A Southern gothic novel about an undertaker who won’t let the dead rest.
Suspecting that something is amiss with their father’s burial, teenager Kenneth Tyler and his sister Corrie venture to his gravesite and make a horrific discovery: their father, a whiskey bootlegger, was not actually buried in the casket they bought for him. Worse, they learn that the undertaker, Fenton Breece, has been grotesquely manipulating the dead.
Armed with incriminating photographs, Tyler becomes obsessed with bringing the perverse undertaker to justice. But first, he must outrun Granville Sutter, a local strongman and convicted murderer hired by Fenton to destroy the evidence. What follows is an adventure through the Harrikin, an eerie backwoods filled with tangled roads, rusted machinery, and eccentric squatters–old men, witches, and families among them–who both shield and imperil Tyler as he runs for safety.
With his poetic, haunting prose, William Gay rewrites the rules of the gothic fairy tale while exploring the classic Southern themes of good and evil.
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Review: TwilightUser Review - Ned Mozier - Goodreads
This rather macabre story is a treat, especially the point of view of the kids as they confront with courage the terrors of humankind. The villains are subtly and skillfully developed. It's a page turner too, set in the south. Interested to see what Matt thinks. Read full review
Review: TwilightUser Review - LibraryCin - Goodreads
2.5 stars When teenage siblings, Corrie and Tyler (actually, Kenneth – Tyler is their last name), suspect something odd about the town undertaker (Breece), they dig up their father's grave (and a few ... Read full review