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In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark-until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

For deputy sheriff Kevin Kimb...more
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published June 8th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jason
5 Stars

This is my second Koryta novel that I have read, Cypress House was my first (I loved that one too). After finishing this novel I feel it is safe to say that Koryta is a masterful storyteller. He breathes life into his words, his settings, and his story. He creates characters that are three dimensional. They are real. They are not carbon copies or cookie cutter cutouts. Most importantly he creates a cast of characters that are memorable.

I am not going to give any spoilers away with this r...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This one was close a few times. My rating for this swung from 2 to 4 stars at different times. The book opens and there is a section that I found so annoying that I was thinking "if it goes on this way I'm putting it down". The protagonist of the book Kevin Kimble, has an obsession with Jacqueline Mathis, a prison inmate who shot him (before the book begins). Whenever the character refers to her, thinks about her, talks to her, etc. he waxes almost poetic spouting superlitives about her.

It gets...more
Naomi
Another winner by Michael Koryta..I can't believe this author is just becoming known to me as this is the third book of his I have read and absolutely love, each distinctly different...this one flows like a fine wine it is so good. It has sucked me in from the first page with its' mystery and characters. Even though this book is over 400 pages, I will read it in one day it is so good. I am now starting to go back and read others by this author that I miss and he will be an author that I follow h...more
Almeta
It was satisfying to witness the authorities interpreting the physical evidence correctly, and not, as was expected, being mislead. In other words, SMART cops, for a change.
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Although I had an inkling of what had to be the only solution to the dilemma. I didn't want it to be true.

Lions and Tigers and (view spoiler)...more
Deborah
Earlier last year, I reviewed Koryta's "Cypress House." (Please see it on my blog in 2010) It was my first introduction to his writing. I became an immediate addict...Michael Koryta is a master storyteller. He is the type of author who could have us mesmerized for hours while we waited out a hurricane! And, we'd never even know we were in the midst of one except that it would be a fitting setting for his story. I could read his books in tandem and be entertained all week without boredom.


Koryta's...more
Bobby
Every once in a while a really good supernatural book comes along with possible solutions to real threats....this is one of those times! An excellent, non-stop story that incorporates a big cat sanctuary into a devil possession tale. Not sure how Mr. Koryta did that but its quite an accomplishment. Even the character development, though not extensive, is enough to relate to the people in Blade Ridge.

The deaths over the decades have a commonality that are discovered by a "put out to pasture" news...more
Gatorman
A solid, immensely entertaining tale from Koryta, deserving of 4.5 stars. Koryta does the supernatural thing much better here than in So Cold The River. This story of a suicide, a lighthouse and the age-old secret that connects them starts off strong and doesn't let up. The mystery is engaging, the characters well-drawn and the writing top-notch. The ending does not disappoint. Not quite a 5 star read but pretty damn close. Highly recommended.
Marvin
This is a strong entry in the modern ghost story and the deal with the devil sub-genre. It took me a little while to get into it as it started out like many of the mainstream rehashed ideas that you get from the dime-a-dozen horror pulp writers. Yet Kortya can write and by about a third into it, I could see the story was not going to go the usual way. This is my first read from this author and I'm looking forward to others.
Diana
Dark and spooky, The Ridge combines flawed yet likeable characters, a creepy and mysterious setting, and a ghost story. Like So Cold The River, this book winds an entire story around a place touched by evil and the choices people make. I was riveted from page one. Highly recommended.
Miriam
My favorite Michael Koryta to date! It is a super creepy supernatural thriller set in rural Indiana where there is an inland light house and an exotic cat rescue preserve (Based on this amazing place: http://www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org/). You will be completely engrossed by this book.
William Bentrim
The Ridge by Michael Koryta

Once again, Michael Koryta takes ordinary folks and puts them in extraordinary situations fraught with danger and mystery. A lighthouse in the woods and an exotic cat rescue center draw focus on the deep woods surrounding a remote mining community with an unusual number of deaths.

Michael Koryta has the ability to bring to the printed word characters that you might know. His characterizations are detailed and clear. He paints scenarios that are vivid and emotionally ev...more
Gloria Feit
Mixing mystery with the supernatural, Michael Koryta has developed works that are eerie and fascinating, and “The Ridge” is no less than captivating. The plot is somewhat complicated, and it takes a while to follow the thread. And, of course, it requires suspension of disbelief. But it does hold the reader from start to finish.

