Little Heaven is my second Nick Cutter book of 2016. I read The Troop this past summer after Stephen King recommended it to me (technically, the recommendation was in a tweet but it felt like he was talking to me personally). As you can see in my full review of The Troop (go ahead and check it out, I’ll wait here till you’re finished) I was extremely impressed. After reading Little Heaven with it’s vivid storytelling, expertly managed time jumping and wonderfully odd characters, my admiration has only grown.
One of the things I especially appreciate about Little Heaven is how it effectively cuts against a common convention found in most supernatural horror novels where normal, everyday people are suddenly forced to deal with the shock of confronting events or creatures that simply shouldn’t be real. The three mercenaries at the center of this novel are anything but ordinary. Each is highly unconventional in their own way and while they certainly struggle with the extraordinary circumstances, their unusual backgrounds and personalities provide an additional layer of depth to the already quirky tale.
Overall, I enjoyed this book immensely but I had a few nitpicks too:
Despite these relatively minor concerns, Little Heaven is a truly frightening read with evil emanating from both a supernatural source and a scarily realistic character that felt like he was ripped straight from a tragic evening news headline. I strongly recommend this book to both horror and general fiction fans alike.
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