Books from the Backlog #173

Posted August 5, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 10 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #173Little Heaven by Nick Cutter
Published by Gallery Books on January 10, 2017
Genres: Fiction / Horror
Pages: 496
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher, Purchased
Amazon | Audible | B&N | Kobo |

A “gripping and terrifying story…and one not to be missed” (Robert McCammon) from the acclaimed author of The Troop and The Deep!

A trio of mismatched mercenaries—Micah Shughrue, Minerva Atwater, and Ebenzer Elkins, colloquially known as “the Englishman”—is hired by young Ellen Bellhaven 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, where a clandestine religious cult holds sway. But shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. There are stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—and above all else, the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust soon grip the settlement. Escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral toward madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. All present here are now forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is marshaling its power—and it wants them all…

“A slow boil of unrelenting terror and inescapable consequences. Nick Cutter ups his game every time. Beautifully written—menace drips from every page.” —Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author

“A sprawling epic that can stand alongside the best of ‘80s King, Barker, and McCammon. Fun, nasty, smart, and scary, and in all the right places.” —Paul Tremblay, acclaimed author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock

Why did I add Little Heaven to my bookshelf?

I downloaded this book from NetGalley in October 2016 and it is still on my virtual shelf waiting for me to review it. I was pretty excited about this book initially but I saw a few early reviews that weren’t exactly favorable and it got moved to the backburner. I have been working to clear out the backlog of books on my NetGalley shelves and decided to get myself a copy of the audiobook for this one so I can get to it just a little sooner. It looks like some readers did enjoy this book and I will keep my fingers crossed that I will fall into that category.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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10 responses to “Books from the Backlog #173

  1. I have quite a few books like this. Where I was excited, and as the reviews starting rolling in, I just couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to read it.

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  3. Yes, getting to that backlist on review books has been a big goal of mine, too. Hopefully, getting this one on audio will push it off the shelf sooner. 🙂 It looks good and I’m glad you saw there were mixed reviews and not all bad.

  4. I’m working on clearing out my NetGalley shelves too and wow is that a daunting task! This does look really good though – I can definitely see why you picked it up.