The day the devil came to the small town of Breathed, Ohio, it was in the form of an unassuming young boy, hot on the heels of hell's own heat wave.
Responding to a public notice, this figure sought and found his caller; a disenfranchised lawyer and father of two who had renounced his faith. Autopsy Bliss (a fitting name for a story about the devil) welcomed the 13 yr old boy going by the name of Sal into his home under the assumption he wan't the devil, but a runaway looking for a family.
Sal acclimatized to eventually being part of the warm and loving Bliss family, only for the town to destroy it - perhaps under his influence? A subtle menace or pure circumstantial?
The physiological horror that ensues throughout is complex, distributing and hard to stomach. Paranoia coupled with fanatical belief drives the devil to decay the town's hive mind and sensibilities. The big unresolved question is whether or not the devil is Sal or the townspeople themselves as a collective, cursed by the mere suggestion of the dark prince in their midst.
The Summer That Melted Everything is a lean horror that is more thought provoking than gore splatter.
It's certainly a book that will stay with me for a long time.
I was provided a copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Would I re-read? Likely
Fiction Filed under: Horror, Loss, Family Drama, General Fiction, The Devil,