Austin secretly wishes his wife would drop dead. He even te ls a stranger in a bar, who turns out to be his new neighbor, Regina. One night he comes to find his wife dead. Soon he’s entranced with Regina, who introduces him to a world of bloodletting and magic. Can he save his daughter, and himself, before the planets align for the Devil’s Equinox?
John Everson is a staunch advocate for the culinary joys of the jalapeno and an unabashed fan of 1970s European horror cinema. He is also the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant and its two sequels, Sacrifice and Redemption, as we l as six other novels, including the erotic horror tour de force and Bram Stoker Award finalist NightWhere and the seductive backwoods tale of The Family Tree. Other novels include The Pumpkin Man, Siren, The 13th and the spider-driven Violet Eyes. Over the past 25 years, his short fiction has appeared in more than 75 magazines and anthologies and received a number of critical accolades, including frequent Honorable Mentions in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror anthology series. His story “Letting Go” was a Bram Stoker Award finalist in 2007 and “The Pumpkin Man” was included in the anthology A l American Horror: The Best of the First Decade of the 21st Century. In addition to his own twisted worlds, he has also written stories in shared universes, including The Vampire Diaries and Jonathan Maberry’s V-Wars series, as we l as for Kolchak: The Night Stalker and The Green Hornet.
I originally thought this would be a straightforward thriller, with an obvious murder and a search for justice. But it’s a much weirder, darker story. Aidan gets completely out of his depth with a Satanic cult, and loses his wife and almost his baby daughter. It’s a twisted plot, and definitely for adult readers.
Despite my ambivalence over some of the sex scenes the plot zips along and the short chapters make it an easy read.
*I was gifted this book in order to take part in this blog tour, however all opinions remain my own.