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The Children of Red Peak

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  92 reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 17th 2020 by Redhook
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Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
All the star's! ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I know I have quite a few friends who love a book involving a cult. I have one right here. This is also the perfect atmospheric read for the transition between fall and winter. The author, Craig DiLouie, is a Bram Stoker Award nominee.

David, Deacon, and Beth are survivors of a religious group’s final days living on Red Peak, a remote mountain. They were children at the time, and a lifetime later, the trauma has left its mark.

Another survivor passes away, causing the three to reunite. When they d
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.
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.
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
Sadie Hartmann
I cannot wait to dive into my experience with this one for Cemetery Dance. Unique psychological cult horror
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
Cult, the atonement of sins and sacrifice. The ultimate act of faith committed by an entire community who followed their Reverend to cross over to be with God and only 5 children survived to tell about that awful night.

It’s been 15 years, and those five children, now all adults, are down to just four. They all received the same letter: I couldn’t fight it anymore. Sweet Emily took her life.

They haven’t seen each other in years. Not since their time in group therapy after the incident until e
Amanda Hupe
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads, netgalley
Thank you Craig DiLouie, NetGalley, and Redhook Books for the opportunity to read this book!

The Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie is a horror novel mixed with religious cultism. Beth, David, and Deacon are reunited at a funeral for their friend Emily. However, the reason for their friendship remains secretive. They are the survivors of a religious cult when they were children. They all suffer from PTSD and memories that have yet to fully be uncovered. At their reunion, they begin to reveal w
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
Kathryn in FL
This story will haunt you long after you finish.
It is very consistent with my own experiences being raised in a cult.
I find it more than ironic that the group who I ran from still harasses me to the point, that among the many things they hack, they removed my original review...
How is that for true to life!
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
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
Lisa Wolf
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers, horror, trauma
Reading The Children of Red Peak gave me serious chills — but I’m not sure whether this story needed the horror/supernatural element to have that effect. How can a story about childhood survivors of a death cult be anything but horrifying?

In The Children of Red Peak, we meet the three main characters — David, Beth, and Deacon, at the funeral of their childhood friend, Emily. Emily has committed suicide, leaving a note that says simply “I couldn’t fight it anymore”.

Fifteen years earlier, these fo
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
Michael Hicks
The Children of Red Peak is one of those books whose premise offers up a lot of tantalizing potential and demands your attention, but which ultimately fails to fully live up to expectations. Branded as "Heaven's Gate by way of Stephen King's IT" in author Peter Clines's blurb, I was fully expecting Craig DiLouie's latest to captivate and excite me. I mean, CULTS! Religious Terror! Ritualistic human sacrifice and group massacres! Unfortunately, while certain aspects of the story and execution wor ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: DiLouie explores the emotional aftermath of surviving a doomsday cult in his latest, a dark and atmospheric tale steeped in mystery.

The Children of Red Peak is my third Craig DiLouie book, and once again I’m in awe of his storytelling skills and the way he is able to evoke emotions. DiLouie tends to choose dark topics for
Becky Spratford
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review in the October 1, 2020 issue of Booklist Magazine and on the blog: [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
Brandy {The Review Booth}
Children of Red Peak was a slow burn story, and you unearth what happened to the Family from the survivor’s memories as they do. Given what the children went through leading up to the last days at Red Peak, I can see why they spent their entire lives trying to have any semblance of normalcy in their lives with varying degrees of success. While the story itself was interesting, had good pacing, and kept my interest, it lacked that spark for me. I’m undecided on how I feel about the ending – it fe ...more
This is my first Craig DiLouie book and it definitely won't be my last.. I know it sounds wrong to say I enjoyed a book about a doomsday death cult....but I really did. I was riveted. The Children of Red Peak is a mystery that evolves into a bit of a horror novel. It bounces back and forth between present day and fifteen years prior when the "cult events" took place.

This story follows three main characters, David, Deacon and Beth. They each survived the suicide/death pact of the cult, along with
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and RedHook for the chance to read the eARC of this!

The Children of Red Peak is about child survivors of a cult, reunited years later after one of their friends commits suicide. After meeting up at the funeral, and sharing stories, memories start to resurface and they all begin to question what really happened that night that everything fell apart - what happened to their families?

The Children of Red Peak has two timelines, the present day where the characters reunite, and l
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The hardest thing about escaping a cult wasn’t leaving but making sure it had left you."

I really loved this book almost all the way through (even though I'm not usually a big fan of books about cults). But, for me, the ending was not good. Some people will be okay with it but, for me, it was too ambiguous.

The story focuses on five adults in 2020 that lived through a mysterious mass death cult experience in 2005. Now one of the members decides they can't go on anymore and that triggers the group
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
Steve Stred
First off, huge thanks to Netgalley, Redhook the publisher and Craig DiLouie for approving me for a digital ARC of 'The Children of Red Peak.' I would've had this read and reviewed by release date, but I didn't find this until late last week after seeing Michael Patrick Hicks post that he was reading it. I hit request, believing whole-heartedly I wouldn't get approved with the release date looming, but thank you for the approval.


I absolutely loved
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Ann Reinking
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, who doesn’t like a good doomsday cult novel, right?
Chris Patrick Carolan
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Leisure reading time is rather hard for me to come by right now, so whenever I start a new book I want to be sure it’s one I’ll like. Well, as sure as one can be about such things, anyway. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Craig DiLouie’s earlier books ONE OF US and OUR WAR, his latest novel THE CHILDREN OF RED PEAK was among my most anticipated releases of 2020. Classified as Horror, this is a book that defied genre tropes and explores the darker aspects of human nature, both in groups and in ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘All those years ago, five children survived. Now there were four’

American-Canadian author/journalist/educator Craig DiLouie has published many novels in the genres of thriller, apocalyptic horror and sci-fi fantasy fiction, winning myriad awards and securing a wide audience. One area of focus in which he excels is his uncanny ability to create novels about the causes, impact, and devastation of war and other human foibles. His insight into the impact of cults, though depicted as fiction, is as
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
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I went back and forth on how I felt about this novel. There were moments when I was really loving it and others when I was wholly unimpressed.

The book is about the adult survivors of a fanatic religious cult that committed mass suicide many years earlier, while the main characters were still kids. Three of the five survivors are reunited at the funeral of another, who chose to end her own life. They talk about returning to Red Peak for closure. Can they really go back to such cursed grounds and
Luanne Ollivier
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Craig DiLouie is a new to me author. His latest book is The Children of Red Peak.

Five children survived a religious group’s last days at the mountain top of Red Peak. Everyone else 'drank the kool aid.' The five are now adults who have not kept in touch over the last fifteen years. When one of the five takes her own life, they finally reconnect. There are unanswered questions, fractured memories and no sense of closure in their lives. Will they climb to the mountain top one last time for ans
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