In a quiet country church, a Sunday service becomes a living hell for a group of unsuspecting parishioners. When an ancient entity takes over the congregation claiming it as its own, the horrified churchgoers are shown the power of the Behemoth in all its ghastly detail. With the threat of losing everything – including their lives – the group must make a terrifying decision.
This is Craig Stewart’s first novel and an it’s absolute corker. Taking a group of hapless parishioners and pitting them against each other, Stewart’s characters are well-drawn and completely human. Nevertheless, he unpicks their petty jealousies, irritations and prejudices, revealing them for what they truly are. The action (and there’s plenty of it), is gory and bloody, giving the author a chance to show off his descriptive powers.
This is not a book for the timid, the fearful, or the fainthearted and it’s probably not one to read in bed on a dark and windy night. Stephen King – watch out!