The Ridge - Michael Koryta
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
1 Sep 2011
For once writing a review is pretty simple. Michael Koryta’s latest novel, The Ridge, is close to being the perfect ghost story.
On an isolated ridge in the Kentucky woods stands a homemade lighthouse, hundreds of miles from any substantial body of water. Local reporter Roy Darmus has always found it an amusing oddity- until he is selected as the recipient of a suicide note from its builder. Roy enters the bizarre structure to find the walls covered in maps bearing the names of the dead - including his own parents, who were killed in a car accident when he was a boy. Roy soon has a storytelling assignment more daunting than anything he's seen before: convincing people that an age-old legend has in fact come to life.
Following up on the much acclaimed The Cypress House and So Cold The River is not an easy mission, yet thanks to cut-to-the-bone prose and a descriptive narrative that places the reader firmly “on scene”, Koryta has managed to excel himself in this tale of love, foreboding and redemption.
It also helps that the characters are so personable and that the plot – unlike many such novels in this genre – is credible in a way that Stephen King pulls off so often and so well, but nevertheless stands out from the crowd with a style that is utterly unique.
Captivating, intriguing, frantic, tense and lightening quick, Michael Koryta’s The Ridge is undoubtedly a must read novel that will have readers begging for more of the same from this scintillating author.
Michael Koryta interview - September 2011 by Chris High
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