The Children of Red Peak
David Young, Deacon Price, and Beth Harris live with a dark secret. As children, they survived a religious group's horrific last days at the isolated mountain Red Peak. Years later, the trauma of what they experienced never feels ...more
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"...In all endings there is a beginning."- The Children of Red Peak.
REVIEW: Thank you to NetGalley, Redhook Books, and Craig DiLouie for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book follows a group of adults who as children survived a cult's last days at an isolated mountain called Red Peak. Throughout their lives, their experience at Red Peak has caused them significant trauma and has never left them. However, when one of the adults in their group co ...more
The Children of Red Peak is told from three of the survivors’ perspectives, David, Beth, and Deacon, and jumps from the present to the past. I enjoyed David and Beth’s perspectives as they both offered two different viewpoints on the trauma. Though they all suffer from p ...more
This is a horror story written for anyone obsessed with stories about religious cults. After reading this, I realized that I only have a mild fascination with the topic so the story didn't appeal to me as much as it will for other readers.
Told over two timelines, I found both the past and present to be equally compelling. Most of the story read like general fiction, following the characters as they faced the realities and consequences of cult life. The horror elements really didn't com ...more
Thought-provoking and frightening, one leader will use abuse, fear and religion to control his flock. Years later, will delvi ...more
Three Words That Describe This Book: Beautiful, Terrifying, Religious Cults
Last sentence of draft: This is an emotionally devastating, yet ultimately hopeful horror story about trauma, the healing power of love, family, and friendship, and the unexplainable forces, with unknowable motives, that surround us all. A great choice for fans of The Only Good Ind ...more
A group of cult suicide survivors band together to try to figure out what happened to their families as kids.
I enjoyed the story of when they were children, but had a really difficult time keeping interested in their lives as adults. Each had their own story, but I didn’t feel they were developed well enough. Their time as kids in the cult were really the only parts that I found enjoya ...more
Three survivors of the religious doomsday cult, The Family of Life, meet as adults at the funeral of one of the remaining members after she commits suicide. A fifth survivor has refused to come, leaving the ...more
*a digital review copy was provided by Redhook and Hachette Book Group*
The Children of Red Peak has given me book hangover like no other book I’ve read this year; that feeling of being so utterly overwhelmed and emotionally wrecked by the events that transpired within just a few hundred pages. I finished the book in three main sittings, each one following the main acts. Each one operating as an intermission for me to come up for air. To take one more breath before taking a leap of faith.
I’m not ...more
This book surrounds the lives of David, Beth, Deacon, and Angela, who lived and survived the cult ‘The Family.’ 15 years after the Medford Mystery came to light, another member had taken her own life, forcing the rest of the group to meet again and come to terms with the horror they experienced. The four children, now adults, relive the experiences of growing up in a cult that ended in the death of every member, aside from them. Their journeys are told through alternating timelines and POVs- ...more
This character-driven horror story follows David, Deacon, Beth, Angela, and Emily. As children, they were part of a religious cult, and in its early days, when the commune centered itself around more gentle notions, the children felt safe, loved, and at home, but things take a dark, twisted turn after the cult's leader, Reverand Jeremiah Peale, tells The Family that God is ready for them to begin their ascent to Heaven ...more
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A toxic cult once lived on the Red Peak mountain. Its sudden end has always been shrouded in mystery for everyone besides the five children that survived. David, Deacon, Angela, Beth, and Emily have each found different ways to cope in their adulthood but have different memories of that fateful night. A somber event causes them to reunite around t ...more
Emily has died, she took her own life, and the story begins at her funeral. Long lost childhood friends David, Deacon, and Beth all attend her funeral, knowing exactly why Emily is gone. Having endured the same childhood trauma of belonging to the same fanatical religious cult (see, I'm reading so many cult books, it's not on purpose!) they understand the pain of existing when so many loved ones are gone, having died o ...more
The Children of Red Peak is a cult horror brilliantly written by Craig DiLouie. It is atmospheric and suspenseful. Cult horror is one of my beloved sub-genres. This novel has made a unique place for itself by adding al ...more
They survived the Family
They survived the Medford mystery at Red Peak
They survived the foster care system
They moved on
After 15 years everyone just wants to understand what actually happened at Red Peak. To do that they will have to remember. To remember they will have to go back.
This book was phenomenal. I have always been fascinated by religious cults and the stories of the survivors and this one exceeded all my expectations.
2020- After years of outrunning the past, David Young finds himself confronting it once again while attending the funeral of his childhood friend Emily. 15 years prior The Family of the Living Spirit, a religious commune led by Revered Jeremiah Peale, committed mass suicide. None of the bodies were ever found resulting in what was deemed the "Medford Mystery. Only five children: Emily, Deacon, Beth, ...more
When three of the five survivors of The Family of Life doomsday cult, meet up at the funeral of another survivor, almost 15 years after escaping the massacre/mass suicide of the entire cult. The fifth survivor chooses to keep her distance from the group, refusing to go to the funeral. The three find themselves exploring their time as children together in the Family, going over the events that led up to their final days ...more
The narrative was told from three characters’ points of view and featured alternating timelines which sometimes overlapped and often left me a bit confused. The pace was slowe ...more
The children of Red Peak were five survivors of a religious group who took their own lives in order to be “saved”. The trauma of what they experienced followed them into adulthood, and they are reunited when one of them takes her own life. Forced to revisit the horrors they experienced, the survivors make a pact to revisit Red Peak, but it doesn’t come without its challenges.
I was so enthra ...more
The story is compelling, I found it a different take on the typical "revist the cult" books that I've read in the past. I felt most of the characters were reasonably well developed, the pacing moves quickly, and I liked the perspective from all the characters. I would have liked more from Angela, but that omission was clearly by design.
I didn't love ...more
In hundreds of reviews, Craig’s novels have been praised for their strong characters, action, and gritty realism. Each book promises an exciting experience with people you’ll care about in a world that feels real.
These works have been nominated for major literary awards such as the Bram Stoker Award and ...more