For 13-year-old Ronnie Day, life is full of problems: Mom and Dad have separated, his brother Tim is a constant pest, Melanie Ward either loves him or hates him, and Jesus Christ won’t stay in his heart. Plus he has to walk past the red church every day, where the Bell Monster hides with its wings and claws and livers for eyes. But the biggest problem is that Archer McFall is the new preacher at the church, and Mom wants Ronnie to attend midnight services with her. Sheriff Frank Littlefield hates the red church for a different reason. His little brother died in a freak accident at the church twenty years ago, and now Frank is starting to see his brother’s ghost. And the ghost keeps demanding, “Free me.” Now people are dying in Whispering Pines, and the murders coincide with McFall’s return.The Days, the Littlefields, and the McFalls are descendants of the original families that settled the rural Appalachian community. Those old families share a secret of betrayal and guilt, and McFall wants his congregation to prove its faith. Because he believes he is the Second Son of God, and that the cleansing of sin must be done in blood. “Sacrifice is the currency of God,” McFall preaches, and unless Frank and Ronnie stop him, everybody pays.
©2009 Scott Nicholson (P)2011 Perfect Voices
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This book is so far the worst written and narrated that I have had the displeasure of hearing.
I have been a horror fan my entire life, and I am always on the look out for a new author in the genre. Scott Nicholson is not it. The story had great potential, but it is as if the writer gave up half way through. Characters jump to conclusions and the plot is full of holes.
As for the narration, I don't believe a southern accent makes anyone appear stupid. For this book, the dialog is what makes everyone appear stupid. The narrator has just one voice for each female character, and one voice for male characters which becomes very confusing. It was a very torturous 9 hours. I kept hoping things would make sense, but it never happened.
Don't waste a credit, money, or your time. Stay far away from this one.
I dunno. Maybe I'm just a judgemental jerk. But I could not listen to the story. The narrator used the most god-awful dumber-than-pig-droppings redneck southern drawl for EVERY character. I couldnt get past that. I just could not care about any of the characters. He made them all sound so monumentally stupid. I'm not against southerners. An accent does not determine your intelligence. But when every character sounds the same, and sounds devoid of any intelligence... I cant do it. Glad I got it for free, because I deleted it 90 minutes in.
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