The story involves a particular area in Kentucky where over a century or more, a series of accidents and deaths occur. In the midst of a forest, a drunkard has built a lig...more
Miles
On an isolated ridge in the Kentucky woods stands a homemade lighthouse, hundreds of miles from any substantial body of water. Local reporter Roy Darmus has always found it an amusing oddity- until he is selected as the recipient of a suicide note from its builder. Roy enters the bizarre structure to find the walls covered in maps bearing the names of the dead - including his own parents, who were killed in a car accident when he was a boy. Roy soon has a storytelling assignment more daunting th...more
Giovanni Gelati
I enjoy lighthouses, my wife even more than I. We like to visit them whenever and wherever we are. The one in this story though, no thanks we will pass on it. I am a big fan of Michael Koryta and his writing. Revisiting his detective series is something I am holding out for though, each time there is more news from his camp, I am hopeful. Okay it’s a Friday, we have a pretty hot blogtalk show to do in a little bit, let’s get to the action and then chat a little on what is between the covers:
“On...more
Tonile {My Cup and Chaucer}
Anyone who knows me well knows that I love a good scary story. Ghosts and spooky things that go bump in the night have always appealed to me, and rather than try to shut that odd side of me out, I have found that embracing it makes me infinitely happier. So it was a happy discovery when I found Michael Koryta had released a new book, The Ridge. I read The Cypress House earlier in the year and while I did like the chilling tale of the man who could see death before it arrived, I enjoyed The Ridge...more
Jeff
Unlike others who did not like this book, I have no problem with the mixing of detective and supernatural elements in a story. Koryta is a gifted writer and the story here is told well. But, I live in eastern Kentucky where this book is set and that was one of the reasons I tried to read it. Eastern Kentucky is in the heart of that region now called "Appalachia," and has a unique culture and mindset - a cross of genteel southern, Bible-belt religion, and mountain pioneer thinking. This is the ho...more
Mary Gramlich
THE RIDGE written by Michael Koryta
06/11 - Little, Brown & Company - Hardcover, 368 pages

Can you control the madness when good and evil reside in the same body?

Deputy Kevin Kimble is a good cop that keeps things going in the right direction for the fine folks of Sawyer County in eastern Kentucky. His path collides with everyone but during the latest event on Blade Ridge, nothing is as it appears and every direction he takes leads him to another mystery.

The crime scene he is called to at fir...more
Lighthearted
Why would someone build a lighthouse in the middle of the woods? A curious landmark for years, given its location in an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, the strange, pulsing light in the abandoned mining country hasn’t warranted much attention until recently. The creation of a large-cat sanctuary nearby changes things, however. Wyatt French, builder of the lighthouse, is not happy that the sanctuary will bring visitors to his neck of the woods; Audrey Clark, owner of the sanctuary, is not h...more
Clark Hallman
The Ridge by Michael Koryta is a very creative and enjoyable novel. It takes place in a rural area of the forested hills of Eastern Kentucky near a small town. Wyatt French, a long-time eccentric resident of the area, built a lighthouse on the ridge that runs through his property. The powerful light shines its beacon over the forested valley and the small river that flows through it. It also illuminates a big cat sanctuary that is adjacent to French’s property and provides a home to numerous lio...more
Lindsay
Should be 3.5. I wish I could do half-points!

This is my first novel by Michael Koryta, but it will not be my last. I'm glad I have "Cypress House" waiting, because I really enjoyed "The Ridge, and I'm eager to read more.

I loved the setting of this novel- tucked away in the Kentucky hills. I loved the melding of supernatural elements and mystery, and I loved the way Koryta paced his book. I never felt like it was dragging, and he managed to throw in at least one really good twist.

If I have a com...more
Jen
I've been a fan of Michael Koryta's almost as long as I've been reading crime fiction. When Koryta branched out to try his hand with the supernatural, I followed despite the fact that it wasn't my cup of tea. His work in this area intrigued me and captivated me, due in large part to the qualities that make him such a fabulous crime writer as well. He tells a superb story with fascinating, well-developed characters. However, when asked what my favorite work of his was, I always went back to his s...more
Stefanie
It seems to be a pattern that I'll take a day off sick to stay home and rest and then will be completely unable to sleep, so I end up spending the whole day in bed reading. I did that today and read this book pretty much in its entirety.

