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Bram Stoker Award-nominated author Craig DiLouie brings a new twist to the cult horror story in a heart-pounding novel of psychological suspense.

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
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Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: November 17th 2020 by Redhook
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    Lisa
    Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: net-galley
    All the star's!
    J.D. Barker
    Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Absolutely riveting... A tapestry of past and present come together in this chilling tale of family, faith, and redemption. Craig DiLouie has a new fan.
    Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    I cannot wait to dive into my experience with this one for Cemetery Dance. Unique psychological cult horror
    Erika Lynn (shelf.inspiration)
    2 Stars

    "...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
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    Bandit
    Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This book had me at a cult. All things to do with cults hold a near magnetic fascination for me. And in that respect it certainly didn’t disappoint. The cult here is front and center and remains the most prominent feature of the novel. A peace loving Christian commune that evolves/devolves into a terrifying doomsday cult and results with its members self mutilating, dying and…disappearing. Yes, just vanishing. Dubbed The Medford Mystery after the cult’s second and most lethal location, it remain ...more
    Nadine
    Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    The Children of Red Peak is a horror novel about the survivors of a doomsday cult. When one of the survivors dies by suicide, the remaining survivors set out of discover what truly happen the last night everyone was still alive.

    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
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    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    3.0 Stars
    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
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    Dianne
    Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Craig DiLouie’s THE CHILDREN OF RED PEAK is a terrifying look into life in a religious cult where the children are the innocent victims. From memories suppressed to memories that are continual nightmares four adults attempt to cope with their pasts and one take the final escape and then there were three who will come together to finally put the ghosts of the past to rest.

    Thought-provoking and frightening, one leader will use abuse, fear and religion to control his flock. Years later, will delvi
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    Becky Spratford
    Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Review in the October 1, 2020 issue of Booklist Magazine and on the blog: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2020/09... [link lie on 9/30/20 at 7am]

    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
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    Stacy
    Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
    The Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie. Thanks to @redhook for the Arc in exchange for an honest review ⭐️⭐️

    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
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    Kathleen Minde
    Intense and character-driven, The Children of Red Peak is not a horror story in the classic sense as I expected, it is more of a psychological thriller with horrific events with a bit of paranormal. It explores the meaning, and existence, of God. It’s a slow burn that does finally catch fire.

    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
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    Adamsfall
    Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

    *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
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    Lauren
    Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    4.5

    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-
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    Michelle
    DNF @ 30% no rating

    I loved DiLouie's Suffer the Children but sadly this one just didn't do it for me. Most of that 30% I spent skimming or distracted by everything around me so it's time to call it quits.
    Anne Logan
    Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I’m getting a head start on my Halloween reading this year, and I think I’ve begun with two of the scariest books released this Fall. The Residence was a spooky ghost story I finished last week, then I dove right into The Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie. Reflecting back on this decision, I’m thinking I should have read something humorous to cleanse my palate because Red Peak was terrifying, most likely one of the scariest fiction books I’ve ever read. It’s almost as if my unease from the l ...more
    Antonella
    Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Digital copy provided for review by NetGalley and Redhook Books.

    In summary:
    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
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    Chickoutthesebooks
    Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you @NetGalley and RedHook Books for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    The Children of Red Peak will be available 10/31/2020!

    My Synopsis

    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
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    Teresa
    Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Thank you Netgalley for this ARC of The Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie.

    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
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    Christina
    Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: horror, 2020-releases
    When three survivors of The Medford Mystery, the strange case of a religious cult that all vanished fifteen years ago, are reunited by the unfortunate loss of a fellow survivor, their past traumas are brought to the surface and they must figure out what really happened at Red Peak.

    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
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    Jenn (burlingtonbibliophagist)
    Beth, David, Deacon, Emily and Angela are survivors.
    They survived the Family
    They survived the Medford mystery at Red Peak
    They survived the foster care system
    They moved on
    They survived

    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.

    Th
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    Diana
    Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
    A small community led by a charismatic leader turned from a loving group who was seeking family and a safe place for their families into something much darker and more cult like. There are just five survivors of the night the cults mass suicide and disappearance in Red Peak, Angela and her brother, David, Beth, Deacon and Emily. Three of the survivors come together at the funeral of Emily who committed suicide and shortly before her death mailed messages they cannot decipher. As the 15th anniver ...more
    Erica
    I received an ARC of this novel via NetGalley and Redhook Books in exchange for an honest review.

    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,
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    Jennifer
    Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
    *I received an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

    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
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    Paul
    Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
    This is my third DiLouie novel (One of Us and Our War) and this book was in stark contrast to those two. I found this book to be more of a series of chttps://paulspicks.blogharacter studies and not the driving horror mystery I expected to find. Granted these are interesting characters who draw you in with their internal strife, but I wanted more from this on in regards to plot… (minor spoiler) and the promise of ‘supernatural’ elements came way to late for it to really be a factor. Or there was ...more
    Leisa's
    In The Children of Red Peak, the survivors of a doomsday cult reunite to try and come to terms with the trauma they experienced as children of the cult.  While touted as a horror novel, I felt it read as general fiction for most of the narrative, and the horror elements did not appear until closer to the end of the novel.  

    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
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    Maureen Mayer
    Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This book was definitely psychological in nature, but it had both religious and paranormal aspects as well.

    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
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    Jennifer
    Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
    I'd never read anything by this author and I was pleased at how quickly I was sucked into the story. Sometimes with new authors, it can take a bit.

    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
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    Karen R.
    Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I don’t know exactly how to describe this little gem, but I loved it. Any book about cults I am all in for, but this was just a little bit more. A bit of an insight to religious zealots, making you wonder if they are onto something lol. Not going to give anything away, but thoroughly enjoyed!
    Kelley Kirby
    Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
    I thought this book would be sooo good! It started quickly then died out to a slow read with no big events to keep you interested. When i finally finished it, it was okay. I rate this book a 3.2
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