The Heavens Rise

The Heavens Rise

4.2 17
by Christopher Rice

View All Available Formats & Editions

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…  See more details below


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.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Son of famed horror novelist Anne Rice, this New York Times best-selling author (A Density of Souls; The Moonlit Earth) is also widely known for featuring gay characters in his works. However, this release, set in the Louisiana swamp, is not about any of his characters' sexuality but rather is Rice's first attempt at horror. As a teenager, Niquette Delongpre was exposed to a parasite when her family uncovered a well on their property. For ten years she has struggled to deal with her newfound power and, along with childhood best friends Ben and Anthem, to remember the fateful events of that evening when her parents disappeared. Nikki soon learns that the well water that infected her has a menacing otherworldly secret that could destroy the world. VERDICT Rich with New Orleans history and atmosphere, this hypnotizing supernatural work delves into dark family secrets, ancient powers, and superhuman abilities. The book is curiously, if a bit disjointedly, organized, with the third-person narrative arranged by the major characters of Ben, Anthem, and Marshall (offering those particular protagonists' viewpoints), while Nikki's journal entries supplement the story line. Despite this flaw, supernatural horror and thriller readers who enjoyed Douglas Clegg's Neverland and Robert McCammon's Boy's Life will want to pick up Rice's quick-paced coming-of-age story of a group of friends hoping to escape their haunted past.—Carolann Curry, Mercer Univ. Lib., Macon, GA
Publishers Weekly
★ 08/26/2013
Although Rice (A Density of Souls) refers to his story as a “chronicle of monsters and magic,” it would be more accurate to describe it as a masterful coming-of-age novel. Set in a present-day New Orleans beset by natural disaster and human corruption, the story focuses on four young people: Niquette Delongpre, a child of privilege; her longtime best friend from childhood, Ben; her lover, Anthem; and Marshall, the outsider who plays the serpent in the others’ adolescent Eden. Shortly after Niquette and Marshall are attacked by mysterious pool-dwelling organisms, Niquette and her family drive off the road. Marshall jumps through a 31st-story window, landing in a comatose state from which he can psychically cause acts of carnage. Chapters from different perspectives slowly reconstruct the tapestry of connections among Niquette, Anthem, and Ben, and poignantly captures the boys’ inarticulate pain over Niquette’s loss and their personal struggles. Rice’s characters are complex and real, his dialogue pitch-perfect, and his writing intelligent and strong. He builds suspense beautifully as Marshall’s malevolence reaches a crescendo of violence amid enduring philosophical questions about what it means to be human. (Oct.)
"Creepy, chilling, and almost impossible to put down...a page-turner."
Shelf Awareness
Rice draws upon his New Orleans roots to create at Louisiana that may seem familiar but is a bit more terrifying, bringing about a perfect blend of spooky and memorable...the depth of character, chilling atmosphere and moral dilemma are all marks of a superb story."
Huffington Post Books
“Tense, gripping, gory at times, "The Heavens Rise" is every bit the novel one would expect from, well, someone like his mom.”
The Sun
“Deep within the swamps outside New Orleans, Niquette Delongpre and her family unearth a well that brings secrets to the surface – secrets that should have stayed buried in the soils of the Mississippi river. The author – son of Anne Rice – has written a creepy, intriguing and dangerously addictive supernatural novel.”
"The Heavens Rise is an entertaining and chilling story published just in time for Halloween."
Louisville Courier-Journal
"This is Rice’s best book to date, with evocative language, recurring themes and rich storytelling that will raise the hairs on the back of the neck. It rivals the best of Stephen King at times and sets a standard for psychological horror."
Fresh Fiction
“THE HEAVENS RISE is an eerie tale of the supernatural set against the backdrop of the swamps of New Orleans. Christopher Rice does a marvelous job at incorporating the imagery of New Orleans into the tale... [He] expertly weaves together the past and the present as the tale alternates back and forth between the timeframes, giving us the full history of the four main characters and how they ended up as they are today… it is the strength of the character building and the richness of the imagery that makes THE HEAVENS RISE so chilling...I can't recommend THE HEAVENS RISE enough!”
The Sun (UK)
“Deep within the swamps outside New Orleans, Niquette Delongpre and her family unearth a well that brings secrets to the surface – secrets that should have stayed buried in the soils of the Mississippi river. The author – son of Anne Rice – has written a creepy, intriguing and dangerously addictive supernatural novel.”
Peter Straub
“Christopher Rice is a magician. This brilliant, subtly destabilizing novel inhales wickedness and corruption and exhales delight and enchantment. Rice executes his turns, reversals, and surprises with the pace and timing of a master. The Heavens Rise would not let me stop reading it--that's how compelling it is.”

