by John Everson


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In a small town with a strange history of teen suicides, a group of five women have made a pact with a demon and must sacrifice their firstborn.

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ISBN-13: 9781428513457
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Pages: 336

About the Author

John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant, Sacrifice, and The 13th. He shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois, with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, and a large stuffed Eeyore. There’s also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs, and an acoustic guitar that he can’t really play but that his son likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it’s usually only to brew another cup of coffee or restock a pint of Newcastle.

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Covenant 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 156 reviews.
Starshower More than 1 year ago
Spine tingling and a great find. John Everson is a new voice in horror and worth reading. This is horror done right and the best is yet to come from this amazing new author. Read it and suggest it to your friends. Holds your interest from first to last page.
ReadingNCoffee More than 1 year ago
I have never read this author before, I am always a sucker for books that have to do with small towns with secrets. I was pleasantly surprised with this book.
It was quite a page turner and kept me entertained. I am looking forward to the sequel.
BEE_81 More than 1 year ago
This was an okay horror read, but it did have graphic sex/rape scenes that were a little gruesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Feeling like a post traumatic syndrome disorder victim, bone weary from reporting all the scandalous news fit to print, reporter Joe Kieran leaves the Chicago Tribune. He accepted a journalist position as the night reporter at the Terrel Daily Times. Two months on the job Joe is bored. His daily monitoring the police radio has led to his driving to a reported scene once and that proved a false alarm. --- Remaining diligent, the persistent Joe is stunned when Dispatch directs a mobile unit to investigate an apparent leaper off the Terrel Peak. It was not the leap that surprises Joe, but the Dispatcher¿s use of the words ¿another one¿. Joe begins investigating the history of Peak leapers. He discovers a harrowing seemingly valid long term trend. On the same date in May someone young jumps. Warned to back off his inquiries, Joe continues to dig obsessed with the need to know why seemingly rationale contented children with no prior suicidal signs abruptly leap the Peak to their deaths. Interviewing five seemingly connected women, four of them still grieving mothers, reticent townsfolk especially the cops and his peers on the paper, and a self proclaimed Gypsy fortune teller, Joe will relearn the lesson he was taught in Chicago, but deadlier this time, that the truth does not set you free. --- This exciting suspense thriller has the audience hooked with a need to know why once Joe begins questioning what the dispatcher meant by ¿another one¿. The story line is driven by the small-town reluctance to share anything with the outsider, a big city reporter who is rusticating in their minds. Joe is terrific as he struggles to find out what makes a mentally healthy child decide suddenly to leap. John Everson has written a powerful tale as readers wonder whether it is a coincidence, the supernatural or a serial killer behind the suicides. --- Harriet Klausner
dawnslyt More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down.
njoyreading More than 1 year ago
A reporter starts investigating suicides and finds more than he bargained for.
twinmomdianna More than 1 year ago
John Everson delivers a book full of thrills, suspense,twists and a demon no one should ever make a pact with. From the start you are hook. You have to find out why people are ending their lives by going off the cliff. Might just look like suicidal teens but it goes much further back in time than that. There was a pact make with the demon who dwells in the caverns in the peak where the lighthouse once shinned bright. Stories that the town doesn't talk about. There is only one person who want to find out the truth, a reporter not from the town, one who knows there is a dark secret at the cliff. With each turn of the page clues come together. Twists happen that maybe you weren't expecting. The demon is always there talking to who he sees as his. Never make a pact with a demon. There is no way out of it. What price would you pay if you made a pact with him? Another brilliant piece of work by John Everson. His books grab hold of you and don't let go. You will find you do not want to put this book down. You want to know how it all plays out. Do not pass up the chance to read this book. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a worth-while story. But it should have come with an NC-17 rating. The overly described rapes and sex-scenes scattered through the book are over the top and superfluous. Glad I only paid a buck. Readers beware.
