The New York Times Bestselling author, who was raised in the “Crescent City”, has written a frightening book that reads like a love letter to the city he left behind and a warning that not all memories are real and some just hide our monsters.
The tale of three childhood friends torn apart by a mysterious disappearance and the strange behavior it causes in those around them helps make “The Heavens Rise” a true page-turner and one helluva great ride.
Niquette Delongpre is your typical teenage girl. A good student, she is deeply in love with the handsome and strong Anthem Landry and best friends with the incredibly smart Ben Broyard. A future of endless possibilities awaits her.
That is until someone else, filled with jealousy and rage begins a string of terrifying events that alters the young trio’s lives forever.
During the course of the novel, the reader is introduced to different aspects of everyday life in New Orleans both pre and post Hurricane Katrina.
Through the characters eyes and Mr. Rice’s skill as a writer, we can almost sense the heaviness in the air and smell the swamp where Niquette’s Father and Mother have built their dream home, Elysium.
When Anthem pilots one of the many cargo freighters that travel down the Mississippi River, we are with him as the wind whips at his face and the ship sways with the movement of the waves.
And most of all, through images described by an author who knows of what he writes, and the words of the characters that have lived, loved and died there, we can feel the loss of the New Orleans that once was and witness the major changes that have made it into the new city it is today.
In fact, change or metamorphosis is an integral part of the story. In the novel, we watch as each character, including New Orleans, is forever changed by forces beyond their control.
The ability to take over someone’s mind and make them do your bidding, for good or evil, and the endless possibilities that come from that power are all presented by Christopher Rice in ways that will have you seeing monsters that can only come from our own nightmares, images that will stay with you long after you have closed the book.
Mr. Rice has created characters that illicit strong emotion in the reader. You will either hate them or love them, care for them or want to see them dead, but you will feel something.
The author has admitted to wanting to write a supernatural thriller for some time, but was discouraged by others against it. We can’t imagine why.
In “The Heavens Rise”, Christopher Rice has succeeded in writing a riveting supernatural page turner, fill of suspense and terrifying images. He has also made it clear that he has forgiven New Orleans for any past transgressions and will keep it forever in his heart.
"The Heavens Rise" is a roller-coaster ride well worth the price of a ticket.
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