Blog Tour + Book Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
This special Friday the 13th post comes to you as part of the blog tour for Little Heaven by Nick Cutter. This blog tour was organized by Simon and Schuster Canada and ran from January 9th to today!
ashley | I’ve been loyally reading Nick Cutter’s old school horror novels since The Troop infected me a few years ago. I’ve always enjoyed his writing and darkly depictive descriptions, not to mention his unique and often times disturbing stories. So when Simon and Schuster sent me his latest, Little Heaven, I went into preparing for the unexpected.
I thought this was a great story, I really liked the concept of three unlikely people, initially hired to kill each other, stumbling on something far worse and ultimately banding together to try to fight off that evil. The book skips between the 1960s and the 1980s telling two separate stories that interweave with each other and I’m a fan of this structure as well. I really liked the origin story from the start, learning about the characters and what brought them together.
But somewhere along the line, the book lost me. It built and built towards the climactic ending, but I don’t know if it was because it was a slow climb, but by the time I finally got there, I was just happy to wrap things up as opposed to feeling any sense of horror by the events.
That isn’t to say there was no horror felt. There were plenty of scenes which made my skin crawl, plenty of scenes that were quite disturbing and had a real sense of old school horror. A lot of the descriptions were really vivid, though Cutter did shy away from every fully describing the big bad evil that they were dealing with, instead leaving it open ended to your own imagination. I did like this, I thought it was an interesting approach, though sometimes it would have been helpful to have a little more description, if for nothing more than to avoid repetitive scenarios.
There’s a lot of different elements here and they all work really well together creating a well crafted horror book, but a lot of the creepy crawly writing reminded me of previous works of his and the ultimate evils didn’t really do much to defy stereotypical evils that you come to expect from horror books. I guess I felt a little underwhelmed in the end, but that isn’t to say it wasn’t worth the trip to get there.
january 10, 2017