Robert McCammon
“Christopher Rice has crafted a rich and haunting world in The Heavens Rise. This story of a tormented family and the events that have led to their destruction and onward into the future is tense, tight, disturbing and made very real by a very talented author who obviously knows his way around the Big Easy. An excellent read!”

Patricia Cornwell
"Christopher Rice never disappoints with his vivid people and places and masterful prose. He will hold you captive under his spell as his images and emotions become your own."

Charlaine Harris
"Christopher Rice has written an amazing horror novel with more twists and turns than a mountain road. You'll think you know your destination . . . but you'll be wrong."

Suspense Magazine
"With rich, multi-layered characters merging into the lush backdrop of pre- and post-Katrina, south Louisiana, Rice had my attention from the start...every twist and unexpected revelation fell into place smoothly and kept me engaged...looking forward to the next amazing story."
Kirkus Reviews
Rice's supernatural thriller (A Density of Souls, 2000, etc.) returns readers to familiar stomping grounds in New Orleans and features three teenage friends brought together by personal tragedy. Niquette "Nikki" Delongpre has lived the perfect life. She's beautiful and surrounded by people who love her: Ben, devoted best friend; Anthem, her handsome boyfriend; and her parents, a respected surgeon and his cherished wife. But all the good things in her life begin to go sideways when Nikki breaks up with Anthem after another girl claims he was with her. Enter Nikki's jealous would-be suitor, Marshall Ferriot, who maneuvers Nikki into going out with him. That date turns out to be a nightmare; Marshall is not only abusive, but during the evening, the couple ends up in a pool of water that infects them both with a type of parasite that causes them to undergo radical changes. Marshall, embittered that Nikki reconciled with Anthem, decides to get even, setting into motion a series of events that result in the Delongpre family car plunging into a river with all three family members inside and culminating when Marshall suffers a bizarre accident that leaves him in a wheelchair. Throw in some atmosphere, and the stage is set for Rice to work his clever, complicated plot around New Orleans and its environs. The author makes Katrina and its aftermath part of the story and creates some original characters in the process, but original characters can't redeem this novel once it goes off course. Although filled with early promise, the book sputters about two-thirds of the way through, when Rice veers away from a complicated and compelling story and takes off in a new, unexpected and disappointing direction. Rice's latest has a very strong start but loses steam in the last third.

Read More

Product Details

Gallery Books
Publication date:
Sold by:
Sales rank:
File size:
4 MB

Read an Excerpt

The Heavens Rise


    MAY 2013

    The patient in Room 4 was named Marshall Ferriot and he couldn’t dream.

    Instead he experienced vivid eruptions of memory that came from the center of what he perceived to be his person. After the terrifying fall that landed him at death’s half-open door when he was only seventeen, he lost all sense of his physical body.

    Only rarely was he given some sense of the passage of time and, when it came, it was always accompanied by the jarring realization that his home was a dark, purgatorial place where dreams and memories, all those aspects of human beings people consider to be intangible, took on discrete wavelengths before they were stripped from those human souls they once defined.

    In these moments, he could feel himself dragging against a current of souls broken down to their raw constituents—a quantum flow of hopes, nightmares and memories—and it made him feel like shark bait being towed through open sea. While he had no sense of his limbs, he knew he was still too fully formed to be worn down and passed through this pulsing refinery of the spirit.

