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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Description: In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark-until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.
Review: This was the first Michael Koryta book that I picked up and it certainly won’t be the last. Within the first couple pages, Koryta caught my attention with a mysterious phone call that asked a very interesting question, “Which would you rather have: a homicide or a suicide?” That caught my attention to say the least. Koryta throws in a number of characters into this story and while it isn’t difficult to remember them all, there was a need for more background and development on a selected few. For example, it was hard to be invested in Jacqueline and Kevin’s relationship to one another when there was only an outline of how they came together. However, I enjoyed Audrey’s storyline as Koryta developed and transformed her from an insecure woman to one who knows what she is capable of. I like the idea of a mystery surrounding a death. To think that a death may not be what it seems and upon further investigation, there’s a supernatural mystery behind it? Naturally, I was bursting with curiosity. There were many times in the book where I thought I had it figured out only to be thwarted by the next page/chapter, it definitely threw me for a loop… though I would like to say that one of my theories were correct!
Consensus: I had a few issues with the character development in this book and I wanted more dimension from a number of them, however, Koryta’s story was captivating and kept me intrigued until the very end. He does a great job drawing the reader in and honestly, you won’t want to put down the book until it’s over. If you like mystery mixed with a supernatural feel, check out The Ridge.
Now onward to another Michael Koryta book, So Cold the River!
Carin’s take: This was also my first Michael Koryta and I, too, was impressed. There was nothing particularly intriguing about his diction, but he’s a great story teller and he knows how to get the reader’s attention and hold it. The Ridge would get 4.5 out of 5 stars for can’t-put-down-ability, 3 out of 5 stars for diction, 4 out of 5 stars for creativity (not many thriller writers go the supernatural route while still avoiding sci-fi classification), but only a 2.5 out of 5 for strength of story. I wish he developed characters and motives a little more and made the ghost stories more comprehensible. But Koryta’s young, and I heard So Cold the River was a lot stronger, so I still have faith that he will be one of my favorite thriller writers.
Caution! Spoilers ahead! Notes & Observations from the intern book club —