Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Little Heaven by Nick CutterLittle Heaven by Nick Cutter
Published by Gallery Books on January 10th 2017
Genres: Horror
Pages: 496
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

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.

Little Heaven is a weird weird book, following a group of mercenaries who for reasons that are not made particularly clear – and which soon become largely irrelevant – are sucked into the creepy world of a Jim Jones-like religious cult deep in the woods. Little Heaven is the name of the religious haven, which provides residents with relative safety from monsters who live in the woods around the encampment, and from the evils of the ordinary world.

I had heard good things about Cutter’s earlier book The Troop, and was interested in the premise of this novel, however I found that I quickly grew tired of it. This is a near-500 page book that covers a long period of time, not to mention that it jumps around seemingly at will.

As I said earlier, the mercenaries quickly melt into the milieu of the cult environment. They seem to lose all connection to their original purpose in going to the encampment in the first place, and I really just stopped caring. If I was not reading this book for the purposes of review I think I would have abandoned it before the end.

The opening of the book was interesting enough, and wherever the characters were facing off with the creature, or creatures, the action was certainly interesting and tense. And the main human bad guy – the religious leader – was both creepy and powerful with the control he has over the community.

I’m not a big reader of horror, but this book just didn’t do anything for me. I found the time jumps extremely distracting, and never really learned enough about the individual characters to invest in them emotionally. Fans of Nick Cutter’s other work might be interested, but I don’t rate it as high quality fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: two-stars

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