"A sleeping menace is roused deep in the darkness of the forest. For decades it grows, biding its time, reaching out to tug at the ordinary lives of those living beyond the shadow of the trees. Their children begin to disappear. Unaware and unsuspecting of the danger, a group of families, friends for many years, journey to a newly opened hotel. It stands alone in a clearing a mile or more within the forest boundary. For some this will be their last reunion."
I will tell you right from the start that this is one of the finest horror novels I have ever read. There is no doubt in my mind that Alison Buck is one of the best writers of horror around today. Abiding Evil left me hanging on the edge of my chair so many times that the next time I read one of her books I may strap myself into my seat. The story drew me in from the first page and never released its grip. Even hours after putting down my Kindle I found this story playing on my mind.
The tale is told in two parts, the first of which takes us quickly through a number of years and acts as a lunch pad for the main meat of the novel. The background narrative is detailed and fully believable while at the same time setting a chill in your soul. This chilled spot only grows as the story progresses. The second part of the tale fills out with multiple characters all of whom feel as natural as the people you meet every day. You can identify with most people in the book, including the not so nice ones. Everyone’s back story and personality are fully formed and developed. Their interactions are credible and plausible, giving you the feeling that you really know their characters. The plot develops a web of suspense and tension that builds into an explosive ending.
The villain in Abiding Evil is one that will give any parent nightmares for years to come and is as memorable as all the great monsters of modern horror. Alison Buck has created an evil that just cries out for a sequel and her unlikely heroes capture your heart from the start. Everyone within that book has been fashioned with such care and attention that you quickly become emotionally involved with the storyline.
The quality of writing within this book is as good as it gets. The pacing of the plot is perfect and carries you through the story at just the right speed. I found myself hitting every major emotion there is with this book. The locations are depicted with such meticulous detail and sense of atmosphere that I feel that I was there during the horrid events of the story.
In short I could find nothing lacking in this book. I don’t know why Alison Buck’s name is not better known. If this book is anything to go by she is easily as good as Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I don’t think I can recommend this book enough. If you enjoy horror with a real fear-provoking storyline then read Abiding Evil and then recommend it to all your friends. If there was ever an author that deserved to be seen on the shelves of all the high street bookstores then it’s Alison Buck. I enjoyed it so much that I am giving it a full 5 Stars.
Reviewed by Darkiss