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Last Things
by David Searcy

Category: Fiction / Horror
322 pages; ISBN: 0452284635

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Gilmore, Texas residents are becoming concerned with the weird events including the abnormal weather that seems to have engulfed the town. Scarecrows containing the rotted animals have begun to appear. When a child vanishes, the townsfolk become divided. Many believe the end of times has begun as her disappearance marks the start of the Rapture. Other feel someone more mundane and mortal is behind the events.

Loner Luther Hazlitt believes that what ever is going on has nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. A bit shook from an incident that leaves him mumbling “oh sh*t” as his nirvana, Luther, accompanied by his dog Yurang, obtains the help of Agnes Peeler. They plan to catch the culprit behind the weirdness. Deputy Sheriff Willis Beagle joins the team, but none of them know what they plan to trap.

The concept underlying the story line is brilliant and most horror fans will find refreshing. The heroic quartet are as far removed as one can get from being heroes yet are believable, making them fun charcaters. The townsfolk add depth and feel that the audience has entered a remote section of Texas. With all that going for it LAST THINGS should have been great. However, the problem is that sentences and paragraphs go on forever in a mimic of The Old Man and the Sea. Other than this quibble this is a great book.

Harriet Klausner

 

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