I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Everything the Darkness Eats by Eric LaRocca
Published by Titan Books Limited on 3 July 2023
Genres: Horror, Fucked Up
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: PR Company
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An insidious darkness threatens to devastate a rural New England village when occult forces are conjured and when bigotry is left unrestrained.
After a recent string of disappearances in a small Connecticut town, a grieving widower with a grim secret is drawn into a dangerous ritual of dark magic by a powerful and mysterious older gentleman named Heart Crowley. Meanwhile, a member of local law enforcement tasked with uncovering the culprit responsible for the bizarre disappearances soon begins to learn of a current of unbridled hatred simmering beneath the guise of the town's idyllic community -- a hatred that will eventually burst and forever change the lives of those who once found peace in the quiet town of Henley's Edge.
From the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of the viral sensation, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, Everything the Darkness Eats is a haunting supernatural thriller from a new and exciting voice in genre fiction.
Everything the Darkness Eats fizzles with tension, the pages just turn of their own volition. A fierce exploration of grief and power. LaRocca hits you with yet another viscerally compulsive story.
You can trust Eric LaRocca to hit that fucked up o’metre and turn your quiet reading day into a bubbling cauldron of angst and apprehension.
Everything the Darkness Eats is like LaRocca’s other books, in that, the titles are designed to make you think. His presence is everywhere and with a unique writing style all his own I am his ultimate fan. He’s an auto buy author because well, where else can you indulge in your intrusive thoughts because that is what Mr LaRocca indulges their readers in – intrusive ecstasy.
I couldn’t resist this story with deeply sympathetic characters like Ghost and Piper I was a goner. Nothing makes me fall into a story faster and harder than one that is character driven. I imagined Piper’s inability to see not as a disability but a strength. Her senses are heightened by touch and emotions. Her capacity to trust without seeing facial expressions made me love her all the more.
This is LaRocca’s first full length novel and boy did it pack a punch. I’ve enjoyed experiencing his affinity for writing about humanity, whether that’s how it breaks down in trauma or how hope shines through even in the darkest of times. Within a few pages, I felt like I was back at home – if home was a gothic cathedral of shadows and lingering threats. I held this story dear, my hands protecting a fragile creature, I felt its heart and braced myself for the onslaught of obscurity.
The story is told in dual POV, that of Ghost and Malik, a small-town cop investigating the numerous disappearances of elderly residents. Ghost is a widower, and I felt such sympathy for his mental state after losing both his wife and unborn child in a car accident. He’s in a stranglehold of grief and is plagued with a monster that resides around his throat (I took this to be the living embodiment of his grief, his guilty conscience.)
Malik a cop who lives in a small town with his husband, Brett. They very quickly are at the centre of a homophobic attack. It drives me insane how small minded some communities can be and was shocked that the very department Malik works for can take the attack as a signifier of how they behave. These two storylines interweave together and rush headlong in the conclusion.
The way the author examined the flaws of humanity was well, flawless. What would we do in order to get back that to which we have lost? The answer is simple and unconvoluted. Absolutely anything. LaRocca has shown that with dazzling brightness that we are searching for the lost parts of us and will stop at nothing to get it back.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eric LaRocca (he/they) is the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated and Splatterpunk Award-winning author of several works of horror and dark fiction, including the viral sensation, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke. A lover of luxury fashion and an admirer of European musical theatre, Eric can often be found roaming the streets of his home city, Boston, MA, for inspiration.