I received “The Twilight Pariah” by Jeffrey Ford in my #PageHabit quarterly book subscription box and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I give it five stars not because it was the most amazing book I have ever read but because I read it in one sitting. I had to know how it ended.
Here is the synopsis from the back of the book.
“All Maggie, Russell, and Henry wanted out of their last college vacation were to get drunk and play archaeologist in an old house in the woods outside of town. When they excavate the mansion’s outhouse they find way more than they bargained for: a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid, along with the bizarre skeleton of a horned child
Disturbing the skeleton throws each of their lives into a living hell. They feel followed wherever they go, their homes are ransacked by unknown intruders, and people they care about are brutally, horribly dismembered. The three friends awakened something, a creature that will stop at nothing to retrieve its child.”
The thing I liked about this book is that it was both creepy and funny at the same time. I mean seriously who makes an appointment with an expert on cryptozoology and the only payment they are required to bring is a single doobie? I was laughing out loud at some points in this story and looking over my shoulder at others. It was a creep fest much like the horror movies in the ’80’s where you couldn’t help but like the bad guy. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast fun read with just the right amount of creep factor. Can you imagine being on an archeological dig and find buried under decades of beer cans the skeleton of a baby with horns and a tail? I would run. These guys, they didn’t run. They brought it home. Definitely one to read this Halloween Season
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