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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  3,883 ratings  ·  716 reviews
A trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman 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. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published January 10th 2017 by Gallery Books
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v i o l e t I'm on Part IV, Chapter 1 and I think it gets better as you go. I can't help being reminded of IT by Stephen King, though.…moreI'm on Part IV, Chapter 1 and I think it gets better as you go. I can't help being reminded of IT by Stephen King, though.(less)
Katie Pagan I think it's implied it was an abusive former boyfriend. She tells Micah she's always liked bad boys, and there were people/things who, when you stop …moreI think it's implied it was an abusive former boyfriend. She tells Micah she's always liked bad boys, and there were people/things who, when you stop fearing them, will try to make you fear them again. There's also the scene with Cyril Neeps in the glassblowing house, where it's said she'd decided she wasn't going to be afraid of men like him again. I think, based on the hints, she must have had a boyfriend whose bad side she was initially attracted to, but who began to scare her / become increasingly abusive; when she finally found the courage to stand up to him and try to leave, he decided he'd make her fear him again, and tried to burn her alive. It's a situation that's sadly definitely happened before, abusive men lighting their exes on fire. From what I gathered, Ellen survived an attack like this, and was fortunately able to rebuild her life.(less)

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May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
You could not outrun your past. Your history was a lonely hound pursuing you over field and fallow, never resting, always hungry, tracking you relentlessly until one night you heard its nails scratching at your door.

just as i curse my taste buds for preventing me from enjoying the rich and varied world of olives, i curse my reading taste buds for preventing me from liking lovecraft and all books written in the lovecraftian tradition, which is also rich and varied and includes this book right her
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even insects can scream.

The little aphid did, as it toiled in the root system of a cactus plant.  While the aphid fed on the sugars deposited in the roots, something else curled up from the blackest recesses of the earth and slipped inside the aphids body.
The aphid left the cactus roots, through the loose packed sand where it encountered a honey ant which fed on the honeydew that aphids produce and whatever had got inside the aphid now slipped silently into the ant.  
This was how it began.

A tri
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“How many of us truly know the beat of our hidden hearts?”

What happened??????? Maybe I don’t speak Canadian . . . .

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I pulled a real Ron 2.0 and read this over a month ago without ever summing up my feelings. I thought dragging my feet would work to my benefit, but I’m still the first effing person to post a review. Now I realize it’s time to rip off the Band-Aid and just puke it all out here.

I was soooooooooooooooooooooooo exci
Little Heaven is an extraordinary story! That doesn't mean it was a perfect story, but it was fun.

I'll refrain from going too deeply into the plot, but I will give a brief summary so I can talk about the few things that bothered me. Three bounty hunters meet up in the 60's, (and again some years later), and agree to help a woman check on her nephew, who had been taken by her brother-in-law to an isolated spot in the mountains. This spot being where the cult known as Little Heaven is located.
Sadie Hartmann
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Well, what a surprising read this was--surprising on multiple levels, actually.
For the first 200+ pages, this book didn't even *feel* like a Nick Cutter book to me. I have previously read The Deep and the The Troop and this book didn't have the same or even similar narration style or pace at all. There were a few moments; scenes where I thought, "Oh! There's Cutter!" but overall it was just an engaging story with no real sense of horror (or let's be honest: stomach churning,
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ya' know what? I wasn't even going to review this book. I had won it in a goodreads giveaway, but as is often the case, when I win the "real" book, I also buy it when it becomes available on my amazon, kindle. I finished this book, and in my head I was high fiving and saying "shit yeah" I bought the damn book, so I don't need to review it. Well...turns out that this is a fairly awesome story. It stuck with me. It had a certain grotesqueness at times that was reminiscent of Clive Barker. Nick Cut ...more
Johann (jobis89)
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The black rock stood within itself, brooding and implacable. It waited as it always had. For that wheel to come round again."

A trio of mismatched mercenaries are hired by Ellen Bellhaven to check in on her nephew, who has been whisked away to join a backwoods settlement in New Mexico called Little Heaven. Ellen joins the mercenaries, Micah, Minerva and Eb, as they venture out on their mission. However, as they get close to the settlement, things start to turn a little.... ominous. Full of downt
Edward Lorn
DNF @ 15%.

I just don't care about anything going on in this book. It's taken me a month and a half to get to fifteen percent. This makes me sad, so I'm moving on. There are other books waiting on me.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
You cannot outfox the devil. You may be able to stay his approach if you’re lucky and a little crazy, but in the end, his black eye will ferret you out.

