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Mississippi native's Erin Samiloglu's debut novel, Disconnection, is a contemporary horror, set in New Orleans, that revolves around a serial killer obsessed with cleansing the world of sinners while one of his victims strives to stop him -- from beyond the grave.
The Fishhook Murderer has the entire city of New Orleans -- "the Crescent City of Lost Souls" -- living in fear. After brutalizing and then drowning his victims, the killer carves a religious symbol into their backs. Sela Warren, an overworked waitress, finds herself stranded at a bar after her inconsiderate best friend leaves with a one-night stand. While retrieving her purse before trying to catch a cab home, Sela picks up what she believes is her friend's cell phone. When the phone rings the next morning, it turns out to be a young woman named Chloe Applegate -- that serial killer's most recent victim! After Sela gets over her initial shock, she and Chloe join forces to try to identify and stop the killer. Throw in a cop afflicted with nightmarish hemorrhoids, a cocaine-addicted stripper, and a "redneck from hell" -- and you've got a page-turner of the highest order.
Fans who enjoy their horror seasoned with generous amounts of religious symbolism and zealotry -- Bram Stoker's Dracula, Stephen King's Carrie, etc. -- should give Samiloglu's Disconnection a try. While obviously not on the level of Stoker or King, Samiloglu shows enormous potential with her proficiency at constructing a truly creepy atmosphere filled with realistic and compelling characters -- all with oodles of twisted wit and panache. Paul Goat Allen