I would like to thank the publisher, Alien Agenda for the opportunity to read The Nightcrawler by Mick Ridgewell. It is the perfect time of year for this creepy story and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Publisher: Alien Agenda
I live in Florida but am originally from Michigan, so I feel right at home…in Detroit. At least, that is where Scott starts from. Familiar territory makes me settle right in.
Scott shows early on what an asshole he is. The more I read, the less I liked him. He’s rude, arrogant, and just plain mean. But, he’s driving a red hot Charger. Mick Ridgewell does a fabulous job of describing how it looks and sounds. I can hear it. I love the sound of the old sports cars, the deep growling rumble of the engine.
Roger was hitchhiking from Vermont to the Grand Canyon, enjoying stopping here and there along the way.
As I read of Roger’s nightmare, I can see him and Scott must be on a collision course and it won’t have a happy ending. I am worried about Roger. If his nightmare comes true…well, I don’t want that for him.
When Mick describes the nightcrawlers, their slimy trails on the blacktop like roads on a map, it brought back childhood memories of hunting for them at night as a kid. Then, we would take them to the bait shop up the street and sell them. I love when books have that something extra that I can relate to when reading.
The story is told from two points of view, Scott’s and Roger’s. As we travel to their ultimate destination…we have some fun, meet some people, cross some hurdles, but if you hear anyone say Okie Dokie…RUN!
The smell of the bum is everywhere, haunting Scott.
The red eyed dog lurks in the shadows.
Always the raven watches.
I now see the connection, why both men are being haunted by the past and why the raven is keeping tabs on everyone. There is an aura of menace that permeates the pages. I know something’s going to happen, I just don’t know what or when and I am a bit worried. You see, I have come to like Roger and Beth…a lot…and I would like them to have a future once the trip is over.
Fate, Karma, ghosts. You can run, but you can’t hide.
If you like a story with slow building suspense, where the supernatural steps in to haunt your every step and the past comes back to haunt you, where your karma catches up to you and the price you must pay for the wrongs you committed will not be denied, then Nightcrawlers is for you.
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Nightcrawlers by Mick Ridgewell.