How can you kill something that is already dead? Our three bounty hunters are going to find the answer soon enough. They are hired by a woman to find her nephew who has been taken to a remote settlement called Little Heaven. The place is anything but blissful and divine.

Little Heaven was revoltingly and nauseatingly good.
If you want to go on a
Mogsy (MMOGC)
2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Believe me, no one is more surprised than I am at my rating. I wanted to like Little Heaven so much, not only because it sounded so intriguing but also because I am a fan of Cutter’s The Troop. However, his newest novel simply did not appeal to me in the same way, despite it feeling like the next step for the author and the story being well put-together.

The book opens with an introduction to a trio of rough mercenaries who
Erin Clemence
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
“Little Heaven” by Nick Cutter will remind you of 1980s Stephen King (or 90s for me, since I didn’t read his novels until then), such as “It” or “Pet Sematary”. In fact, Cutter writes so similarly to Stephen King that if each author’s books were splayed side by side, it would take some keen investigating skills to differentiate and identify the two. It is very obvious that Cutter was influenced by King; even if the author didn’t admit it himself (which he does, often), any fan of King’s would ea ...more
Ashley Daviau
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading two of Cutter’s books and being absolutely floored by both, I think it’s safe to say that he is a true master at his craft. Little Heaven is a spectacular novel, it’s insidious evil just mounts the whole way through and it’s bloody fabulous! Normally when I’m really loving a book I devour it in no time but with this one I found myself purposely slowing my reading down so I could really savour each moment and wrap my brain around all the gruesome and devilish details. This really is ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
DNF @ 45%

Unfortunately Little Heaven turned out to be just not a book for me. This one gets off to an incredibly slow start that I had to force myself to continue reading. The actual plot described in the synopsis really doesn't even start until 25-30% into the book with the beginning of the story being sort of a mashed up type of character building that I kept struggling to make sense of.

By the time the actual plot that I thought I was getting with this read began it really was just unfortunat
Mar 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
Recommended to megs_bookrack by: Gatorman
This sounds like solid 'shelter in place' reading!

Hoping to finally pick this up soon. I am hearing nothing but great things!!!
Leah Polcar

You know, I didn't love The Troop and I am 100% not a Nick Cutter Fangurrrl. However, the premise of this book intrigued me and it wasn't as if The Troop was bad, I just didn't find it to be the genre-redefining-blasting-Stephen-King-out-of-the-park-amazing-adventure-ride everyone else thought it was. Nonetheless, here's the premise (how cool is this?):

Three bounty hunters (yes, bounty hunters) meet in the 1960s. Stuff ensues, but besides their differences, including one actively aiming to ki
Erin Dunn
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it

Thank you to Gallery Books for providing a free copy of Little Heaven in exchange for an honest review!

Let me start off this review by saying that Little Heaven was my most anticipated release of 2017. I absolutely LOVE The Troop and The Deep by this author. So that is why I am sad to say that I liked this one, but I didn't LOVE it. I can't help but feel a tad bit of disappointment. Little Heaven is so close to being a spectacular and epic book, but it was
Michael Sorbello
Micah Shughrue, Minerva Atwater, and Ebenzer Elkins are three eccentric mercenaries hired by Ellen Bellhaven for a deceptively simple task; check in on her nephew Nathan. Ellen suspects that Nathan may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven, where a clandestine religious cult holds sway. When the three mercenaries show up at Little Heaven, it doesn't take long for them to realize that the name of the place is incredibly misleading. All o ...more
Michael Hicks
If Stephen King's Under the Dome felt like a Greatest Hits rehash of of his own earlier, better books, then Nick Cutter's Little Heaven is a tribute cover band rendition of several of King's biggest moments.

They say imitation is flattery, and if that's the case, ol' Stevie has to be wearing a big, walloping grin on his face. Cutter has clearly, to say the least, been influenced by the King of Horror, and Little Heaven borrows liberally from titles like IT and The Gunslinger saga. The climax alo
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Meet Minerva, Ebenezer and Micah. Doing a favor for Ellen, to take her to her nephew who seems to have disappeared to a place called Little Heaven. Enter Cutter to weave this horror tale for you.

Opening was great - Cutter has such a way with detailing that leaves you cringing and I'm fairly certain my face IS going to freeze like that after 486 pages. He's especially good at detailing insects and critters in a way that keeps my skin crawling for days after putting down one of his novels. I thin
Little Heaven is the first Nick Cutter book I have read and it won't be my last. I was pleasantly surprised at how Little Heaven brought me back to my youth and 80's horror fiction and how much I miss those old familiar books. There were a few places that I found my attention wandering but overall I quite I enjoyed the story and the path it took. Anyone who is a fan of 80's horror and Stephen King will want to read this book.

