Friday, November 6, 2020

Review: The Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie

The Children of Red Peak
by Craig DiLouie 

Publisher: Redhook
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Five young people survived a horrific day in the middle of nowhere as their parents and the adults around them died in a large religious ritual.  One of the five has committed suicide and as the remaining gather and as the fifteen anniversary is upon them, they reenter each other's lives and they decide they must confront the past in order to all possibly heal and move forward.  

Harkening back to my college days where I minored in Religious Studies, I have always had an interest in the study of religions and religious groups and how they form, how the leader emerges and how the followers find their leader and choose to follow.  Through the flashbacks in this book, I appreciated watching this group form and morph and change as their leader kept receiving "callings."  

Without spoiling too many things, I will agree with the reviews I read after I finished and say that I am very disappointed by the ending.  I didn't want a complete resolution, but I wanted more than the author gave.  I reread a few parts to make sure it wasn't me reading lazy and I just felt as though there was something missing to make the ending feel a bit more like a conclusion.  

After finishing the book, I went and looked into the author and am intrigued to see if something from his backlist could intrigue me to read more by him.  Have you read anything by him?  Where should I go from here?

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 116 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Redhook Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

No comments :

Post a Comment

Back to Top