Review: Ararat by Christopher Golden

May 5, 2017 Horror, Review 0

I received this book for free from personal copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Ararat by Christopher GoldenArarat by Christopher Golden
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 18, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Supernatural, Thrillers
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: personal copy
An earthquake on Mount Ararat in Turkey reveals a hidden chamber.  Upon exploration, a band of researches discover what they believe to be Noah's Ark, buried within the mountain itself.  A team of researchers, scholars, government officials and religious representatives quickly descend into the cave.

Beyond the remnants of the ark and it's passengers, they also discover a foreboding stowaway.  It is soon relevant they have discovered something far more than a religious relic, but an evil, dark and deadly, prisoner for centuries within the rubble, now free.

Christopher Golden excels at crafting the most chilling horror reads. I devoured his previous book, Snowblind, and this most recent novel shared the same fate.

Golden uses the setting, in both cases a frigid, treacherous blizzard, as a character within itself. In this case, a blizzard holds this team hostage in a cavern full of pure and murderous evil, but then also provides a cover for the killer, hiding evidence until it is too late.

Additionally, the characters the author crafts are completely flawed, thrown into this high-stress, deadly situation and forced to fend for themselves. This adds to the tension, fuels the evil that resides within the cavern.

Golden’s horror novels are a slow burn…the embers start small but gain in intensity and strength.  Though over 300 pages, I read this in just one sitting.  I’m still amazed and it’s been a week since I finished the read.  Golden is an author you’ll want to add to your favorites list, guaranteed.  Highly, highly recommended.

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