Friday Finds: A Dark Matter

A Dark Matter by Peter Straub

 Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading.

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru in the 1960s, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favors of his young acolytes. After he invites his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow, the only thing that remains is a gruesomely dismembered body—and the shattered souls of all who were present.

Years later, one man attempts to understand what happened to his wife and to his friends by writing a book about this horrible night, and it’s through this process that they begin to examine the unspeakable events that have bound them in ways they cannot fathom, but that have haunted every one of them through their lives. As each of the old friends tries to come to grips with the darkness of the past, they find themselves face-to-face with the evil triggered so many years earlier. Unfolding through the individual stories of the fated group’s members, A Dark Matter is an electric, chilling, and unpredictable novel that will satisfy Peter Straub’s many ardent fans, and win him legions more.

I don’t step outside of my literary fiction box too often but every now and then I do. This one looks like a real page-turner. I haven’t read a Straub book in ages. Perhaps I should give this one a shot. Has anyone read it?

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10 Responses

  1. Straub is an author I used to read way back when. I’m even surprised he is still writing novels! This one sounds like a wild ride! I’d love to read some reviews of this one.

  2. Wow! This book sounds a little more thrilling than my usual fare, but I’m tempted to pick it up. Would love to hear your thoughts after you read it.

    Thanks for introducing me to Friday Finds – my finds are at PeetSwea.

  3. Great find, sounds so intriguing! Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

  4. Sounds great; I want the audio verion–extra scary I bet…LOL

  5. This really does sound intriguing.

  6. This one does look really good. I had seen the cover but didn’t really know what it was about. I want to read it now.

  7. Like Sandy, I read Straub a long time ago. I wasn’t aware he was still writing either. This kind of sounds like Donna Tartt’s Secret History (which I keep meaning to read too). I’m intrigued, but will wait a bit and see what others think. In the past, Straub was more of a literary Stephen King, I think.

  8. This sounds like something that could have really happened. Sounds good to me.

  9. For some reason this cover keeps grabbing my attention.

    I’ve given you an award: http://nanscorner.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/sunday-salon-vacation-and-awards/

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