The Evil One
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 5 stars
Cassie McDermott determines to
take her five year old brother, or is he, and return home to
New Mexico where she hopes to find the father she has not seen
in years. Life with mom, a drug abusing, child abusing, hooker
has become too much to bear. Cassie is filled with resolve to
get herself and Ethan completely away from her and the continuing
abuse they have suffered. Cassie disappears and Ethan, bright
despite not being able to speak is suddenly alone in a motel
room with only a card bearing the name of RN now secretary Solana
Rodriguez. Rodriguez just happens to work for PI Trent Matthews.
Between Solana and Matthews' daughter Jen the two women convince
Trent that they must begin hunting for Cassie right away. Their
appetite for action is augmented by the fact that a serial killer
of pretty young blondes has already struck their area many times
in the past. Cassie is another pretty young blonde.
Toss in a 'seer' who suffers
nosebleeds when she has visions induced by The Evil One to round
out the cast of characters found in this excellent suspense filled
tale. She is only able to extinguish the hold The Evil One has
over her as she sketches the gruesome details of what this vile
creature has in store for The Innocent Ones he lures in order
to 'set them free.'
The Evil One offered by Louise Klement is a chilling, page turner
that will keep you riveted from the opening paragraph straight
through to the end of the book. Writer/Reviewer Klement, well
known for her 'Sallie Mae' series has crafted a gripping roller
coaster of chills and excitement for the reader in her suspenseful
horror work. Most disconcerting for me personally as I read
the account: The Evil One embraces a madman's theme which has
been found in real life as a demented character decides to do
the impossible for those he has decided need his help. BRRRR!
Now THAT is a frightening notion. Do not want to meet this
one in an open field on a clear day much less in a dark alley.
The Evil One serial killer introduced
by Klement will turn your blood cold as you read of the doings
of this unbalanced psychotic. Each of the various characters
you will meet in The Evil One are plausible, engage in believable,
animated dialogue and are plagued with the same human flaws as
beset all of us. The concerns shown for Cassie and Ethan are
ones we can feel and understand.
Klement combines a darn good
mystery with suspense filled horror in this well written narrative.
Caution: This is NOT a nice little rainy evening by the fire
when you are home all by yourself novel.