cantputt More than 1 year ago
Typically, I read romance novels, but for $.99 I thought I'd try it and read it on the beach during my vacation. I was expecting to be disappointed and probably not even finish the book, but I ended up buying a light for my Nook so I could finish the story on the ride home! I read this book in a day. Definitely a page turner for me, but as mentioned in other reviews,there are some graphic sex/rape scenes
NookGirlPA More than 1 year ago
This book was really great. I can't believe it was only 99 cents. I am going to have to read the second book, The Sacrifice. This was a page turner. Held my interest the entire book. The action didn't slow down at all in the middle chapters. Don't miss this one !
JPfromTN More than 1 year ago
Well written and original, I truly enjoyed this book! The story is suspenseful with good character development-I couldn't put it down. Fair warning, though, there are some graphic sex scenes and some graphic gore that may not be for the faint-hearted.
Author_Lincoln_Crisler More than 1 year ago
Everson's mass-market debut tells the story of Joe Kieran, a reporter who's exiled himself to sleepy little Terrel. Unfortunately for Joe, Terrel's not what it appears and he just can't let go of a good story. It's a complete tale in and of itself but you'll definitely want to check out the sequel, Sacrifice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though the storyline of this gripping work of wickedness will almost immediately draw you into Everson¿s foreboding world, you¿ll want to take your time reading this work of literary art. The imagery of the cliff, a focal point in the book in more ways than one to be sure, and syntax throughout the entire book are sources of pure delight. An example of such is: ¿It stretched almost straight up from the beach, a jagged, rocky wall that, from the road, looked higher than a skyscraper. One thin prominence stretched out over the choppy inlet like a beckoning finger, a signal of unknown import to the sky¿ (p. 10). I don¿t want to give away all the true causes of the personification of the cliff and caves that have caused many people to jump to their deaths in the months of October and May in the town of Terrel, but suffice it to say that a demon and fey (and I don¿t mean the airy fairy well wishing kind of fae¿rather, these ugly fey are more along the harbingers of death kind) are involved. The goings on in the cave (particularly in the crystal room) are simultaneously erotic in a vampiricly lustful kind of way ,yet also grotesque in their lack of concern for others mode, so you might find yourself left with your own rather difficult to assess images for a while. Black humor is employed from time to time as well with lines like, ¿And he really did wish for a break in the tediously dull evening---even if it was a broken-body break¿ (p. 7). These words are coming from a reporter¿s mind shortly after a kid jumped off the cliff and killed himself. Like his characters who were endowed with certain gifts, like painting exceedingly well, after the covenant was made, you might even begin to wonder, with writing this good, if Everson agreed to his own covenant in order to create this devilishly dark and terrifying tale.
SenoraG163 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slow moving but interesting story.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Joe Kiernan has escaped the hectic world of Chicago journalism to write for the paper in the small, coastal town of Terrel. It does not take long before Joe is a bit bored with the humdrum stories about bake sales and library renovations, so when a teenaged boy jumps to his death from a nearby cliff, Joe is ready for a real story. But the towns folk and even his editor want to keep the death low key. Joe can not understand the towns' apparent apathy until he starts to uncover a pattern of death and horror that holds all of Terrel in it's grip.Hmmm, this is a good story but it was just a bit graphic for me. I guess that speaks well for the writer since I could practically smell the blood in some passages. So I think hard core horror readers will really love this one. And despite the fact that it is not really my cup of tea, I know that I will read the sequel, Sacrifice.
cheme2005 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for some good old fashion Horror, you have come to the right place. John Everson's first novel is a smash hit with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Covenant is a page turn from cover to cover. There was never a dull moment and Everson does an excellent job bringing this tale to life, and does an excellent job making the reader want more. So if you are in the mood for some good horror pick this one up. It's definitely worth it.
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H. Klausner hits again. Ruins anither book with her reveal of every detail.
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A little predictable but still a good read on a rainy day!
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BrenW More than 1 year ago
One of the few I will probably delete from my Nook library.