This is the second Michael Koryta book I've read, after Mom suggested I try his "So Cold the River." He's based in Indiana and writes about places that I have visited with my family, so I really like the local appeal. "The Ridge" is based in part on a real-life...more
Kelly Hager
I don't want to say too much about the plot because most of the fun is in learning what's happening. But it's set in Kentucky and there's a lighthouse...even though it only lights up the woods. And there's a sanctuary for lions, tigers and cougars. And there's a suicide. And things get really strange.

Oh, holy crap, this book. It's very, very creepy and unsettling. I don't think "unsettling" is even strong enough for it. But even more than that, it's also incredibly well-written.

I've read (count...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
Another super-stunner from accomplished and incredible author Michael Koryta, whose novels satisfy, inspire, enrapture, and convince readers in every aspect. Every single essential in a novel is present-and far, far more. Mr. Koryta could teach courses to aspiring novelists on the proper ways to suspend the readers’ disbelief, so that acceptance of the Supernatural comes automatically, even to readers who are usually skeptics (of which this reviewer is not one). In this novel, Mr. Koryta offers...more
Bob
If I had to have a least favorite Koryta book this would be it. What struck me right from the beginning was that I didn't really care about one of the essential aspects/characters of the book. Unlike the 3 previous books I've read by this author I was hooked almost immediately. This book took nearly half of its pages to REALLY invest me in the characters and care about the outcome. Having said that the second half of "The Ridge" was exceptional. Right on the money Koryta build-up and a more than...more
Steven
Much better than Cypress House which dragged serious in the middle with characters that you lost interest in. Michael Koryta's characters tend to be loners with lots of tragedy in their lives off on a noble quest. They are drawn into circumstances really aginst their will durected by the need to do the right thing despite the harm it may do to them. This story is no different as Sheriff Kevin Kimble is drawn into a suicide case where the victim calls him to discuss a dilemma. A quick read with c...more
Thomas Grant Bruso
Like Dean Koontz, Michael Kortya is also on my must-read list.

A supernatural tale of mystery set amid an isolated stretch of Kentucky, where a haunted lighthouse and a tiger-cat sanctuary take up shape and pull the reader into its dark labyrinth of rich storytelling. Good characterizations and well-written subplots only add to the already irresistible reading experience that Koryta has to offer with The Ridge.

The murder of lighthouse keeper, Wyatt French, is discovered close to the beginning of...more
Denise
After reading this novel (and being held in it's thrall), I have surmised that it centers primarily around life, death and the choices that we make before we die.

Ultimately and inevitably death comes for each one of us. Life=death; it's a balance. Sometimes, as in the novel, death is expected; it seems to stalk us; waiting. Other times it comes at the most inopportune time--unexpectedly and unknowingly.

Does knowing how, when, or where or the consequences of our actions, behaviors make it more...more
Ian
That leopard on the cover made me pick this book up, and the cat sanctuary angle piqued my interest in this unusual horror-thriller. In the end, the big cats in the story were quite incidental to the storyline, although they did play a part in heightening the tense atmosphere of the locale due to their sharper than human sense for the supernatural. The mystery of the killings gets the reader hooked initially as he/she reads on just to discover more about the unusual setting, but by the midpoint...more
Sheila Beaumont
An anomalous lighthouse in an isolated Kentucky forest, a mysterious suicide, a sanctuary for abused exotic wildcats, a preternatural black cougar, a ghost-devil haunting the area, eerie blue lights, inexplicable accidents and murders: All these elements make for a riveting, nearly unputdownable supernatural mystery/thriller. Michael Koryta is a wonderful storyteller and writer, not to be missed by fans of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
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Michael Koryta (pronounced ko-ree-ta)has written nine novels, praised by such authors as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane, and his most recent novel, THE PROPHET, was called "Friday Night Lights meets In Cold Blood...a flawless performance" by Kirkus. His last three novels, THE RIDGE, THE CYPRESS HOUSE, and SO COLD THE RIVER were all New York Times notable books and no...more
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