The Ridge by Michael Koryta

Why would someone build a lighthouse in the middle of the woods?  A curious landmark for years, given its location in an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, the strange, pulsing light in the abandoned mining country hasn’t warranted much attention until recently.  The creation of a large-cat sanctuary nearby changes things, however.  Wyatt French, builder of the lighthouse, is not happy that the sanctuary will bring visitors to his neck of the woods; Audrey Clark, owner of the sanctuary, is not happy that the lighthouse illuminates the area so brightly.  Things come to a head when French places cryptic calls to deputy sheriff Kevin Kimble and local journalist Roy Darmus before committing suicide.  He wants Kimble to investigate his suicide and he wants Darmus to keep the light on.

LOVED this book!!!  Part ghost story, part mystery–all thriller.  The mystery hooked me–why was the town drunk obsessed with accidents occurring within the vicinity of  Blade Ridge, why was he terrified of the dark, and why did he kill himself when he obviously didn’t want to?  The supernatural feel was perfect–an eerie blue flame that appears to a select few, the reaction of the cats to their new home, the troubled history Darmus discovers as he researches the maps and photos French had pinned up on his unfinished walls.  I could not put this book down.

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    April Lashbrook said,

    Yay! I’m so glad you liked it. I was completely hooked, reading until 2 in the morning. When I took the dog out before going to sleep, I was a little nervous, looking around for a blue light!


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