I grew up reading horror novels. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Peter Straub - they were my constant companions. Now, some twenty to thirty years later there is a new generation of horror and Christopher Rice continues his rightful place as the cream of the crop with The Heavens Rise .
The novel takes place in Louisiana and centers around a group of three friends, Niquette, Anthem, and Ben and a creepy loner named Marshall.
Niquette and her family disappear after a car crash, leaving Ben and Anthem alone. Ben and Anthem struggle to move on - Ben without one of his very best friends and Anthem without his lover. Then as Marshall comes out of his coma (from crashing through a glass window), small birds begin dying gruesome deaths outside his hospital window and so it begins.
I hesitate to say more because like all good horror books - a lot happens. Creepy and gruesome. The characters are well formed, not just vehicles to carry along the plot. The dialog is perfect.
Rice blends horror, good old bayou mystery, and a coming of age tale into a wonderful novel. I devoured it in a couple of days, finding time to read every chance I could.
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