    Then, a moment of stultifying blackness would arrive, stealing the passage of time, an intermittent distortion that turned a march of ten years in the conscious world into an endless tape loop of revelations lost, rediscovered and lost again.

    Sometimes he could hear the nurses. Their whispers and their shouts would come in at equal volume and, with them, a dim awareness that they spoke of him often because they were afraid of him.

    But, for the most part, Marshall Ferriot’s consciousness fluctuated steadily between vivid memories of the time before his fall and a terrifying awareness of his paralysis at the edge of death.

    And the memories were growing stronger. They had come to include rich sensuous details that suggested an awakening of some kind might be close at hand. But first they carried him back to New Orleans, the city of his birth, and to the swamps of Tangipahoa Parish and a place called Elysium, where he’d been granted his first and last taste of a beautiful girl with cat-eyes and honey-colored hair, a girl whose very name filled the remnants of his soul with sustaining rage.

    Niquette Delongpre.

    Read More

  • Customer Reviews

    Average Review:

    Write a Review

    and post it to your social network


    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    See all customer reviews >

    The Heavens Rise 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
    TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    ‘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.
    MBMarsh More than 1 year ago
    I received a review copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. The Heavens Rise is a pretty typical Christopher Rice book. It’s got mystery, intrigue, and all around general weirdness. This is fairly usual for him, and if you have read any of his other books, you will notice certain patterns to his writing. They are almost predictable in some ways. It’s almost as if he has a template for his stories. There is always a twisted character and a homosexual character. This book was ok. It wasn’t his best book, but it wasn’t his worst. I wanted to figure out the whys of what was going on. We are told in the blurb that Niquette Delongpre is still alive, but she doesn’t reappear until the end of the book. I think it would have been better to not know because I spent most of the book waiting for this girl to come back and make her grand appearance. And then when she does reappear, it’s somewhat disappointing. This book was promoted as paranormal, but the paranormal element was minimal. The powers that the two characters are given are pretty weird, but since one of them isn’t present for the majority of the book and the other is in a comatose type state, There are only bits and pieces of paranormal experiences. The “powers” they are given are due to an organism in the pool at Niquette’s house. Marshall is the “twisted” character in this story, and he really is twisted. He deserves anything bad that happens to him. He’s pretty gross. The story really focuses a lot on Niquette’s boyfriend Anthem and their best friend Ben trying to solve the mystery of what happened to Niquette and her family. There are some good plot twists, and despite the problems I had with this book, the writing itself was pretty good. I just found myself wanting more from this book. Definitely not his best work, but still enjoyable if you don’t set your expectations too high. If this is the first of his books you have read, I’m sorry. Don’t lose faith in him though. Pick up one of Rice’s other books and then decide whether or not to continue reading books by this author. He has a lot of good ideas and the writing is easy to follow. The plot twists are good and generally unpredictable.
    BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
    Marshall Ferriot has his eyes set on Niquette (Nikki) Delogpre, but her boyfriend Anthem Landry stands in his way. After engineering their breakup, Marshall and Nikki are exposed to a strange organism which will change their lives forever. When Nikki and her family disappear, and Marshall Ferriot ends up in a vegetative state and later also disappears, Nikki's friend Ben Broyard teams up with journalist Marissa Hopewell to investigate their disappearance. This search will last eight years. When people start suffering from strange blackouts and find themselves doing things they have no memory of and, as the trail of dead bodies increases, we are left to wonder: who is controlling whom and who will be left standing? "The Heavens Rise" is is a tale of revenge and unrequited love, with a bit of horror thrown in for good measure. The story is told via excerpts from the journal of Niquette Delongpre interspersed with past (2005) and present accounts by Marshall, Ben, Marissa, and a couple of other minor characters. The New Orleans setting is as much a character as any of the people. The author has a great writing style which flows easily. He is able to swap between different characters, male or female, black or white, gay or straight, and make them all believable. He weaves the story together in an artful fashion, never disclosing too much at one time. He even manages to inject some humor, as witnessed by this exchange between Ben and Marissa:      "I'm working on a novel."      "Don't bother. There're too many already and not enough people to read them."      "Seriously? You realize you said that out loud, right?" Recommended for lovers of horror and young adult paranormal genres. I received this book for the purpose of providing an honest review.
