Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cypress House by Michael Koryta

The Cypress House by Michael Koryta

I knew I was going to be stuck in my house this weekend, possibly with no power, so I needed the PERFECT book to read.  I managed to find a great psychological thriller/horror book taking place during and after a hurricane.  I totally recommend this one when the wind is howling outside your windows.  My fingers are crossed that no one else will be reading this one during a hurricane anytime soon!

It’s Labor Day weekend in 1935 and Arlen Wagner is on a train headed to the Keys to work on the CCC project to build massive bridges between the islands.  But when he awakens from a dose he notices that all of his fellow passengers have grey smoke in their eyes.  He knows everyone on that train will die, and soon.  He tries to warn his fellow passengers but they laugh him off, all except his friend Paul who gets off the train with Arlen at the next stop.  Arlen and Paul hitchhike across Florida, hoping to hook up with another camp, when they learn that the Keys have been wiped out by a massive hurricane.  All the men that were on the train are dead, the hurricane which killed them is headed their way, and they are stuck at the very odd establishment known as Cypress House.

Corrupt officials, strange goings on, ex-cons, swamps, are all here.  If you have a hard time with the supernatural, the only thing eerie going on is one man’s ability to see when people are about to die.  If you are in the mood for a good thriller with a little bit of a scare to it, try this one.