We are off to a great start with the #23in23 book challenge! This one has been on the TBR since 2020 and I’m really happy I started with it – a couple other Bookstagrammers that I love recommended it.
A thank you to Redhook Books for the gifted copy back in late 2019/early 2020 in exchange for my honest review
THE CHILDREN OF RED PEAK – Craig DiLouie (Released November 17, 2020)
Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Craig DiLouie brings a new twist to the cult horror story in a heart-pounding novel of psychological suspense.
David Young, Deacon Price, and Beth Harris live with a dark secret. As children, they survived a religious group’s horrific last days at the isolated mountain Red Peak. Years later, the trauma of what they experienced never feels far behind.
When a fellow survivor commits suicide, they finally reunite and share their stories. Long-repressed memories surface, defying understanding and belief. Why did their families go down such a dark road? What really happened on that final night?
The answers lie buried at Red Peak. But truth has a price, and escaping a second time may demand the ultimate sacrifice.
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars
There’s just something that will always make me grab a book about cults. Add in some horror elements? Well, I’m sold! THE CHILDREN OF RED PEAK was my introduction to Craig DiLouie and I’m so happy that I have more of his books waiting on my shelf at home for me. I’ve had this book on my TBR for a few years now and a couple other Bookstagrammers had highly recommended it, so I figured it was finally time. Despite there being many books about cults out there, I’m always amazed at how authors can make each one their own. Even if they’re inspired by actual cults, there are still enough changes or characteristics that help them become unique to the book. I love them all and want more books on these topics.
This book was a little slower in the beginning but it was never boring – so don’t let that turn you away from it! The tension was slower building but the pacing for the story was just where it needed to be to keep you strung along. If you’re hoping for some fast-paced cult thriller, then you’ll probably be a little disappointed with it. However, I thought that the build up was so worth holding out until the end, because it was incredible. There are some truly disturbing and sinister things that happened in this doomsday cult and parts will linger in your mind long after closing the book. Now, I’m off to add more DiLouie to the TBR!