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The Resort by Bentley Little
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The Resort is one of those books only a writer with a loyal following like Little can get away with. Little, who is to the Southwest what Stephen King is to Maine, again sets his titular terror deep in the Arizona desert and again uses a working class family as the protagonists of this 2004 tome. Lowell Thurman and his wife Rachel are set to enjoy a well-deserved vacation with their family – teenage twins Curtis and Owen and thirteen-year-old Ryan – at an exclusive desert resort called The Reata. It’s the type of accommodations that the supermarket cashier and his family can only afford in the off-season. But what first appears to be a gleaming oasis in the mercilessly arid desert soon becomes a freakshow of depraved horrors. Like King’s haunted hotel in The Shining, The Reata is one of those malevolent lodgings that slowly gets under the skin and into the minds of its guests, taking advantage of insecurities and weaknesses until the guests slowly degenerate into full-on violence-fueled depravity.

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