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The Heavens Rise

Bram Stoker Award, 2014

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349402840

Price: £7.99

ON SALE: 15th October 2013

Genre: Fiction & Related Items

My name is Niquette Delongpre and on the night before my mother’s forty-seventh birthday, my entire family vanished without a trace. Everyone assumed the swamp swallowed them. They were wrong . . .

Deep in the swamps outside of New Orleans, Niquette Delongpre and her family uncover a well on their property – a well that has roots all the way down into the soils of the Mississippi River. A well that brings ancient things to the surface – things that should have stayed buried.

When Niquette is exposed to a small parasite, it triggers in her mysterious and dangerous powers. As she tries to come to grips with these new abilities and what they might mean for her future, she realises that she is not alone. Someone else, someone who was exposed to the same mysterious parasite during a clandestine visit to the swamp, is also discovering his new talents, and he’s not as nice as she is . . .

Reviews

A creepy, intriguing and dangerously addictive supernatural novel
Sun
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
Publisher’s Weekly
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
Patricia Cornwell
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
Charlaine Harris
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
Peter Straub
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!
Robert McCammon
Any fan of the horror genre should read The Heavens Rise. Christopher Rice is casting his own shadows now, setting new standards for other authors and over the last almost 15 years and has added a new wing to the Rice literary legacy
Huffington Post
There's a lot more going on than meets the eye in this disconcerting Deep South horror from Christopher Rice . . . it's the characters who will keep you gripped here; two scared, wary and human, another so spectacularly malevolent you'll cheer when you should be booing . . . a real feast
Weekend Sport