Review: THE REDDENING by Adam Nevill

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Thank you so much to the author for my copy. 


Lifestyle journalist Katrine escaped past traumas by moving to a coast renowned for seaside holidays and natural beauty. But when a vast hoard of human remains and prehistoric artefacts is discovered in nearby Brickburgh, a hideous shadow engulfs her life.

Helene, a disillusioned lone parent, lost her brother, Lincoln, six years ago. Disturbing subterranean noises he recorded prior to vanishing, draw her to Brickburgh’s caves. A site where early humans butchered each other across sixty thousand years. Upon the walls, images of their nameless gods remain.

Amidst rumours of drug plantations and new sightings of the mythical red folk, it also appears that the inquisitive have been disappearing from this remote part of the world for years. A rural idyll where outsiders are unwelcome and where an infernal power is believed to linger beneath the earth. A timeless supernormal influence that only the desperate would dream of confronting. But to save themselves and those they love, and to thwart a crimson tide of pitiless barbarity, Kat and Helene are given no choice. They were involved and condemned before they knew it.


The cover of Adam Nevill’s THE REDDENING first caught my eye on Sadie Hartmann’s page when she posted her special edition copy. Unfortunately for me the hardcovers were all sold out, but Adam kindly offered to send me a free signed paperback. He is incredibly generous and I am so grateful for my copy because, guess what?!…I loved it.

Kat is a lifestyle journalist who escapes her past by moving to a coastal area near Brickburgh in Devon England. Artifacts and remains from thousands of years ago are discovered in a nearby cave and this discovery definitely has Kat’s attention. Our second protagonist, Helene, has a very personal tie to the Brickburgh caves. Her brother, Lincoln, vanished six years ago while he spent time there recording subterranean sounds. Helene and Kat are thrown together during the course of their individual journeys and are forced to move forward together in a place where they are not welcome.

Wow, Nevill sure knows how to write folklore, and HORROR. This book hit every mark for me. The writing is exquisite, the storytelling incredible, and the horror unapologetic. And oh my goodness, do I love Kat and Helene.

If you like horror with complex storylines, wonderful characters, a rough coastal setting, archeological digs, cannibalism and cults, then you’ve found the right book. There is a reason why Nevill’s fans have been recommending his books to me – I am so glad I am finally among them.

My rating is 5/5 stars! 

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About the Author:

Adam L.G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the horror novels: ‘Banquet for the Damned’, ‘Apartment 16’, ‘The Ritual’, ‘Last Days’, ‘House of Small Shadows’, ‘No One Gets Out Alive’, ‘Lost Girl’, and ‘Under a Watchful Eye’. His first short story collection, ‘Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors’, was published on Halloween, 2016, and won the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. His second collection of short fiction, ‘Hasty for the Dark: Selected Horrors’ was published on Halloween 2017.

His novels, ‘The Ritual’, ‘Last Days’ and ‘No One Gets Out Alive’ were the winners of The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel. ‘The Ritual’ and ‘Last Days’ were also awarded Best in Category: Horror, by R.U.S.A. Several of his novels are currently in development for film and television, and in 2016 Imaginarium adapted ‘The Ritual’ into a major motion picture.

Adam lives in Devon, England.





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