Covenant is spine tingling and addictive. John Everson delivers a twisted treat that is loaded with suspense, a strong multifaceted plot, and taut characters. His words and imagery give us a firsthand feel of what it's like to reside in a small town, a place fueled by secrets and driven by fear.
Enter Joe Kiernan, a reporter for the small town of Terrel. After having worked at several fast-paced and prestigious jobs, he looks forward to the change of scenery and the quiet ways of a smaller-scale way of life - until the sad truth bites him in the ass. Stuck with low-level tasks and listening in on police radios for the latest minuscule town's perils, he questions why he bothered. One evening, things come to an abrupt change, but not necessarily for the better. Joe reveals a news story that threatens to pull the rug right out from under the tight-lipped residents. Terrel's Cliff has become the official site of a coincidental string of suicides. Each year, on May 22nd, a child jumps to his or her death. The townspeople try to pretend otherwise, but for five women it's an event that haunts their every waking moment. A pact, a twisted covenant is revealed, that was entered into over a hundred years ago as the only means of survival. But not survival for the children.
Joe digs into his own investigations, visits an eccentric seer, and tries to get to the bottom of what it is about Terrel's Cliff that compels a child to end their life without so much as a warning? And why have the people accepted it as a normal way of life?
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I found the characters in this book one dimensional. I had a hard time becoming interested in any of them . The lead character Joe....what can I say: a seasoned and disillusioned hard bitten reporter at the ripe old age of 24? Really? Sexually depraved group of women? Wanton teenager loves suicidal teenager? Regular suicides or murders for a century: no one notices or cares? Additional teenage suicides for 5 years all on or near the same day and no one wants to investigate? Demonic possession of a spelunker. Develop one story line and stick to it. The gratuitous sadistic sexual passages, so not necessary and I had a hard time figuring out what they had to do with any of this. All I wanted was for this to be over. I gave it one star because I was able to get to the end, but that was just stubbornness. If I could give the story 0 stars I would have.
Nothing by this author. I wanted a scary Halloween read - this was just a waste of time.
The narrator: the high falsetto voices for the women were obnoxious. Joe's accent what the heck was that? It sounded like a private eye wanna be. The gypsy accent, seriously dumb.
Irritation would be my most prominent reaction with the intermittent disbelief at how bad the narration and story was.
I very rarely write a review, but I couldn't let this one go. I wanted to warn any unsuspecting reader to stay away from this book. I was so excited to use the whisper sync option and so terribly disappointed with my first experience. May I have my money back please?
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