    StephWard More than 1 year ago
    'The Heavens Rise' is a paranormal mystery/thriller set in Lousiana. It tells the story of Niquette Delongpre and how her family disppeared without a trace in 2005. It also tells the story of Niquette's best friend Ben and her boyfriend, Anthem, as they continue to deal with their grief over losing Nikki. Lastly, it tells the story of a guy that Nikki rejected before she disappeared - and who now wants nothing but revenge. Suddenly, in 2013, Nikki and her father Noah reappear in New Orleans to Ben and Anthem. Their story is confusing, strange, and almost impossible to believe. Once Ben and Anthem realize that Nikki is telling the truth, they must race to find - and stop - the one other person who has the same power that Nikki does - before he finds them. This was a phenomenal novel that was a mystery, a paranormal thriller, and a Gothic contemporary fiction all at once. I'm a huge fan of the author and have read all of his previous works, but this one by far is my favorite. There are several smaller story lines intertwined with the main plot, but these only serve to show more detail to the overall story and weren't confusing at all. The characters were all incredibly well written, especially the three main characters of Nikki, Ben, and Anthem as well as the mysterious guy bent on revenge against them. They had distinct personalities with unique strengths and weaknesses and by the end of the book I felt like I personally knew each one of them. The setting was a perfect fit for the book. Louisiana and New Orleans hold an air of mystery and the supernatural already and the author grasps that and runs with it. The story itself is told in quite a different way than most novels - it is told between two different periods of time, 2005 and 2013, and is also split up and told from several different points of view. I enjoyed the way the author wrote the book because it gives the reader background to the characters, their relationships and the events that led up to what happened. We are then propelled into the present to see how the past events have affected the characters and their lives. I also liked how the differing points of view allows the reader to get inside the minds of different characters and see how they react to each other and the events that unfold. The paranormal aspect of the book was fascinating and truly unique. It definitely sets it apart from the other novels out there in the genre and in general. The only complaint I have is that at one point in the book I thought the author was going to go a certain way that I didn't want it to (I can't anything else without spoilers), but luckily it didn't go in that direction and completely restored my love of the book. The writing is impeccable with a fast pace, edgy thrills and twists, and a quick flow that made it impossible for me to put the book down. Very highly recommended for fans of paranormal fiction and mystery/thrillers. You definitely don't want to miss out on this one - it will be one that everyone is talking about for a long time to come. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
    tpolen More than 1 year ago
    New Orleans was the perfect setting for a creepy horror novel like this - ancient evil, supernatural thriller - and the author's descriptions pre and post-Katrina were both wonderful and sad at the same time. I found it easy to like all three of the MCs, Nikki, Ben, and Anthem, with their vastly different personalities and strong bonds of friendship. Their relationships were very believable and heartwarming. Although Ben seemed to be just a third wheel initially, I liked him even more when he became a central character halfway through the book. At the other end of the spectrum, it was amazing the way the author created someone so vile and despicable as Marshall in so few words and actions. This story quickly drew me in and although it jumped around with time periods and Nikki's journal entries, it wasn't confusing and added to the suspense for me. The whole story began with someone wanting what they couldn't have and continued to gain momentum. By the end, I was left fascinated by how a minor thing in life could affect so many people and have such devastating consequences. The ending wasn't what I was hoping for, but considering everything that happened, it was probably the best outcome possible. When I began reading this book, I wasn't aware Christopher Rice was the son of Anne Rice. I've been a fan of hers for years and, in this case, the imagination and talent didn't fall far from the tree. This was the first book I've read by this author, but I'll be looking for others. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Lily_F More than 1 year ago
