Saturday, February 28, 2015

Consumption by Heather Herrman

4 "Evil is an ASSHOLE in a yellow slicker" Stars

Back Cover Blurb -
For fans of Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Sarah Langan comes a thrilling new vision of American horror. In Heather Herrman’s heart-pounding debut novel, evil is ready to feed—and it’s got one hell of an appetite.

In the wake of tragedy, John and Erma Scott are heading west in search of a new life. So when car trouble strands them in sleepy Cavus, Montana, they decide to stay for a while, charmed by the friendly residents and the surrounding ambiance. Here, they hope, is the healing balm that their marriage needs.

Then John and Erma find themselves in a fight not just to save their marriage, but their very lives. For this is no ordinary town. Its quiet streets conceal a dark and bloody secret that has slumbered for centuries. Now, that secret is awake . . . and it’s hungry.

Like a slow infection, evil is spreading through Cavus. Soon John and Erma—along with the local sheriff, an undocumented immigrant, a traumatized teenage girl, and an old man with terrible secrets of his own—must join together to battle an all-consuming force that has set its sights on its prey: the entire human race.
There are certain books, that while you are reading them, you wonder to yourself, “Hmmm, what the fuck am I reading??” and then there are others that you think, “WHAT.IN.THE.FUCK am I reading???”…well, for me, my feelings while reading Consumption fell right in between those two reactions…it was more of a, “Hmmm…this is weir..WHOA! What in the fucking hell??” Even though it seems like it would be a scary read, it really wasn’t for me, I wasn’t scared in the least, but I was disturbed. Very, very disturbed.

About midway through this book, I was fairly certain that I hated it, but I kept reading it because, unknown to me at the time, Ms. Herrman had planted the seed of a little sicko in my head within those first few chapters and it was morbidly curious as to what would happen next, what other atrocities would be done and it needed to know how this book would end. Imagine my surprise as well when I found myself actually fucking tearing up during reading this…TWICE! Here’s the thing, though Consumption is a profoundly disturbing tale and is filled with horrible things, beneath all the terrible and wrongness, there is a pretty beautiful lesson to be learned. Now, not everyone will walk away from this seeing some hidden meaning, hell, for all I know, there isn’t really one and my mind just conjured one up to make sense of everything that I just read (minds can be a very powerful thing!), but hidden agenda or not, I don’t think a single person can walk away from this one and not at least wonder, when it comes to the battle between good and evil, what side would you be an agent for?

This book is dark and disturbing and in some instances downright weird and for me, while reading this my moral compass was going absolutely haywire. There were a few tense moments in which I was sure lightening was going to strike me dead where I lay for reading some of the content within this book and I was uncomfortable as hell during a lot of it, but I always say, if someone is brave enough to write it, then I’ll be brave enough to read it. I was brave enough to read it. Just barely though.

Overall, this book is NOT for everyone and if you are the slightest bit squeamish about violence, death or impiety, then you need to stay away from this one, there is a healthy dose of all that and more throughout this read. If you enjoy darker reads that showcase the darker side of humanity, evil and nothing is off-limits to you, then this is your book. I have read a few Stephen King and Joe Hill novels – the KINGS (no pun intended) of dark and disturbing - and I can say that while not as dark and scary as some of the books I have read from them, Ms. Herrman’s Consumption can be thrown in with that lot and that is saying something.

Happy reading, until next time…

I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Hydra for the ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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