TITLE: The Children of Lot
AUTHOR: Vic Kerry
Overall: ★★★★ (3.5)
Life as a middle school principal can be humdrum, and so was the case for Suzanne Clay. Every day it was the same thing, filling out detention slips and dealing with fist fights between boys and the cliquishness among prepubescent girls.
Everything changed when she met the Children of Lot and got caught up in their strange prophecy.
Along with Suzanne, the special education teacher and a handful of students find themselves locked in a potentially deadly and mind-altering encounter with the Children of Lot.
It is an encounter that will test everything within Suzanne just to survive and get her students out of harm’s way. At every step, a new danger rears its horrible head, and she battles wits with the sly and crafty leader of the cult, who will stop at nothing to make sure God smiles on his people.
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THE CRITICAL POINTS
Let me start by saying that I purchased this book from an author event where I got to meet and discuss the story with the actual author. He explained it as a horror story dealing with a cult. Intriguing, right? I thought so too. After reading it, I wouldn’t classify it as horror, it wasn’t scary – at least not to me – but it does deal with the gruesome details of a cult.
WRITING: The Children of Lot was Vic Kerry’s debut novel and although he has some wonderfully developed characters, the novel is riddled with editing issues and typos. This did not dissuade me from finished the story, but I know that there are many readers out there that would have put the book down after the first chapter. I only point this out because if you like cult stories, I want you to keep reading. Don’t give up just because of some typos and missed words.
Although this book wasn’t really my cup of tea, and I did find it to be a bit predictable, I will say that Kerry has created a solid story. There are no plot holes – he resolves every issue you can come up with – and his character development is perfect. You can picture each character and you know what their life was like before the book and even imagine what it will become long after the story within the books pages.
STORY: The Children of Lot takes place in the deep Alabama south, and tells the story of the Hassle family – A CULT – as they try to fulfil the scriptures found in the Book of Lot (a new book of the bible that their ancestors wrote). I won’t give anything away, you’ll have to read the book to find out what the Book of Lot says, but trust me you won’t find anything like it in the bible at church.
APPEARANCE: The cover shows a red barn off in the distance and a hanging dead pig in the forefront. It is gruesome, but it does relate perfectly to the story held within its pages. It isn’t a book I would have picked up if I had passed it in the book store, but I’m glad I stuck with it and read the full story.
MY FAVORITE QUOTE: I don’t have one with this book.
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