When reporter Cora Mayburn is assigned to cover a story about a snake-handling cult in rural Appalachia, she is dismayed, for the world of cruel fundamentalist stricture, repression, glossolalia, and abuse is something she has long since put behind her in favor of a more tolerant urban existence. But she accepts the assignment, dredging up long-buried memories as she seeks the truth.
As Cora begins to uncover the secrets concealed by a veneer of faith and tradition, something ancient and long concealed begins to awaken. What secrets do the townsfolk know? What might the handsome young pastor be hiding? What will happen when occulted horrors writhe to the surface, when pallid and forgotten things rise to reclaim the Earth?
Will Cora--and the earth--survive? The answers--and pure terror--can only be found in one place: Beneath.
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I won a book of choice giveaway and chose Beneath. The title is intriguing. The cover is chilling. And the synopsis sold me. I started the book and couldn’t get into it so I set it aside. But unfinished books haunt me so, later, I tried again. And I couldn’t stop reading it. A snake handling cult in a backwater town in Appalachia. Cora, a reporter needing a top story. And a whole lot of strange goings on. Once Cora gets her bearings, she begins to investigate. But she’s really out of her element and some things just don’t make sense. The story changes and she’s drawn deeper and deeper. There may be no way out. I’m so glad I gave this book another go. It slowly pulled me in as Cora sees something sinister in the preacher and chases that angle. But soon, the story changes again and that’s where the horror really begins. I didn’t have a clue what I was in for as I kept reading. The author threw me for a loop with the direction she took, buried me in atmospheric evil, and then ripped the ground open and let the dark come out to play.. All I can say about struggling with this book the first time I started to read it is, must have been my mood. I sure was in the right mood when I picked it up again.