Laura Benedict is the author of the dark suspense novels Devil's Oven, Isabella Moon, and Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts. She has also edited the Surreal South anthology series with her husband, Pinckney Benedict. Her work has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, Noir at the Bar, and other anthologies. She has no respect for genre boundaries and delights in treating her readers to the unexpected.
Devil's Ovenby Laura Benedict
There's an unknown mountain in Appalachia called Devil's Oven, a place where extraordinary, dark things have been happening for centuries. Now, the mountain has given Ivy Luttrell, a lonely seamstress, the power to fashion herself the perfect man. But instead of bringing Ivy happiness, her creation terrorizes the nearby town with brutal single-mindedness that even Ivy cannot understand. The madness quickly touches Bud Tucker, the owner of the local strip club, and his seductive wife, Lila, wrenching apart their marriage, and putting their lives at terrible risk. The only person who may be able to save Ivy and everyone around her is Jolene, a young dancer whose roots and power lie deep within the past, and the soil of Devil's Oven itself.
Devil's Oven is the third supernatural thriller from Laura Benedict, author of ISABELLA MOON.
- Gallowstree Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)
- Age Range:
- 15 Years
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One of the best twisted fairy tales I've ever read.
The characters were under developed and I didn't care what happened to any of them. The story itself was far fetched. Some books pull you in and make you believe no matter how outlandish the idea. This wasn't one of them.
From the beginning, I was invested in the storyline and the characters drew me into the vivid details of their lives. The further I was drawn into the book, I found elements horrific and others magical; only making me thirst for more. As soon as I finished it I recommended it to my friends and my husband began reading it.
There’s more to this book than meets the eye. Everyone has their own monster to deal with, and once the mountain’s Frankenstein is let loose, the various characters in Devil’s Oven have to come face to face with them. This book is rich on complex characters, and then ones you root for in the beginning aren’t the ones you’ll be rooting for in the end. The one constant in the story was Jolene, sent back from an earlier time to fix mistakes that she seems doomed to make over and over again. The story takes places against the backdrop of a small town strip club and the people who each have their own bizarre connection to it. It next to impossible to sum up Devil’s Oven in a write-up, one MUST simply read it. It’s a wonderful noir mystery that asks as many questions as it answers, but that’s the beauty of Benedict’s writing. The reader is often left the come to their own conclusions about some of the more mysterious elements in the story. Sometimes, our own conclusions are scarier (or even sweeter) than the writer could ever imagine and that fits Devil’s Oven.
Spooky as Hell Laura Benedict's Devil's Oven makes an unknown Appalachian mountain a major character and driving force in the elegiac novel of love gone wrong. Ivy Luttrell lives a lonely life as a seamstress in the shadow of the mountain. Longing for a man to love, she often walks the trails at night. On one such walk, she finds a dismembered body of a man who had been beautiful in life. She stitches him back together in a takeoff on Frankenstein. And like Frankenstein, the man comes to life only to become a monster that terrorizes neighbors and the nearby town. Madness touches many of the residents, all but Ivy and a strange dancer named Jolene. Jolene seems to have the power heal the town but only through the destruction of the monster. Creepy. Beautiful. Lyrical. Haunting. Benedict's command of poetic language lifts this book from a genre novel to literary fiction. Yes, it has otherworldly elements in it, but so do most of the fairy tales we hear in our youth. Definitely for adults who want to be scared sleepless. Devil's Oven is a continuing nightmare up until the last page. Read it and sleep with the lights on.