By Michael J. Moore
A HellBound Books Publishing LLC Book
Something awful is worming its way into Sedrow Woolley, a small hick town off (surprise!) Highway Twenty. Wasting no time, the opening chapter is a gut-punch, establishing Moore’s talent for making us effectively uncomfortable. Then we meet Conor Mitchell, a young mechanic pondering the future of his mostly carnal relationship with his girlfriend, Shelby. About the same time Shelly rescues a mangy mutt and turns his bachelor pad into its forever home, strange occurrences start piling up. A girl is hit by a car, then vanishes, folks acting way out of character, cops being unnaturally friendly. Add some terrible nightmares of Conor’s new dog trying to kill him and it all starts looking suspiciously connected. Only Connor and the town hobo have any idea what’s really going on when a mutant insectile species crawls from its hiding place among the town folk and the paranoia can no longer be ignored.
Every character and creature benefit from a unique set of motives, vices and flaws while the main focus rests on, Conor, a relatable blue-collar everyday kinda guy. His simple life, however, goes to hell when the invasive species sets out to mutate everything he knows and loves. Tugging our heart strings to lure us in close, the narrative fires away with unflinching violence and doesn’t shy from the gory details when needed. Adding to the chaos, Conor seems to have a strange connection to the creatures and can sense their collective subconscious thoughts as easily as they sense his.
With humanity at risk of extinction, it’s up to Conor and the hobo and plenty of blind courage to save the world. A white-knuckle finale providing more heart than you can throw a cockroach at awaits you on Highway Twenty in a debut novel worth bugging out over.
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