHG4
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In "The Ridge", old eccentric Wyatt French tends a lighthouse in an isolated part of Kentucky known as Blade Ridge--a lighthouse with no apparent purpose since there is nothing to monitor and alert in this inland forest, or is there? When Wyatt commits suicide in his beloved lighthouse, a series of photos and research are found that ultimately lead Chief Deputy Kevin Kimble and former journalist Roy Darmus into an uneasy alliance investigating the inordinate number of deaths occurring on Blade Ridge over a long period of years.
There is something strange and not quite right about that lighthouse and the troubled area surrounding it but the evilness harbored there can only be imagined. Audrey Clark is moving 67 large wild cats (lions, tigers, panthers)into a new sanctuary that she and her late husband developed near the lighthouse and the cats are quick to anonounce their unhappiness with the area, especially at night. What is out there? What is disturbing them? What prompts the largest and rarest cat of all to escape into the surrounding wilderness?
"The Ridge" is at once an enduring love story, a character study of commitment to a cause, and a tale of the supernatural. Yes, the reader does have to suspend his/her sense of disbelief to fully ride Koryta's thriller but it is well worth the effort. The people are believable, the locations are crystal clear, and the dialogue is spot on. Even some of the great cats are given personalities that will bring a smile to animal lovers out there. I highly recommend "The Ridge" as I do all of Koryta's work.
The Ridge is a good solid supernatural mystery, but I would have liked a bit more of the supernatural. Since Koryta's earlier work fell more into the mystery/investigation drama, I'm assuming that's definitely where he gets his strong points from.
We begin with a small town in Kentucky where a large cat refuge has just set up camp on Blade Ridge, next door to the town drunk who built a bizarre lighthouse on his property and has been investigating odd deaths/murders that have taken place on the ridge. A series of accidents and events, including one escaped rare black cougar, quickly set up the plot for the charactes and the reader.
We are led by Kimble, chief deputy, in love with a female inmate who shot him and who also suffered from an accident at the ridge. When some of the cat refuge workers also fall victim to strange events, and the lighthouse owner takes his life, the investigation turns to a strange blue ghost light and the dark history surrounding a trestle that overlooks the ridge. Throw in an aging reporter whose newspaper has just shut down and you've got quite a cast of interesting characters.
Like I said, the whole supernatural element is neat, but I just wanted a bit more of that after having read authors like King and Koontz. I didn't shiver like I wanted to! It was more of the mystery elements and the "who-dun-it" plotlines that really solidified Koryta as being an author I will definitely read again.
Koryta adds more oddball characters. A newspaperman who lost his job when the paper folds is the next to get a call from the owner of the lighthouse. He lets him know that he is going to end his life, but wants both the Deputy and the reporter to investigate his death.
What I liked: Koryta does a good job with the Southern Gothic but does not quite pull off the supernatural thriller part. The characters are quirky, but something is lacking because I found that despite the great premise the middle lagged and I did not really feel anything for most of them.
I will read more from this author, but he just missed it somehow with The Ridge.