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, canadian
Little Heaven is destined to be a horror classic, right up there with the vintage epics of King, Simmons, and McCammon. Seriously, it's that good. As much as I enjoyed the horrifying darkness of The Troop and The Deep, Nick Cutter takes his craft to a whole other level here, establishing a cast of characters who are wholly worthy of the story's grotesque terror.

The story wastes no time getting to the dark stuff, opening with the creation of a monstrous abomination, and following through to its a
3.5 stars

LITTLE HEAVEN, by Nick Cutter is a book that had all of the things that I generally love in a horror story: gore, supernatural, dark comedy (the three "heroes"), and action. So why the 3.5 star rating then?

Aside from the very beginning, the first quarter or so is mostly the background of some of the characters. This was necessary to know, but I honestly feel that if it had been spread out a bit more, or even written in a more "engaging" style, it would have helped the story to flow bett
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved Nick Cutter's The Deep and so was pretty excited when Netgalley approved me for this one. While Nick Cutter is a talented writer however, I found this book to be nothing special in terms of storyline.

A trio of mercenaries are hired by a woman to simply go to a religious group living in the middle of nowhere to check on her nephew. But there is something else lurking in the woods surrounding the camp, and the residents live in fear. Something that doesn't want them to leave.

If you enjoyed
Jon Recluse
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Three mercenaries, thrown together by Fate, are hired to check on a young boy who may be being held against his will by a religious cult in a remote New Mexican commune known as "Little Heaven".
What they find has very little to do with the divine, as an ancient evil lurks in the dark woods around Little evil that both surprised and delighted this jaded old horror fan.
Against a backdrop painted in many shades of human evil, from hired killers to religious fanaticism, Cutter strips the
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since the release of THE TROOP, Nick Cutter (aka Craig Davidson) has been up there with the best of the current horror novelists. I mean, how could he not be? The guy certainly is capable of delivering the goods. So it comes as no surprise that his latest is no different. LITTLE HEAVEN (Gallery Books) tells the tale of a trio of renegades who unite to fight evil which comes in many different shapes and forms. The setting: an isolated backwoods compound where the work of a cult leader ends u ...more
Cody | CodysBookshelf
May 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I'm going to keep this one short and sweet, as I don't care to linger on Little Heaven any more than I have to.

In essence, this novel fails in virtually every way. It's a horror story that didn't scare me in the slightest. It's a character-driven tale in which none of the characters were developed enough for me to give a solitary flying fuck about any of them. It's unclear what this book wants to be: an old school monster story; a long epic about religious fanaticism; a coming of age story. It
Jun 20, 2016 rated it liked it

*Disclaimer* An ARC of Little Heaven was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review as part of the Dark Side Read blog tour. This does not effect my review in any way.


“There is an old saying that goes: Evil never dies; it merely sleeps. And when that evil awakes, it does so soundlessly–or almost so.”

While Little Heaven was my first experience with a novel by Nick Cutter, I’ve had his other books, The Troop & The Deep, on my to-read list for quite some time now.
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I did a small happy dance when I finished this book (who am I kidding, I was thrilled) but not for the obvious reasons. I did the dance basically because I was done. This book had such promise. I own "The Troop" and "The Deep" and after hearing such good things about them, I probably should have started my Cutter experience there. "Little Heaven" reminded me of a lot of things. It was slightly reminiscent of Stephen King (in character development and in that the setting of the book was almost a ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
It's hard to believe after two stunning novels of horror from Nick Cutter in the last few years but Little Heaven is a major disappointment. Cutter has carved himself a splendid little niche of visceral thrills with The Troop and The Deep but Little Heaven pales next to them. It's a little hard to figure out why since it does have the required amount of scares and body horror that the author is known for. Let's see if we can.

The first thing that stands out in Cutter's first two books is that the
Rachel Bea
4.5 stars

"Little Heaven" is creepy, exciting, gruesome, and dark. I admit that it took a little bit for me to get really into the story, but once the characters were all established and I got a better sense of what was going on, I fell in love and didn't want to put the book down. At times the imagery got repetitive, but it was written SO well. Everything was described in such a way that I felt like I was there with the characters. From what the violence looked and smelled like, to how the monst
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