Welcome to Parr’s Landing, population 1,528...and shrinking.
The year is 1972. Widowed Christina Parr, her daughter Morgan, and her brother-in-law Jeremy have returned to the remote northern Ontario mining town of Parr’s Landing, the place from which Christina fled before Morgan was born, seeking refuge. Dr. Billy Lightning has also returned in search of answers to the mystery of his father’s brutal murder. All will find some part of what they seek - and more.
Built on the site of a decimated 17th-century Jesuit mission to the Ojibwa, Parr’s Landing is a town with secrets of its own buried in the caves around Bradley Lake. A 300-year-old horror slumbers there, calling out to the insane and the murderous for centuries, begging for release - an invitation that has finally been answered.
One man is following that voice, cutting a swath of violence across the country, bent on a terrible resurrection of the ancient evil, plunging the town and all its people into an endless night.
©2011 Michael Rowe (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Michael Rowe took a lot of time to interesting and original characters, and proceeded to meaninglessly kill them off. Oh sure not ALL of them died to ravenous vampires, but after the abomination of this novel's 'climax' and ending they were dead to me.
I really liked the characters he created, especially Elliot and Billy; the former a gay man loathed to face his past life, the latter a native Canadian still facing everyday racism as an established professor. But even after all that he still managed to twist the characters in a matter of minutes into acting completely outside their defined normal. Lets not even get into the 12 year old boy who spends half the story crying about his dog who ends up getting pity sex from someone who treated him as a younger brother.
I can't even really put into words how the last 20% of this book made me feel. Betrayed? Let down? Angry I even went out on a limb and bought it?
The performance was good. I enjoyed the native american (ok canadian) accent that Stillwell created. Really, his portrayal of the cast of characters was well done. I wish his talent was enough to make the book worth reading.
Overall? Don't waste your time.
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