At the height of the Great Depression, thousands of families who have lost everything are left with no choice but to make the pilgrimage westward in search of a new life. Some will find what they're looking for. Some will not and will then be forced to make the long journey back home. Then there are the others, those who never make it to either place because they made a stop along the way in a town called Exodus, an abandoned silver mining town in eastern Arizona where nothing good ever happens and most folks never leave.
The Carlsons - John, his wife Anne, and their newborn baby James - are one of countless families heading west, and they're one of many unfortunate families who decide to make a stop in Exodus. The sign on the highway promises food and gas, both of which the Carlsons need. But the sign doesn't advertise all that Exodus has to offer.
It doesn't mention the torture.
Caught now in a horrifying world of madness, Anne has to fight to save her family, though doing so will push her to the very brink of her own sanity.
A horror novel for mature audiences only.
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- Todd (Toad) Vogel
In the wrong place at the wrong time...
Well, I sure got my horror itch scratched with this audiobook! I can certainly agree with the overwhelmingly positive ratings that this book received on Amazon and Audible. I suspect readers who gave the book low ratings were squicked out by the violence, sex, and gore. However, I'd argue 'caveat emptor' and encourage potential buyers to read the book description beforehand.
With this book, we get a nightmare scenario of a desperately poor, innocent Depression-era family who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As I was listening to the audiobook, I often thought of the movie(s) 'The Hills Have Eyes'. I wouldn't necessarily say that 'Exodus' rips off the movies, but I will say that if you enjoyed 'The Hills Have Eyes', you'll likely enjoy 'Exodus'. Similarly, if you found that 'The Hills Have Eyes' was too intense/stupid/gory/obscene, then you won't enjoy 'Exodus'.
I'm university-educated, have devoted thousands of hours of my life to volunteer work helping people, like kids and small animals, and enjoy a variety of fiction and non-fiction (I just finished writing a review of a non-fiction audiobook on Congressional dysfunction); thus, I'm prepared to defend myself against those who might accuse me of being a closet psychopath or otherwise horrible deviant because I enjoyed this story. The thing is, I think it's a really good horror story with elements of plausibility to enhance the creepy factor. We have vulnerable people who don't go looking for trouble but find it anyway. We have a family of crazy, incestuous people who have been isolated from society. We have a reasonable (albeit socially unacceptable) motive for the atrocities taking place. We have scenes of physical and psychological and sexual violence that is consistent with what we fear the most about being kidnapped. We have examples of how brutal and animalistic human nature could potentially be. We have a bittersweet ending. And, for the suckers for romance (such as myself), we have romantic threads - albeit some twisted ones. I think stories like these are great ways to play safely (and temporarily) in very dark mental sandboxes, although I can certainly understand why some would find this genre of fiction to be extremely distasteful.
The narration was excellent - a great tone and pace, no fiddling with falsetto female voices, contributing to the creepiness of the story. As other audiobook reviewers have already noted, it was very effective to play parts of the creepy song periodically throughout the audiobook!
I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Christine Newton