Ugh. I almost don’t want to review this book because the cover image is so creepy. Christian me is clutching my holy pearls at the obviously satanic image on my blog and wondering if it will somehow infiltrate my life through my Chromebook.
But I already read the book so I guess any potential damage has been done. But STILL. Her eyes…blech!
I decided to give this one a go, despite the obvious danger to my soul, because I had read (and liked) another Hart novella, “And the Sea Called her Name.”
Much like the last book, Hart creates a creepy setting, but this time it’s in the 1930’s in Rath, Minnesota. We’ve got a small dusty town, where all the kids attend school in a single schoolhouse, and farming is the livelihood of many. We hear the story as a retelling from a man who was in love with Sara May, seventy years ago. As a teen boy, Lane’s simplest pleasure was getting a Coke at the local store. Things started to get more exciting for him when the father of his crush hired him and a friend to clear some land for planting. But Lane’s life was complicated by sinister events that, at first, he wondered if he was just imagining. But when people around him also started experiencing strange things, it was only a matter of time before Lane found himself participating in an exorcism.
What I like about this book is the mood Hart is able to create, and so quickly. I can richly imagine the setting, and there is an undertone to his writing that is just a little bit unsettling. Because this book is so short, the events that occur aren’t too spread apart and it packs enough excitement and suspense to keep me reading, and wanting more.
And I’m confident my soul stayed intact after it all was over. Pretty sure at least…
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