Monday, January 18, 2016

Desolation by Kristopher Rufty [4 stars]



From the Description


There’s no escaping your past. Especially when it wants revenge.

Grant Marlowe hoped taking his family to their mountain cabin for Christmas would reunite them after his alcoholic past had torn them apart, but it only puts them into a life and death struggle. On Christmas Eve, a stranger from Grant’s past invades the vacation home and takes his wife and children hostage. His agenda is simple—make Grant suffer the same torment that Grant’s drunken antics have caused him. Now Grant must confront his demons head on and fight for his family’s lives. Because this man has nothing left to lose. The only thing keeping him alive is misery—Grant’s misery.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. To learn more about Desolation or Kristopher Rufty follow along with the blog tour hosted by Erin at Oh, for the Hook of a Book.


Desolation is a fast paced descent into madness and revenge. The story is well written and gripping, peopled with wholly sympathetic characters. I felt horrible for both Grant and Dennis during the different parts of this story. It was as easy to empathize with Grant's need to redeem himself in the eyes of his family as it was to understand Dennis's need for revenge and closure. The result is bloody and terrifying. Kristopher Rufty has deftly captured the all too human flaws of these two broken men and the innocents who are caught in the crossfire. An intensely satisfying 4 star read.

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About the Author


Kristopher Rufty lives in North Carolina with his wife, three children, and the zoo they call their pets. He’s written various books, including The Vampire of Plainfield, Jagger, The Lurkers, The Lurking Season, The Skin Show, Pillowface, Proud Parents, and more, plus a slew of horror screenplays. He has also written and directed the independent horror films Psycho Holocaust, Rags, and Wicked Wood. If he goes more than two days without writing, he becomes very irritable and hard to be around, which is why he’s sent to his desk without supper often.

Praise for Kristopher Rufty

"Kristopher Rufty is the demented reincarnation of Richard Laymon!" --Jeff Strand


"A Dark Autumn is a wild gender role reversal of ‘I Spit On Your Grave,’ with gonzo nods to Norman Bates and ‘Friday The 13th’ thrown in for good measure. Kristopher Rufty delivers the goods yet again." --Bryan Smith, author of Kayla Undead and The Late Night Horror Show


"A creepy, gripping tale of horror. And it’s got one of the best death scenes I’ve read in a long time!" --Jeff Strand, author of Pressure and Dweller


"A powerhouse debut novel. Rufty’s prose will suck you in and hold you prisoner!" --Ronald Malfi, author of Floating Staircase and Snow


"An occult thriller with a new twist. Rufty juggles captivating characters, breakneck suspense, and insidious horror in a macabre story that will leave you feeling possessed by the end of it. Next time you think about taking that old Ouija board out...forget it!" –Edward Lee, author of Lucifer’s Lottery and City Infernal


We have a lot of books to giveaway from Krist! We have two audio books,  Oak Hollow  and  Pillowface  in one link. In the second link we have a signed print copy of  The Lurking Season  and two e-books,  Vampire of Plainfield  and  Bigfoot Beach.  Winners are chosen random via rafflecopter and are given choice of prize of order pulled. Any questions on raffle, please e-mail Erin Al-Mehairi, publicist, at

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