Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.
When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.
But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.
I love horror movies and horror books, but a good horror book is hard to find. I don't know if this qualifies in the top ten best horror books I've read, but I do think that the ending, unfortunately, was fairly realistic in who died and who lived. When Dee, Luke, and Mike have their car break down, the only nearby town is creepily abandoned. They traverse the streets and eventually enter houses. In the houses, they find horrible ways and amounts of punishing children and living life a certain way. Eventually, they meet a boy named Joseph, who takes their lives on an awful turn.
I liked Dee's character though (for anyone who read this book) I think she's an idiot for focusing so much on Eden, Joseph's sister. There is only so much you can do to help people and many people simply do not want to be helped. Mike's volatile nature fit perfectly in with the novel. I wish Luke had been a little tougher, though I don't know if that would have mattered in the end. I absolutely hated and despised Joseph. I have a feeling other readers will echo that sentiment. The ending wasn't entirely surprising, the death toll was right on track for realistic, but the entirety of the ending seemed a little fishy.
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