• by Emilie J. Howard
  • Narrated by J. Scott Bennett
  • 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year was 1979. The small town of Lehem, Iowa, was a large clique - content and thriving. When one charming new resident enters the farming community, it's considered an anomaly. When a second stranger appears, it is a concern...Slaughtered livestock and humans are discovered during the full moon of June, forcing the sheriff and his deputies to take to arms.
When an unknown assailant targets young Peter Carston, hackles and guns are raised as questions float to the surface of a bloody pool. Peter hopes those questions will be answered in time but is unsure. The next full moon approaches, and time becomes precious for the residents of the small Midwest township. The pressure is on to save their close-knit community before it becomes Satan's playground. Of course, it won't be easy catching the killer. It seldom is.
Just as the population believes the nightmare might be over, it begins anew. The residents begin to wonder if they're stuck in a strange vortex of blood and gore. Groups of invaders filled with mal intent try to overtake their territory, only to be met by a rag-tag force that few communities could boast about.
This winding tale will not only introduce you to the small society of Lehem, but also to their holiday traditions and the Warfield family. Who and what they are is for the listener to discover. Welcome to the miasma called Depravity.


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A fun Three Parter

I must admit up front, I am a big horror fan, and the summary of the book sounded pretty interesting, but I did have a bit of a pause given the title of the book. I was a bit worried that it might just be over the top highly graphic that the title might indicate. If you were likewise concerned, it isn't. It is definitely a bit gruesome, but not what I'd classify in any way gratuitous. I got this as a free review copy from audiobookblast. I'm always looking out for new books in genres I like by new authors, ones that I might not necessarily be willing to try blind, so like to get the opportunity to check out new talent.

The book was structured in three parts, presented as a book, but each are a good sequential part of the story, each with a different theme. Book one was concerned with a murderous drug addicted killer wreaking havoc. Book two was centered on a lot of the same characters, plus the family of the killer. I was initially concerned that it was going down as a straight plain anti-authorities revenge story (which I admit really annoys me) but it wasn't. It was actually a bit of an unexpected twist. Book 3 was probably the third best tale of the bunch, but I did like and appreciate how the law took charge in a satisfying way. It was odd that the book was specifically set in 1979. It definitely fit, but the story to me felt pretty timeless, and wasn't relying on story elements that would be restricted to any time period (eg it wasn't like there were situations where it wouldn't work modern days as everyone has cell phones, and internet to look up stuff). But that said, the story itself being written that way is quite neat. It wasn't that the author was deliberately trying to do something making a statement about a particular time period.

I loved the narration too. The characterization of a lot of the old timers, both male and female were so well done, and often put a smile on my face.
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- Michael Oberhardt

Darkly Delicious!!!

Whoa, what a book. I thought her Cold Hollow setting was good, but Lehem was even better!! Told in 3 parts, the first with a serial killer, second with the serial killers brother and third with their dad and a creepy ass dude!! Lol. The summary above says it all so I'll just get straight to my thoughts.

Starting off, you think you know where this is going, but you don't!! I've read a few other books by this author and have come to realise she is the mistress of suspense and twists and turns! This author knows how to grab your attention and then, bam, turn what you think you know and throw it out the window! This book is no different. I thought I figured out what was what, but I had no idea!! I mean in the second part which deals with the brother, I thought he was something he wasn't!! The author completely blindsided me with the way he was. (Sorry for being so vague, but I really don't want to spoil anything).

The characters in this were all awesome, even the bad ones!! So well written and developed, that you find yourself invested in every single one. I think Jack and Stella were my favourite ones!

The plot was fast paced and intense. I plugged in my headphones intending to listen to an hour or so before bed, but ended up listening for 3. I was exhausted the next day but it was well worth it. This would make an amazing TV series!!!

Thrilling and gripping, this book is a must read! This author has really managed to squirm her way onto my "authors to watch" list. She has proved time and time again that she delivers! I so want more from this town and these characters!!

I don't think I can say anything about the narrator, that I haven't said before. He just does an amazing job every time. He consistently delivers and always ups his game. He is a narrator I always recommend :)

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2015
  • Publisher: Emilie J Howard