Surprising twists and another inventive plot from the master of thrill chills.
Contains graphic violence
Straub's recent series of books, while excellent, have been dense and rather cerebral as horror books go. This one, while employing many of the same devices about family secrets and mysteries half-buried in the past, has an action storyline with a viscerally satisfying villain and a strong female protagonist. The premise is that the history of a famous fantasy novel not only concerns some eccentric authors, but collides with a wily killer on a rampage. The settings--in seedy motel rooms, New England houses, a bizarre private club and an over-the-hill literary retreat--are especially fun.
The Hellfire Club combines the intellectual puzzle mystery with the powerful vein of psycho thriller suspense.
One of the most chilling villians to come along since Hannibal Lecter and :Silence of the Lambs".
I love mysteries and I couldn't put this one down. A good read.
They are dying, one by one. Wealthy, middle-aged women in an exclusive Connecticut suburb. Their muderderer remains at large Nora Chancel, wife of publishing scion Davey Chancel, fears she may be next. After all, her past has branded her a victim......