Little Heaven

Little Heaven

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman to evaluate the safety of a boy who may have been taken against his will to a New Mexico backwoods settlement, where the mercenaries encounter paranoia, mistrust, and insanity in the shadow of a monolithic idol.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books; Simon & Schuster, Inc, 2017
ISBN: 9781501104213
1501104217
9781501104237
1501104233
Characteristics: 486 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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star2014
Jul 11, 2017

After reading Nick Cutter's, The Troop, I decided to give this novel a try. I was not disappointed.
As with his previous novel, the author develops his characters well. His writing style combines humor, and sarcasm in parts, and this gives his characters individual personalities.
I would't be surprised to see a sequel based on this novel in the near future.

Cynthia_N Mar 29, 2017

Religious cult, a child needing rescuing, supernatural demonic (maybe) beings. It was super scary and there are a few illustrations which only make it worse! I enjoyed this book quite a bit except for the first 100ish pages where Cutter creates a back story for his main characters which could have been done in a page or two. I glad I pushed through and I still recommend the book!

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bansidthe
Feb 16, 2017

I found this to be overly long and to me many of the subplots and asides did nothing to add to the flow of the book. For me disappointing.

Amy_MarkhamPL Feb 14, 2017

Little Heaven is completely unique, completely terrifying, and a masterful fusion of horror and western genres. Little Heaven is the name given to a small religious cult housed in the middle of a forest in New Mexico. In 1965 a woman hires three mercenaries to infiltrate Little Heaven and check on the safety of her nephew, who is living there with his father. These three hired guns- Micah Shugrue, Ebeneezer Elkins, and Minerva Atwater - are all well fleshed out characters, each with their own compelling histories, who have accidentally ended up in each other's company. While Little Heaven's Reverend Amos Flesher is plenty evil on his own, a greater, more ancient and relentless evil exists just outside the gates of Little Heaven.

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rnorris2929
Jan 29, 2017

Little Heaven is quite a ride. Three mercenaries are hired by a woman to find her nephew. He's been kidnapped by a religious cult in the 1960's. Half the book takes place in that era where the anti heroes discover an even worse terror than the religious cult in the woods of New Mexico where the story takes place. Fifteen years later, in the 80's, the mercenaries find themselves being revisited by that same evil. The book reads well with nice characterizations of the mercenaries by the author. They felt like they were portrayed realistically, having to have lived with their trauma in the 80's, and having to face discrimination in the 60's (one is black, one is a lesbian). Stephen King is a fan of the author which is why I picked it up. And it has a lot of Stephen King like elements and shades of Corman McCarthy too. Fans of either of those authors won't be disappointed by this book.

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smmeloche
Nov 21, 2016

For all my reviews, be sure to check out my blog, Clues and Reviews
https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com/

In the remote, New Mexican backwoods there lays a community named Little Heaven. It is a religious haven but, soon, something evil arrives in Little Heaven and nothing will ever be the same….

Little Heaven, by Nick Cutter (the pseudonym for Canadian writer, Craig Davidson.) follows a group of mercenaries who are hired by a woman (Ellen) to look into the whereabouts of her nephew. Last she knew, his father had taken him to live in a remote New Mexican settlement called Little Heaven, a religious cult. Once they arrive, strange things begin to happen and, soon, they are sucked into a nightmare. Told in two sections, as the events are happening and fifteen years later, the novel left me with chills.

Not only did this novel have a rave review from Stephen King, but also from one of my favourite authors, Paul Tremblay. This novel did not disappoint. It takes a lot for me to be genuinely scared while I am reading; this novel scared me with ease. I found myself gasping out loud and looking wildly around the room to share terrifying moments with (I, instead, looked crazy #bookworkmproblems).

At the beginning of the novel, set in the 1980s, we meet each of the mercenaries and learn a little bit about their backstory. There is the bounty hunter, Minerva, an English mercenary named Ebenezer and a family man with a shady past named Micah. Each of the characters is damaged and after failed attempts to assassinate each other, they join forces to hunt down and rescue this young boy from the compound, Little Heaven. Each of these characters is truly an “anti-hero”. They don’t give much of a reason to like them, but, somehow, Cutter makes them relatable and endearing.

I can understand why this novel is getting some negative reviews. The beginning is slow and I mean SLOWWWW. The first 20% or so of the book, I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I liked it. But I was confused. Then, the book went from slow to confusing to horrifying really quickly and left me on edge until the last page. My favourite parts were the ones set in the past when the mercenaries are living in the compound working through how they will rescue the boy. This supernatural Jonestown-esque religious cult experience had me terrified.

Another interesting thing about this novel was the comic illustrations. The novel was littered with them to help identify key moments in the plot. This was a really interesting feature, especially because there was no real rhyme or reason to when an illustration would be inserted. It reminded me of the graphics in one of those Quentin Tarantino/Matt Wagner collaboration.

Overall, I really loved Little Heaven. If you want something that will give you a legitimate scare- then make sure to mark your calendars for January 10, 2017. I'd consider this one a must read.

I voluntarily received a copy of this book from Netgalley, Gallery Books and Nick Cutter; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.

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