Ben thought he had the neighbor from hell. He didn’t know how right he was. . . .
Ben McKelvie believes he’s moving up in the world when he and his fiancée buy a house in the cushy Washington, D.C., suburb of Barcroft. Instead, he’s moving down—way down—thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin-infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health.
First, Ben’s fiancée leaves him; then, his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine’s noxious menagerie. But the worst is yet to come for Ben, for he’s not dealing with any ordinary wild animal. This killer is something much, much worse. Something that couldn’t possibly exist—in this world.
Now, as a devilish creature stalks the locals, Ben resolves to take action. With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self-styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals.
OK, this is more my speed. This book started off with a bang and kept on delivering through the entire thing. I started this last night but had to put it down because I was certain it was going to give me nightmares. It did. I finished it today.
I loved the mythology and lore surrounding the creature and it’s motives. Really an improvement over serial killers who torture people. This book also was more my speed when it came to gore. You knew the creature killed people but there wasn’t the blood and guts that other books have lately. The creature was scary and creepy – it made me think twice about going out the back door to let the dogs out to go potty.
Great descriptions, interesting characters, and smatterings of the supernatural…doesn’t get much better than that. What fun! There is a sequel out, you know I’m going to be checking that out! I give the book an A+ – it is one I have to own for sure. 🙂