BAD JUJU BY RANDY CHANDLER
Dark forces are afoot in Vinewood, Georgia, a deceptively sleepy town where the dead don’t stay dead and a sinkhole is as sinister as it is deadly. Violent events both natural and supernatural build to a chaotic crescendo of horrors that will threaten the entire town and everyone in it.
An odd handful of townsfolk put their lives on the line to save the town, but the darkness may swallow them up before they have a chance.
Randy Chandler is one of those authors, who I have seen talked about, sometimes whispered about, in the dark corners of the internet. These, whispers were always full of high praise. As to why it has taken me so long to actually read a full length novel by Randy, I do not know, but I am extremely glad that after all this time I picked up Bad Juju.
I’m a big fan of the town under siege by dark forces novels, I like who the large cast of characters allows for a multi threaded plot, that keeps the reader engrossed in the story from the outset.
Bad Juju has this in bucket loads, you want serial killers? You want dark long forgtton evil, you’ve got it. You want a right nasty family that has terrorised the town for years you’ve got it. Randy weaves all these plots and more into a wonderfully thrilling and chilling narrative, that thunders along to an explosive ending. Randy’s writing is tight, without a wasted word. If this book had been written by the master of this sort of thing, you would get a hernia from just picking it up. Thankfully Randy keeps the story and history of the town to just the right level, as a reader you won’t get bogged down by a huge amount of back story.
This is a brilliant book, and ranks right up there with James A Moore’s Serenity Falls as my favourite town under siege by evil novels of all time