Mick Nash’s summer is off to a bad start. The Last Straw, his once thriving sports bar, is deep in the red. His wife Amy is overweight and bullied by her students. Teen son Kyle has just met alcohol and is willing to steal anything to impress the right girl, while young daughter Briela is gripped by tantrums and recurring nightmares that foretell an approaching menace.
Meanwhile, transplants to the health and outdoor living mecca of Boulder, Colorado, the Renders have taken up residence in the gaudy spec home behind the Nash acreage. Wife Cassandra offers uncanny solutions to Amy’s suburban doldrums, and husband Vince becomes instrumental in rescuing the Last Straw from financial ruin. Teen goddess June entices Kyle into ever more dangerous thrills, while ten-year-old Adolph has a narcotic influence on Briela.
But there’s something abnormal about the Renders, and every favor has its price. They keep strange hours and intervene at the most inappropriate times. Wounds from common household accidents heal too quickly, and the Renders seem to thrive on the misfortune of others. While the Renders turn dangerously more native with each passing day, Mick’s investigations into their past uncovers a hidden trail of treachery, violence, and a pact with unholy forces.
Struggling to extract his family from the Renders’ influence, unable to keep friends and adversaries of the two families from meeting with untimely fates, Mick becomes convinced that a new breed of evil has settled in his utopian home town. As their summer turns into a crash course in survival, the Nash family must confront the forces that have driven them apart, and uncover the terrifying truth about the people next door.
What they find may have the power to change the way we look at our neighbors -- and our own family members -- forever.
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If you think you know your neighbors, Christopher Ransom will make you think again. As with all his work, you are about to enter a world that will grab you and keep you until the very last page. Meet the Nashes and the Renders, their lives are very ordinary on the outside but looks can be deceiving. With every page you are riding a rollercoaster ride and just when you think you figured it all out, think again because you are about to make a left turn into a place you never saw coming. Always a great thrill to read one of his books and this is about as good as a writer can get!!!