    Christopher Rice made me lose an afternoon of TV cuddle time with the hubby. The moment I began this book, I was completely gripped in the pace and originality of this plot line and amazing characters. I turned off the whole world. Hubby included... He complained a bit, I think... But since I tuned him out for a few hours, I can't really be sure. The story is told from multiple characters POVs. If it's done right, I LOVE it. It was done right. Mr. Rice was also very brave, because he didn't stick to the same timeline from character to character, jumping to the past, and back to present. At times, I wasn`t initially sure where on the timeline we were, but he made it work beautifully. The end result? Pieces of the puzzle fit at the right moment, and revelations were timed impeccably. You also saw the same event from different perspectives, which was so interesting. The main heroine, Niquette, was absent for most of the novel, which would have ideally sucked if it didn't lend such suspense and mystery to the plot. She was a big piece of the puzzle at different times of the storyline, and it couldn't have been crafted any better in my opinion. Our main villain? He was definitely not absent, and the darkness of this character was so strong and clear that it disturbed me. I genuinely felt a sliver of fear every time someone got too close to Marshall... At ALL TIMES it was the worse mistake they ever made. No conscience, no empathy, and a thirst for revenge and chaos... combined with super powers... (shudder) He terrified me. Sounds like it should be an easy 5 star, but sadly, I really didn't like the conclusion! Ugh I know!! This is just my personal opinion though... The big reveal jumped the shark for me! I went into a place of disbelief and incredulity. I wanted a different conclusion that explained things a little better, and involved a happier ending for a few of the characters involved. But I know this is the author's vision and not mine. It WAS a great vision, filled with originality and believable characters in a really weird situation. The author captured believable emotion and projected it from the pages. And that takes a lot of talent, and I have nothing but appreciation for his efforts. I look forward to curling up with another of his books, creepy and all. *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher through Netgalley; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    reececo331 More than 1 year ago
    This is a story that looks into the power of true love and true hate. IT is a psychological conundrum. A mixed bag of tricks that is a frightening story of the unknown danger that wells up with the water from the artisan well on the property of Elysium. It looks into the dark recesses of the human soul. The center of the story is about two teenagers are exposed to something that gives them strange and powerful abilities. The first is a boy named Marshall, a young man with strange haunting dreams and unsatisfied desires. After eight years of being in hospital care after his attempted suicide wakes up, his diabolical plan to control others and find her. His obsession may be the down fall of humanity. Niquette Delongpre has been missing those eight years after an accident that left little evidence. But her best friend and old boy friend, after exasperating experiences in their search for Nicki, some very strange occurrences happen in their life... Could Nicki be alive? Why did she stay way so long? Can Ben her best friend and local reporter in the after math of Katrina, and Louisiana's oil spill find the clues to find his long lost friend? Could she me the one to solve the mystery and save everyone? 
    Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review* I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I requested this book from Netgalley, but I was intrigued by the cover, the setting, and the book's description. (I wasn't aware at the time of Christopher Rice's "pedigree".) After reading it, I'm not sure how I'd describe it. A bit of a love story. A bit of a mystery (what's going on with these people?). A bit of a love story - the love between sweethearts, and the love between friends. And then there's that crazy gunk in the pool - the part that puts it into the "supernatural/horror" genre. The changing points of view took a bit of getting used to - I don't have a problem with that normally, but for some reason it was a bit jarring here, even though it was necessary. Rice's familiarity with and love of the Louisiana setting definitely comes through. In the end, I liked the book - I didn't love it, but I did like it.
    CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
