ISBN #: 978-0615766546
Page Count: 210
Copyright: February 6, 2013
Publisher: Black Spine Books
(Taken from back cover)
BCA Special Agent Sullivan Shale has seen his share of violence and death. He's become weathered and haunted by the harsh reality of his career yet continues on despite a crippling personal loss. But when one of the largest penitentiaries in Minnesota calls requesting an investigation into an inmate's brutal death, even his expertise is pushed to the limit.
Singleton Penitentiary, located in the middle of an inhospitable swamp, has become an island amidst a torrential flood. The prisoners are silent, the staff is belligerent, and the murder committed in one of the solitary confinement cells is unimaginable.
Cut off from the outside world and faced with insurmountable odds, Shale must uncover a secret stretching back half a century and race against time to save himself and perhaps all of humanity from an insidious threat, that may not be human.
Even as a veteran of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Special Agent Sullivan Shale could never be prepared for the horror he is summoned to investigate. Arriving by boat to the flooded island that Singleton Penitentiary has become, Sullivan and his partner, Barry Stevens become witnesses to a grotesque and mysterious crime scene shrouded by silence. Unable to leave the prison, Sullivan and Barry settle in to solve the mystery, and soon find themselves hunted by an unrecognizable foe.
I settled in to start reading, for just a bit before bed, and next thing I knew, I was closing the final page. This is a hypnotic nail-biter from start to finish. I would LOVE to see this as a movie. Or maybe I wouldn't. It was horrifying enough to just imagine. The imagery of the crime and fear of the characters is palpable, and the depth of surprise and terror when the truth is revealed is incredible. No spoilers here. You have to read it for yourself!
Not a huge fan of thrillers, but this one is on my favorites list for this year. A must read for lovers of this genre. Horror has a new name, and it's Joe Hart.
5 out of 5 stars!
*A physical copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.