Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice brilliantly conjures the shadowed terrors of the Louisiana bayou—where three friends confront a deadly, ancient evil rising to the surface—in this intense and atmospheric new supernatural thriller.
It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering night. No one except Niquette Delongpre, the survivor who ran away from the mangled stretch of guardrail on Highway 22 where the impossible occurred…and kept on running. Who left behind her best friends, Ben and Anthem, to save them from her newfound capacity for destruction…and who alone knows the source of her very bizarre—and very deadly—abilities: an isolated strip of swampland called Elysium.
An accomplished surgeon, Niquette’s father dreamed of transforming the dense acreage surrounded by murky waters into a palatial compound befitting the name his beloved wife gave to it, Elysium: “the final resting place for the heroic and virtuous.” Then, ten years ago, construction workers dug into a long-hidden well, one that snaked down into the deep, black waters of the Louisiana swamp and stirred something that had been there for centuries—a microscopic parasite that perverts the mind and corrupts the body.
Niquette is living proof that things done can’t be undone. Nothing will put her family back together again. And nothing can save her. But as Niquette, Ben, and Anthem uncover the truth of a devastating parasite that has the potential to alter the future of humankind, Niquette grasps the most chilling truths of all: someone else has been infected too. And unlike her, this man is not content to live in the shadows. He is intent to use his newfound powers for one reason only: revenge.
Review: ‘The Heavens Rise’ is a compelling supernatural horror story set in the deepest dark of Louisiana. The superbly detailed descriptions really brought the events and characters to startling life. While the story switched between past and present, it was woven in such a way the reader could see things unfolding in a way which made sense by the end. From the depths of the Louisiana swamp we meet a creature which has the capability to transform those with which it comes in contact and not everyone is ready or able to handle the abilities which manifest. Niquette (Nikki), Anthem, and Ben are a triumvirate whose love for each other brings them back together, even through the most horrifying events. ‘The Heavens Rise’ is a deep and psychologically chilling novel which will require an intensity of concentration, but is worth the effort.