The Children of Red Peak
Author: Craig DiLouie
Plot: (Back of Book) They escaped the cult, but are they free? David Young, Deacon Price, and Beth Harris live with a dark secret. They grew up in an isolated religious community in the shadow of the mountain Red Peak, and they are among the few who survived its horrific last days. Years later, the trauma of what they experienced never feels far behind. Discovering the terrifying truth might put them on a path back to Red Peak, and escaping a second time could be almost impossible.
My Review and Thoughts:
A very haunting somewhat coming of age supernatural drama. Thick with an interpersonal struggle showcasing the horrors of 5 children and the past that has shaped them. In the present of adulthood, their adult minds are survivors of the horrors of a cult. That past shadows there present. This book is part aftermath and part flashback.
A unique odd and dramatic intriguing story.
There is an underlying darkness, a haunting atmosphere. You can sense the dread of the past, like a ghost or menace inside the memories of our 4 protagonists. It is in all reality a complete novel on religion and belief systems going to the extremes. Yet the story bleeds with a terrifying undercurrent of a supernatural monstrosity of truth.
Fantastic character's. So we'll fleshed out. Deacon and Beth I absolutely loved. Of the 4 protagonists you the reader can find some reality to relate to at least one of them. What is so amazing about the writing is, I was more thrilled and captured by the present day as if it was real and unfolding before me.
I loved the storytelling reality of flashbacks as the narrative comes to the forefront. And yet the present day bleeds like real life.
The flashbacks bring you into apart of the experience of the horrors unfolding in the lives of these children. Absolutely loved the final showdown when the truth comes.
The storyline is very disturbing and creates in itself a boogeyman like beast, and that beast is belief and how far a belief can take you to the edge of the abyss.
Dark, twisted and in my viewpoint very brilliant imagination.
Craig DiLouie knows how to create a thick story of personality and weaves a darkness that plays the mind like music keys on a piano.
Would I Return to it Again: I loved the personality of the characters of Beth and Deacon so much that it makes me want to read about them all over again.
Would I Recommend: Absolutely. A very intelligent read. Loved the mystery of it.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Four Final Words: Passionately imaginative. Strikingly poetic.