When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son – and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all… right down to the friendly cat.
But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth – more terrifying than death itself… and hideously more powerful.
Are there better horror novels out there? Probably. Have I found one yet? Not yet. Are my opinions of other horror novels jaded by the bias I hold towards this book? Absolutely!
I first read this book when I was about 12 years old and at that time…I peed my pants!
I re-read this book about a year ago and found that it still held some unsettling and horrific moments. I was still scared by this novel but in a new and more mature way.
Stephen King wrote one hell of a macabre tale. It was gritty and real and made me jump with nearly every turn of the page.
The characters were quite believable and their motivations were entirely justified (if not wisted).
This book became the pinnacle against which I gauge every other horror novel.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Stephen King or who can find enjoyment in a brilliantly written horror story.
Renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he’s being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But Brockton’s investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won’t forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton’s own guilt–and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.
This was my first foray into the genre of forensic science and I have to admit that I was quite pleased with my choice.
Jefferson Bass used a first person narrative to drive this story forward with a nice spattering of humor delivered by some very real and believable characters.
The science in this book was delivered in such a manner as to make the book interesting without the need for a secret decoder ring. I now know more about human skeletons and the decomposition of bodies than I ever thought possible.
I will definitely be making my way through the rest of this series and would recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting book from the genre of Forensic Science.