The Ridge

  • by Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by Robert Petkoff
  • 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In an isolated stretch of Eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark - until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.
For Deputy Sheriff Kevin Kimble, the lighthouse-keeper's death is disturbing and personal. Years ago Kimble was shot while on duty. Somehow the death suggests a connection between the lighthouse and the most terrifying moment of his life.
Audrey Clark is in the midst of moving her large-cat sanctuary onto land adjacent to the lighthouse. Sixty-seven tigers, lions, and leopards and one legendary black panther are about to have a new home there. Her husband, the sanctuary's founder, died scouting the new property, and Audrey is determined to see his vision through.
As strange occurrences multiply at the Ridge, the animals grow ever more restless, and Kimble and Audrey try to understand what evil forces are moving through this ancient landscape, just past the divide between dark and light.
The Ridge is the new thriller from international best seller Michael Koryta, further evidence of why Dean Koontz has said "Michael Koryta's work resonates into deeper strata than does most of what I read" and why Michael Connelly has named him "one of the best of the best."

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Better than Koontz

If you like suspense with a more than touch of the paranormal, you won't be disappointed here. I've heard comparisons between Michael Koryta and Dean Koontz, but I prefer Koryta. After producing "Watchers", a really first rate, well-developed and enjoyable suspense novel, and a couple of others with some imagination, Koontz has progressively sunk into a pattern of cycling vicious violence, underdeveloped characters, and weirdness that never quite makes the cut to believable. What can I say? It sells. Koryta, however, has so far avoided this trap. "The Ridge", as well as "The Cypress House" has all the elements that attract readers to the best of Koontz, but unlike Koontz, he has retained his subtlety.
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For when you're itching for a spooky story...

I've been bouncing around between books for months now, trying to find something that captured my attention. This book did the trick. One of the other reviewers compared it to a campfire story, and I would agree that the base of this book had that type of base. But while that reviewer considered that a negative, I loved that aspect of it. Campfire stories have to cut right to those deeper situations that make people shiver. It wasn't a jump out of your seat, get nightmares scary by any means, but it made me think a lot during it and I was delighted at the imagery and the storytelling. Come on, a lighthouse in the middle of the woods? That image immediately makes you curious, and there are so many instances of those types of strong, lasting images throughout.

The reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I reserve 5 star books for those I absolutely cannot put down. The ones that make my guts wrench with some sort of emotion, either grief or excitement or tension, and this book was more of a fun, solid ride than a truly epic one. The author also gave some good characters that brought us through the book, and they did the job well, but I do love when relationships (meaning friendships, romances, trust, animosity) develop or change in big ways over the course of a novel, and that didn't happen in this one--the characters were more allies that happened to be working toward the same cause than ever developing any real feelings or connections to each other. But I would have given it far less stars if I thought this got in the way of the storytelling. I don't find books I love on a 5-star level very often, so take that rating keeping in mind that I may be particularly hard to please.

The narration was great. This audiobook actually dabbled in sound effects (slight echoing for over-the-telephone, spooky background music at supernatural parts). At first, I thought it was kind of cheesy, but I grew to like it and found it actually pretty effective at creating a mood.

This book is less of a lightning fast scream ride, and more of a thoughtful, get under your skin, character-developing campfire-esque tale. Though it's not quite a ghost story, it's a story for those who like that vibe. If you're not intrigued by the sample above, maybe this isn't for you.

All I can say is it's the first book in a while that I'm going to recommend to friends.
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- Brandilyn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-08-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio