“Desert Places (Andrew Z. Thomas/ Luther Kite Series #1) by Blake Crouch
Publisher’s Synopsis: Novelist Andrew Thomas finds his peaceful life transformed into a nightmare by a mysterious killer who has framed him for the murder of a young woman whose body is buried on his property, covered in Andrew’s blood, and who threatens to turn Andrew over to the police unless he does what his unknown adversary wants.
4 out of 5 stars
First let me say, I’m a huge fan of Blake Crouch and I love reading books in a series. This has both. For some reason, Blake Crouch and J.A. Konrath/ Jack Kilbourne are interchangeable in my head. I think that’s because the characters in this book overlap into one of Konrath’s and each writer is not afraid to get into the darkest parts of our psyche. (I also forgot to add that Crouch is the author of Pines, book 1 of the Wayward Pines Trilogy – which you may have seen advertised as it has been adapted for TV, starring Matt Dillon.)
This is horror at it’s finest. Crouch is able to build a story with a protagonist we really relate to. Andrew has a great life – he is a successful writer and has a beautiful home on a lake that is his sanctuary. With many friends and comfortably well off, he has a life that most of us would envy. One day he finds an envelope in his mailbox with a letter inside. The letter says that there is a dead woman buried on his property, with a knife missing from Andrew’s kitchen, and the body is covered in Andrew’s blood and fingerprints. Thinking this is a sick, but elaborate joke, he walks to where the body supposedly is and finds her – buried in a shallow grave and covered in blood. If he seeks help from the police, the real killer will release the details of the bodies buries elsewhere on Andrew’s property. All he has to do is follow the instructions in the letter.
This begins his nightmare. Crouch leaves us speechless with the reveal of the real killer, and we begin our descent into hell along with Andrew. This book is on my “depraved” shelf along with a small handful of others, so be prepared for full on gory descriptions of serial killers. I have no real way of explaining this book as I have nothing to compare it to.
If you like horror, go read it. Right now.