Little Heaven by Nick Cutter takes readers on a trip to the middle of nowhere, New Mexico to a strange cult. Little do the four main travelers know, things will not go as planned. Nick Cutter drops three mercenaries into a place called Little Heaven, where a reverend is living with a group of his followers. The road trip to this place is vividly described, and gives a good idea of just how bleak of a place it would look like to outsiders. Miles from civilization, it’s a hard place to get out of, as the main characters find out.
The story gives us some back story on Minerva, Eb, and Micah, the three mercenaries. It also flips between time periods throughout the book to show how things come full circle in the end. When I first read the description for this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect as someone whose knowledge of horror novels pretty much only extends to Stephen King. I also don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that I truly found scary. In Cold Blood might be the closest any book has ever come, and that’s likely because it’s a true story. Despite this, the book was a solid read. It had some twists and turns that were unexpected, which is what kept me into the book. It initially started off as a slow read, but once the mercenaries and Ellen, who was looking for her nephew, head to Little Heaven, the book begins to shine.
This comes in at almost 500 pages so it’s no small feat to get through it. At times, it will feel slow, which was mostly in the more current passages for me. There also could have been a bit more meat to each of the mercenaries considering how long the book is. While the characters were still solid, at times it felt like they didn’t have much to do, especially once in Little Heaven. Nick Cutter’s writing style is pleasant to read and it’s clear that he takes his time to carefully craft descriptions, which stood out in regards to the various locations.
All that said, I still enjoyed a good chunk of the book, enough to say that if you’re into horror novels, you should at least check it out. If you are interested, you can grab a copy of the book here, which is now out today.