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Book Review: Little Heaven by Nick CutterTuesday, January 10, 2017
When I read the description of Nick Cutter's Little Heaven , I knew I wanted to read it right away. Before reading the novel, I ha...
When I read the description of Nick Cutter's Little Heaven, I knew I wanted to read it right away. Before reading the novel, I had never heard of Cutter and was surprised by the fabulous reviews he'd received from big-name authors like Stephen King. Little Heaven is the first book I've ever read electronically, so while that took a little getting adjusted to, I got through the book fairly quickly. I was immediately intrigued in the book from page one, and the reason I wasn't able to read it faster than I did is because the book had me pretty terrified throughout.
The novel is set in two time periods - the mid-60s, and 1980- and is divided into eight parts, plus an epilogue. Since the novel is divided into parts, it makes it easier to jump between the time periods. The book begins with Petty Shughrue being abducted by a monster of a sort in 1980. Her father, Micah, goes on a mission to get her back, along with the help from his friends (acquaintances?) Minny and Eb. Monny, Eb, and Micah had come across a religious compound, Little Heaven, in 1965, where terrible things happened while they were there. Micah's sure this is where the monster has taken Petty, so the three of them journey out to find her.
Most of the novel took place in the 1960s, with only short sections for the 1980 portions of the book. I was a little surprised by that. I thought there would be more focus on the 1980 journey, but I suppose it made sense because the 1980 segment takes place over a few days or weeks, while the 1960s portion is over a few years.
There were a few things within the book that bothered me, but nothing major. In fact, the only thing I can remember really sticking out is that within a chapter, there would be some jumping around from a scenario to a couple hours or so before, and that was a little confusing. I would have to go back and re-read a few pages thinking I missed something. But the story really makes up for any confusing details.
I was impressed with Cutter's detail, and this book seriously had me jumping at the tiniest noises or thinking I was seeing things out of the corner of my eye. Reminiscent of Stephen King, Cutter's Little Heaven was a great read, and I really enjoyed it.
Have you read anything by Nick Cutter? What were your thoughts?
I received a digital copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.