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244 pages, Kindle Edition
First published June 30, 2016
Prepare to be totally creeped out!
We're in present day upstate New York when we meet Abe and Dan, both widowers who have suffered personal pain and loss. Working for the same company, the two men ultimately get together to do a little fishing; and while on the way to a new spot, Dutchman's Creek, they stop at an empty roadside diner for breakfast and meet Howard, the owner.
And oh boy....are they told one hell of a fish-horror-story about the people who had lived and worked around the stream and reservoir at Dutchman's Creek....a creek they say runs deep and dark.
Howard's tale of a time long past, which encompasses most of the novel, is filled with evil doing and the walking dead. It begins creepier than hell....lured me right in....and OMGOSH watch out for Helen! By midway though, the prose a bit heavy for my liking, I must admit I WAS READY to return to the present.
So....now at about 75%, as torrential rain continues to fall, Abe and Dan leave the diner, briefly debate the validity of the crazy story they just heard and, of course, proceed to the legendary creek of darkness and monsters....and OH what they EACH find there.
Horror lovers - do not pass this one by!
He had a lantern jaw that made him look as if he were perpetually holding something in his mouth that was too hot to swallow
Almost immediately, Jacob’s first thought—This man has a stream inside his house, too?—is replaced by another—We are not in the house, anymore—and a third—We never wereand
“You cut me. You son of a bitch.”which were like music to my (inner) ears.
This did not seem the appropriate moment to point out that I had done so in response to his effort to crush my skull with the rock he continued to hold