Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review | Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Little Heaven is a new horror book from Nick Cutter.


An all-new epic tale of terror and redemption set in the hinterlands of midcentury New Mexico from the acclaimed author of The Troop—which Stephen King raved “scared the hell out of me and I couldn’t put it down...old-school horror at its best.”

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers...and it wants them all.

Why did I read Little Heaven?

I'm a fan of Nick Cutter. I enjoyed both The Troop and The Deep so I look forward to reading his new releases.

The Strengths

There were some disturbing moments early on that I appreciated. (Unfortunately, Little Heaven was so consistently disturbing that it suffered from the law of diminishing returns.)

The Weaknesses

There was so much happening at all times and yet I was so bored. I couldn't connect to any of it so I didn't really care what happened to anyone.

This turned out to be a miserable read for me.

Would I recommend Little Heaven to others?

No, I wouldn't. There are great reviews out there you can seek out if you want a different perspective, but this isn't a book I will be passing along to others.

4/10: Not My Thing

Review copy provided by publisher

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13 comments:

  1. Yikes, sounds like it was a real struggle. I actually haven't seen too many reviews of this yet. Sorry you didn't like it :(

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  2. I am not alone. Yeah, I loved the Troop and Deep, but struggled with this despite loving aspects.

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    1. Nope, I struggled, too. I guess we can't love them all.

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  3. Sorry it didn't stand up to his previous books. I hate when a book has too much going on.

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  4. That's a shame! I've not read this author so perhaps this isn't the best place to start eh!
    Lynn :D

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    1. No, definitely not. :) I do love his other stuff, though, so don't count him out.

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  5. I'm in the middle of this now (well, actually more like 70%) and I would agree there is sometimes too much going on. I usually don't mind books that go back and forth between time periods but it really isn't working for me in the book. I don't know why we couldn't just start from the beginning and then progress rather than this forward and backward stuff. It has some decent elements and I'm not hating it, but I'm still undecided.

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    1. I hope you've made some more progress on it. I agree that the execution of this could have been better. It was all over the place and jam packed. I hope the ending redeems it for you.

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  6. Still awaiting my turn in line at Overdrive. Sorry you didn't love this. I wonder where I'll fall?

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    1. This does seem to be one of those love it or hate it books. I hope you love it! I have some friends who did so it's certainly possible that you will, too.

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  7. Too much intensity can be a bad thing. I couldn't finish The Troop and have been keeping an eye out to see if anything else of his catches my eye but don't think it'll be this one. :)

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