July 21st, 2010
At 6:18 PM on December 21, Sue Young, a single mother, receives a call that will change her life forever. The man on the other end of the phone informs her that he has kidnapped her infant daughter Veda and, unless Sue does exactly as he says, will kill Veda. Sue, a trained ambulance driver with nerves of steel, leaps into action, following the kidnapper’s instructions as closely as she’s able. He tells her to bring a shovel and a canvas sheet and directs her to drive to a particular spot in her old home town…a spot Sue has good reason to know well. When she was young, she and another child killed a man they suspected to be a serial killer nicknamed the Engineer and buried him on that spot. And now, many long years later, the voice on the phone directs Sue to dig up the buried corpse, put it in her trunk, and drive a very particular route through the Massachusetts countryside. As Sue drives the route, she passes through a series of towns, all of which contain statues of a historical figure by the name of Isaac Hamilton…but in each further town along the route, the statue is missing one more body part. At first thinking this is just a historical curiosity, Sue soon realizes that both the Engineer and the voice on the phone have a strange connection to Hamilton—a well-known serial killer from the 1800s. If she finishes the route the voice on the phone has laid out for her, the consequences may be dire—but if she doesn’t finish the route, her beloved daughter is certain to die a horrible death.
Fast-paced and thrilling, this novel starts out a seemingly run-of-the-mill thriller but swiftly morphs into a story of ancient horror and paranormal evil with some genuinely chilling moments. Enjoyable.
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