    I can't fault the setting of the atmosphere. It is suitably mysterious and eery with a side twist of paranormal activity and a hankering of horror. What it did lack at times was a suitable description of what was actually going on. Too much assumption on the authors part that the reader will make the connections without him making them clear on paper. A lot of living in the head and not enough between the pages. Christopher Rice has a sense for the darker macabre storytelling. His villain was written in a way that could divide the reader. He was both evil and managed to evoke a sense of sympathy at the same time. It was a shame that although Niquette played the leading role in the book she wasn't really present for most of it. Her character was important in the grand scheme of the story but not given enough space or time to evolve. The last quarter of the book the story takes a giant swivel in the direction of Sci-Fi. To be quite honest I liked the concept but the delivery wasn't well executed. The scenario of the accident and the events that unfold during the accident were confusing to say the least. Up till the last few chapters the reader seems to be dealing with a sociopath with telekinetic abilities or the power to sway the conscious thought of others. The real answer seems to get lost in the lack of detail and clarity.  I think Rice is still finding his feet and hope he will endeavour to perhaps wade in a direction that he feels propelled towards rather than the one that is expected of him. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The Heavens Rise by Christopher Rice is spectacular. It melds the poignancy I've come to expect from him with a horror story Mama Rice only wishes she could write. If I could give this book more than five stars, I would!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    DiiMI More than 1 year ago
    Christopher Rice has created a nightmare of epic proportions for all of you horror fans out there! The Heavens Rise is dark, stark and downright eerie! The spring fed pond, meant to be something special becomes ground zero for a living nightmare as ancient microscopic parasites invade the bodies and alter the minds of anyone who comes in contact with the pond, and there is only one cure for the infection, one final cure, death. What if your worst nightmare became reality? What if you became the monster that hides in the dark? What would you do? Would you seek revenge on everyone you think has done you wrong? Would you hide away to protect those you love? The Heavens Rise is filled with complex characters who are varied and fascinating to meet as teens and to watch as events that took place in a Louisiana bayou forever change the lives of three young friends. They discover that another has also been infected and his mission is far darker than theirs and there may only be one way to finally stop him, but can they risk it? Christopher Rice takes supernatural horror to a new level, with his dark style and sometimes cryptically vague scenarios, allowing the reader to get in the trenches and fill in the gaps within their minds! Mr. Rice is definitely making use of his dark and bold strokes as he paints horror-filled scenes and dialogue that will give you chills. The subplots and fleshing out of each character makes everything feel almost too real, too believable as this thriller heads to a conclusion that really isn’t! Me, I’m probably avoiding swimming anywhere that isn’t chlorine saturated and concrete encased for a while! An Arc edition was provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for my honest review.
    NCReaderGirl More than 1 year ago
    A mutation by definition is a permanent change to DNA, the very basic items that make up each and every one of a human’s cell make-up.  What then would happen if one were to be submerged in a pool of water swimming with some unknown parasite? For Niquette and Marshall that little few minute dip in a pool under construction changed their lives forever – now they can do something neither of them ever imagined.  The Louisiana Bayou is a place of intriguing mystery and myth, many stories have come from those swamps and many an author’s imagination has been stirred by the possibility of things lurking in the waters, from Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire to Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Series (aka Sookie Stackhouse & True Blood) and the ghost stories to rise from those murky waters as we saw in St. Charles at Dusk by Sarah Cradit – each one bringing something mysterious to the surface.  This time, Christopher Rice has chosen to sink his characters right into the very bayou that has brought so much to the surface. Initially this book did not pull me in – it was extremely choppy and did not flow properly for my liking, the character development was there, the relationships of each person very well interwoven to the next and the reader held a firm grasp of each character and how they may or may not behave.  The reader saw the how the change affected each individual, how the disappearance of  the Delongpre family affected the community, Anthem , Niquette’s on and off Boyfriend, and Ben, Niquette’s best friend, along with Marshall Ferriot’s family.  The further I read into the story the more intriguing it got, the more the story moved forward and the question of Who? What? Where? When? and Why? Were finally answered it became almost obvious what was happening and how the main “villain” in the story was going to get his comeuppance.  After I finished this novel I was left wondering if perhaps this book was a prequel and will the story play out in similar fashion to the X-Men series as it appears to be one of those backstory’s that Marvel has done a lot of lately.