Book Review: Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Cover via Goodreads.
Cover via Goodreads.

A while back, while browsing through Litsy, I saw a post regarding a reviewer that had requested Nick Cutter’s Little Heaven from NetGalley. It hadn’t shown up on my radar at that point and I’d ever heard of the author, but a brief glimpse at the story’s synopsis was enough to hook me in and I requested it – and I am most definitely glad that I did.

Before I delve into my thoughts about Little Heaven, I would like to thank the publisher, the author, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Little Heaven will be available for purchase January 10, 2017 and its definitely on my wishlist for a physical copy.

Little Heaven plays host to an interesting cast of characters that range from three extremely different and unlikely heroes, to your typical, run of the mill, religious zealot. Heavily influenced by the Jonestown Massacre in some regards, I found Cutter’s book to be a delightful and fresh read, in the most fiendishly way possible.

Our “heroes” are hired by a concerned woman after her nephew is taken into Little Heaven, a religious compound run by Reverend Amos Flesher. The motley crew quickly find themselves caught up in what can only be described as a nightmare; Reverend Flesher’s obsession with his religion, coupled with an ancient evil, wrought a terrifying tale that is worth every minute I spent reading it.

I also have to admit that I was awestruck by Nick Cutter’s style of writing. If you read my blog often enough, you’re likely aware that I am no stranger to the macabre. The more gruesome, terrifying, and gore-filled a story or movie is, the happier I am. In that regard, Cutter exceeded my expectations. He paints such a vivid picture that there are times I actually found myself feeling squeamish – and that is a feat when it comes to the written word. Other times, I found myself on the verge of an anxiety attack, even if it was action driven, rather than by suspense.

The only thing I really didn’t care for was the manner in which it went back and forth between two different time periods, especially since the latter period, 1980, could probably have been largely left out of the equation – or at least implemented into a smoother transition.   The part of the story taking place in the 80s felt largely pointless to me up until the end, and even then it didn’t have as much of a “wow” factor as I had hoped for. Nonetheless, it was still an excellent read.

Little Heaven is, undoubtedly, one of my favorite books so far this year – or rather, next year if you go by the publication date. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

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