Thursday, June 2, 2011

THE CYPRESS HOUSE: A REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED 
THE CYPRESS HOUSE
BY MICHAEL KORYTA

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Arlen Wagner has seen it in men before-a trace of smoke in their eyes that promises imminent death. He is never wrong. So when he awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he abandons the train with 19-year-old Paul Brickhill. Soon, they stranded at the Cypress House-directly in the path of a hurricane. There are much deadlier threats than the storm in this place, and Arlen's eerie gift warns that they'll never leave. From its chilling beginning to terrifying end, The Cypress House is a story of relentless suspense from "one of the best of the best" (Michael Connelly).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael Koryta is the author of six previous novels, including Envy the Night, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery/thriller, and the Lincoln Perry series, which has earned nominations for the Edgar, Shamus, and Quill awards and won the Great Lakes Book Award. His work has been translated into twenty languages. A former private investigator and newspaper reporter, Koryta lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida.

REVIEW:
This is an interesting book. Set in the Great Recession, The Cypress House is a supernatural thriller with echoes of Tennessee Williams meets Stephen King. It's intimate story, with great characters, an eerie plot. The tension never lets up, which makes for a real fingernail chewer. I thought the sense of the times was spot on, but I'm not a student of depression-era fiction.  I got through it in record time for me and was fascinated the whole way. If it doesn't have a movie deal, it should. I'd see it. So would you.
---Guest Reviewer: Larry DeLeon. Larry is a managing director and a supervising producer who makes his home in Charlotte, N. C. with his lovely wife, precious puppy, and a "mystery" cat. Thank you again, Larry. Larry's most recent Guest Review for my blog is ALTAR OF BONES
 
GIVEAWAY

I HAVE ONE COPY MYSELF 
OF THE CYPRESS HOUSE TO
GIVE AWAY TO ONE LUCKY READER!
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
 

COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!

HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU READ ABOVE ABOUT THE CYPRESS HOUSE AND DON'T FORGET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING WHEN YOU VISIT AUTHOR MICHAEL KORYTA'S WEBSITE HERE

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+1 (+2?) MORE ENTRIES: GAIN ANOTHER ENTRY BY ENTERING FOR ONE OF MY GIVEAWAYS CURRENTLY WITH LOW ENTRIES: A TIME FOR PATRIOTS  HERE AND/OR A WORLD OF CAKE BY GOING HERE

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, JUNE 11

113 comments:

dogwood said...

The Tennessee Williams meets Steven King comment got me... Bingo hasn't steered me wrong yet!


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dogwood said...

I learned how to properly pronounce his name thanks to his website!

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This book would be unforgettable and has a mystique to it. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

MJ said...

Living in the South, hurricane and mystery sounds like a great combination!!

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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a good story. Kind of eerie. Enjoyed your guest reviewer.

(Could you tell me about Larry's mystery cat, please.)

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Linda Kish said...

I'm glad I learned how to pronounce Michael's last name. It has driven me crazy.

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debbie said...

I like the idea, that he can see death in someone's eyes. It sounds like my kind of book.
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Tore said...

This sounds like an excellent book. It sounds scary. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read the book. Tore923@aol.com

Connie said...

Hi! It sounds like a great suspense novel that I would enjoy reading. Especially when they land in a middle of hurricane I know this book has great action involved. :)

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Carol N Wong said...

I love that it is set in the Great recession and that the main character works for the CCC. My father and many of his friends worked in the CCC.

I also like that the author lives in what I consider my hometown. Just by living in that town, I know which paper he worked for, that he was able to take advantage of the wonderful Indiana University Library and he probably goes to Brown County State Park in October.

Michael Connelly has high praise for him.

I really want to read this book.

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Carol N Wong said...

What I liked about the author's site was the description of his book. There I was reminded that even though I entered twenty contests for "So Cold the River", that I never won it! So I added that to my to buy list. That book is set in West Baden, Indiana and there is an wonderful old resort there. It is not to far from basketball's Larry Byrd grew up.


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Carol N Wong said...

My Twitter name is Carolee888 and I tweeted:


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Carol N Wong said...

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mamabunny13 said...

I got the shivers! Now I HAVE to read it. lol
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I learn he is the author of six novels.
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lag123 said...

Suspense/hurricanes/Depression Era! Sounds good. Loved the review Larry!

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lag123 said...

I would also like to read the author's book The Ridge. That one sounds like a pageturner too.

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rubynreba said...

I'd like to read the book because it sounds so mysterious and I also liked the Tennessee Williams - Steven King comment.
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I read about his novel The Ridge which sounds very interesting.
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Carol W. said...

The words "fingernail chewer", "eerie", "thriller", etc. make me want to read this one!

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Carol W. said...

I learned that the author has written both standalone novels and a series.


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Pamela Keener said...

Whant an intriguing mix of genres I think my SO & I would enjoy reading this.
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Anita Yancey said...

I looked around the author's site, and I found all of his books very interesting. I am very interested in reading Envy The Night.

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Bethie said...

How interesting that he can see death's telltale signs.

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