Michael Koryta is a very good writer of mystery, and the supernatural. Case in point, is The Ridge, his latest chilling spellbinder. Spooky and suspenseful, The Ridge is set deep in the Kentucky woods where mysterious happenings surround a misplaced lighthouse built in the forest atop Blade Ridge by an equally isolated local eccentric, Wyatt French.
Following a cryptic phone call to Chief Deputy Kevin Kimball, Wyatt is found dead in his lighthouse home. Plastered on the walls are numerous photos of deaths, accidents and murders, known and unknown, some current, and others dating back to a distant past. All are connected to Blade Ridge and its inhabitants.
In the meantime, Audrey Clark and her colleagues are moving their formidable collection of rescued wild cats including leopards, lions, tigers and a crowd-pleasing rare black cougar to property on the ridge. The displaced felines are becoming increasingly and dangerously restless.
Using a skillful mix of fear, suspense, and a cold, dark evil wrapped up in the supernatural, Koryta weaves a tight entertaining story.
The Ridge goes deeper as it deals with the consequences of impossible choices, along with bargaining, the meaning of balance, and how love can manifest itself in unexpected ways for the greater good. It is a must read for the summer.
Other Michael Koryta Reviews
So Cold the River: suspenseful, mysterious, and well-written story
The Cypress House: Supernatural mystery. Once it gets to you, it is hard to put down.
The Prophet: a must read for Koryta fans and mystery lovers
Last Words: Investigator tries to solve twenty-year-old murder at the request of the possible killer.
Rise The Dark: those who like novels sporting a touch of the supernatural, and characters who are willing to make momentous sacrifices for the greater good, will enjoy this novel.