This is actually the first Koryta book I’ve read and it will not be the last.
The story is set in a small town in the mountains of Kentucky where a ligThis is actually the first Koryta book I’ve read and it will not be the last.
The story is set in a small town in the mountains of Kentucky where a lighthouse sits on Blade Ridge, far from any large bodies of water. Its owner, Wyatt French, the town drunk, uses the lighthouse to ward off an evil supernatural force that, in the form of a floating blue light, bends the will of its chosen victims.
At the same time, a large wild cat refuge is established by Audrey Clark just across the road from the lighthouse. The first night in their new home, the cats sense the evil and it stirs them into agitation.
The story begins when French commits suicide but as the town’s chief deputy, Kevin Kimble, begins to investigate, he learns that French had, for years, been doing his own investigation into a series of odd accidents and murders that had happened at the Ridge over the last century.
Kimble, building his investigation on French’s work, contacts Roy Darmus, a local aging journalist whose newspaper has just shut down, to assist by researching the dark history of the town and the ridge.
In the middle of it all, there are more accidents and murders at the Ridge, including at the new cat refuge. There is also a one-sided love affair between Kimble and a female inmate, who previously also had an accident at the Ridge and then later shot Kimble, an escaped rare black cougar, and the floating blue light that can only be seen at night.
The book is a good combination of detective fiction and supernatural horror but I would have liked more depth to the ghost story aspect. Even so, it is tightly written with well-developed characters, an interesting setting and plenty of unexpected twists and turns. If you’re looking for a read that’s on the not so complex side, I would recommend this novel....more
This book for me was one of those which failed to deliver. I tried twice to read it and both times failed because it was not compelling. The second tiThis book for me was one of those which failed to deliver. I tried twice to read it and both times failed because it was not compelling. The second time I actually made it past page 110 but then I put it down and had no desire to pick it back up.
I'll admit the descriptions were superb (hence the two stars instead of one) but the characterization was terrible. I found myself not caring about the characters and what happened to them.
I understand this is historical fiction and there is the desire to remain true to actual events. However, readers can still be given something and someone to cheer about and to root for instead of a book of descriptions that keeps our emotions flat.
I finished this series today and I'm a little sad because this was the last one. The ending tied everything up well yet left openings of more books toI finished this series today and I'm a little sad because this was the last one. The ending tied everything up well yet left openings of more books to come, although the author is now working on a different series. I really hope at some point she comes back to this one....more