Thank you Craig DiLouie, NetGalley, and Redhook Books for the opportunity to read this book!
The Children of Red Peak by Craig DiLouie is a horror novel mixed with religious cultism. Beth, David, and Deacon are reunited at a funeral for their friend Emily. However, the reason for their friendship remains secretive. They are the survivors of a religious cult when they were children. They all suffer from PTSD and memories that have yet to fully be uncovered. At their reunion, they begin to reveal what they do know. And what they know is that they need to go back to Red Peak to get answers.
This book had me at horror and cult. I thought it would be more of the psychological effects that the cult had on the survivors. It wasn’t. It is more about the characters taking a really long time to decide to go back to Red Peak and then with a supernatural twist at the end. The book ultimately follows two timelines, the past, and the present. I found the past way more fascinating as it showed the days in the cult and how it ultimately devolves. It is horrific. There are moments of mutilation that are pretty descriptive. However, the present storyline added absolutely nothing to the story. It dragged on and on.
Then it all came to a point where the author made it seem like cults aren’t that bad. It was bizarre. Then that ending. Ugh. Instead of answers, they get a supernatural twist that just left me like…that’s it? So unfortunately this book was not a win for me. It also may not have been the greatest choice of a read during the 2020 election. I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, it releases November 17th.