Book Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Horror and I don’t have too good of a relationship. It’s not that I get scared easily, horror makes it seem like I do. Naturally, I always steered away from all things scare related, but this time was different.

I accidentally started reading a horror novel….. I like to read without checking the synopsis or genre sometimes just to get straight into it unbiased, and this time it bit me in the butt. 

My first time reading a horror novel went way better than I expected it to……even though I still got scared numerous times….

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Author: Nick Cutter

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Gallery Books

Released: January 10, 2017

Rating: Well Damn – Bruh (See Rating System/Scale)

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.

–  Goodreads

Review

I think it’s best to get the deal-breakers out the way first:

  1. Long
  2. Interest Level 
  3. Descriptive to a Fault

To keep it real, I’ve seen that a lot of people DNF this book. It’s long, so of course some people won’t have the attention span to continue on, but that’s not always the readers fault. 

It could have ended sooner if every single thing wasn’t described like it had to be hammered into you for that 40% final exam grade. It’s not that serious. I love explanations, but it did get annoying.

It was so long that readers didn’t care for what was going on anymore and straight dropped it. Honestly can’t blame them. You either like it enough to continue or you just won’t. 

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–  Goodreads Reviewers smh


Strengths

  1. Storytelling
  2. Dialogue
  3. Plot
  4. Characters
  5. Ending

These four points might keep you intrigued. The plot and storytelling can keep you immersed with all the details. Some are plain hilarious:

“Terry’s lips had been bitten away – such clean, straight teeth {…} he must have had a good dentist…”

“..blowing a window of bone out of his forehead. It looks like the box the little bird pops out of in a cuckoo clock, {She} thought in a daze of fright.”

These are the type of things you’ll hear from the characters. It can either annoy you, make you laugh, disappoint you, or all three. Nonetheless, it’s definitely a strength; the characters are defined through their dialogue to others and themselves. Makes for a great mental visual.


Recommendation

I enjoyed this book so much that I still rated it high.

Then ending was phenomenal; you just had to make it that far. The details, although annoying, made it better than what it might’ve been had Nick Cutter made it simple. 

I still strongly recommend this novel!!

 

Would you still read this novel? Tell me why or why not in the comments.

 

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