by Caitlin R Kiernan
Category: Fiction / Horror
272 pages; ISBN: 0451458583
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Chance and Deke were a couple until they and their friend Elise were so stoned they ventured to the waterworks tunnel for a grand old time. However, the fun and their relationship ended when Elise dies. Deke thinks he knows what happened to Elise, but Chance believes what she saw, two very different versions. Chance continues with her studies while Deke drinks heavily and begins to date Sadie.
A blind albino Dancy enters all their lives. She has dreamed of Chance and the waterworks tunnel for months. She claims monsters exist and that she has killed many of them. Dancy wants to enter the waterworks tunnel, knowing it is a nexus for the ancient evil gods to use as a resting-place. Deke, Sadie, and Chance refuse to believe Dancy, who enters the tunnel by herself and then vanishes. Whatever lives inside the tunnel is after the three compatriots.
THRESHOLD is an atmospheric horror novel in which the level of terror slowly rises to a boiling point leaving many in the audience thoroughly frightened. Caitlin R. Kiernan rivals Barker with the fear factor though her style is more cerebral. Genre fans that cross the THRESHOLD will want to visit the rest of the shining Kiernan library.
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