Sunday, October 14, 2012
"From this valley they say you are going...just remember the Red River Valley
R. L. Stine is a household name to teen horror genre and his "Fear Street" is the best selling horror series of all time.
With "Red Rain," he moves into the adult horror genre and continues to give his readers edge of seat suspense.
Travel writer Lea Sutter is at a small island off South Carolina, Cape Le Chat Noir. Her husband, Mark, is at a book signing on Long Island.
Lea is a blogger and through her postings, the reader views her thoughts. "Here I am on the island everyone calls mysterious and dangerous."
Lea meets an island resident named Marguerite who reveals that in 1935, before hurricane's were given names, there was a tremendous storm that left many dead on the island. However, it was only later that the nightmare took place.
The island returned to normal soon after the storm because the "old dead-those of centuries past-returned to help build the island again." These undead had no eyes, rotting flesh, bones that were yellow and broken, floated up from rain filled graves and went to work.
Just as shocking, the dead enjoyed the sunlight and it made them look almost normal. They blended in and remained roaming the island.
Lea is flabbergasted by this information and shocked further to learn that a new hurricane, Ernesto, is heading to the island. The storm is truly terrible and when it ends, she meets two twelve-year-old twin boys, who seemed to have survived the storm but tell her that their parents did not. In a compassionate move, she brings the boys back to Long Island, processing adoption papers as she goes.
This is a well written, nail biting horror novel with characters who are powerful, scary and frightening because we aren't sure who is undead.
The story is a quick and enjoyable read. The author provides a surprise ending that will make the reader recall such classics of horror as "Rosemary's Baby" and some of the Stephen King horror stories.
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