I was one of the few lucky people who received an advanced copy of Christopher Rice's supernatural novel The Heaven's Rise. The first and most important thing you need to know about this novel is, that no matter how good you are at figuring out a book's end, I'll assure you, you'll never guess the end of this book, because it has more twists and turns than a street in San Francisco. In other words, this novel keeps you glued to the page from beginning to end. I started reading it during break at work, and ended up continuing reading it at home and didn't let go of it till I was done the following day!
The setting is present day New Orleans (if you've read other novels from Christopher Rice you know that he hasn't visited this setting since his debut novel A Density of Souls). The novel explains the aftermath of when Niquette Delongpre and her family go mysteriously missing and how this has affected the lives of her boyfriend Anthem, her creepy suitor Marshall, and best friend Ben. The only person who may know what happened to Niquette is Marshall (who is in a comatose state). The book changes perspectives and shifts between characters and years back and forth (for some reason I'm always intrigued by multiple perspectives and getting to know the back history of how something that occurred beforehand affects the characters now). The reader gets easily sucked into a fascinating vortex that leads one on a journey that begins with an innocuous pool and ends with one of the most terrifying battles ensued in a novel yet.
Rice has created an intriguing web of characters, and shows how sometimes love triangles can go awry. The Heaven's Rise is a coming-of-age novel heavily doused with creepy supernatural moments that create a superb tension and make you question whether or not you should turn your lights off after reading it.
What better way to start your October than with a good dose of monsters and a mystery? Check out the trailer for the novel here, and be sure to order your copy, because if you're looking for a must-read of 2013, you just found it.