Thursday, April 2, 2015

Book Review ~ Fingers in the Mist by O'Dell Hutchison

Fingers in the Mist
by O'Dell Hutchison

Sixteen-year-old Caitlyn Foster never believed in the legend of the Redeemers. That was before the trees started to whisper her name. Before a murder of crows attacked the town. Before she and her family came home to find a bloody handprint on their front door, marking one of them as a sacrifice. As Caitlyn’s friends are ripped from their homes, she knows it’s only a matter of time before the Redeemers come for her. Caitlyn has the power to stop the terror, but she’ll have to decide if she’s willing to sacrifice herself to save those she loves.

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"Mind your manners and do what's right.
This will keep you safe at night.
But if you give yourself to sin,
You will let the Redeemers in.
If God's path is not your goal,
Then the Redeemers will take your soul."

Sound pretty creepy, uh?  Well, you have no idea how creepy this story is!  Eerily creepy. Horrifyingly creepy.  And gosh dang it, LOVED it!

As penance for their sins, marked households must sacrifice one member of their family to the Redeemers.   Seven unlucky souls, including sixteen-year old Caitlyn, must accept that they along with the town have no say in the matter.  The Redeemers are only fulfilling the Lord's work and they must comply.  The town basically shuts down for seven days.  No electricity, running water for a few hours a day and the fear that if you are caught out of your house when the fog rolls in, your death is certain. Oh, and they aren't able to leave the town because you will be stopped - and killed.  This is a small sacrifice for the many luxuries that the citizens have in their small but very prosperous and peaceful town.  As the marked are taken away, it is up to Caitlyn to stop the ancient evil that has plagued the town for centuries.  But how can one teenage girl stop the madness?  Well you see, Ms. Caitlyn has a pretty awesome weapon in her arsenal and she is determined to kick some serious butt! 

Before I even read the synopsis of Fingers in the Mist, I had to read it.  Yes, I judge a book by its cover – I admit it, and I am not ashamed.  I mean look at this cover.  So dark, so creepy and the blood spatters instantly let the reader know that they are about to embark on a truly horrifying experience.  Did the story inside the cover meet my high expectations? Boy did it!  This eerie and horrifying story had me hooked from the very beginning and it was impossible to put down as the author took me on a journey that tested the limits of my imagination.   I really enjoyed the unique blend of horror, paranormal and sci-fi elements in this well-written story that flowed seamlessly and effortlessly.  And the ending - well, I did not see it coming at all and can only hope that the next installment of this series comes out soon.

Fingers in the Mist is a definite must read for any fan of horror/paranormal especially someone who loves Stephen King.  Give this one a try - you will not regret it!

4 stars

O'Dell Hutchison was born in a small rural town in Idaho. There were no Redeemers there (that he knows of). After attending college in the Pacific northwest, he found his way to the Houston area. He currently lives in Katy, TX with his dog, Gia. By day, he is an IT Trainer/Instructional Designer. He spends his free time reading, writing, laughing and wishing the weather in Texas allowed for more outdoor activities without dying of heat stroke or carbon monoxide poisoning. He also acts and directs at various theaters around Houston.

O'Dell is a member of SCBWI, Writer's League of Texas and The Houston Writer's Guild.

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