Stephen King's influence is apparent in Kenyon's debut spooker about White Falls, Maine, a sleepy backwater mired in ordinary smalltown routines until the day that ex-con Billy Smith arrives, drawn by dreams of death and dark purpose. Accompanying Billy is Gloria Johnson, a hooker he felt compelled to kidnap; she happens to be plagued by similar dreams. Meanwhile, Jeb Taylor, a local boy, has fallen under the spell of an amulet with a sinister history reaching back almost three centuries to the town's founding. As the characters struggle to understand the amulet's malignant influence, they come to terms with their ordained roles in the impending showdown between Good and Evil. Kenyon gives his tale an impressive panoramic sweep that shows the horrors manifesting subtly and insidiously through the experiences of a large cast of characters. Though the climax is a chaotic jumble that doesn't answer all the questions raised along the way, it has an energy and enthusiasm that make up for the book's otherwise formulaic plotting. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Driven by the voices in his head, ex-convict Billy Smith kidnaps a prostitute named Angel and takes her to the small New England town of White Falls. When Angel confesses that she has been having dreams and hearing voices as well, the unlikely pair work together to unravel the mystery that brought them to this town and to lay to rest the ghosts of their pasts. Kenyon's horror debut evokes an atmosphere of small-town claustrophobia as he brings his story to its inevitable conclusion. With a final twist worthy of V.C. Andrews, this tale of classic horror belongs in large libraries where readers are not offended by a few graphic sex scenes. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.