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Review: Damnation Spring

Damnation Spring

Damnation Spring
By Ash Davidson
Scribner, 9781982144401, August 2021, 464pp.

The Short of It:

Slow build, but worth it in the end.

The Rest of It:

Colleen and Rich Gundersen are raising their young son, Chub, on the rugged California coast. It’s 1977, and life in this Pacific Northwest logging town isn’t what it used to be. For generations, the community has lived and breathed timber; now that way of life is threatened. ~ Indiebound

Damnation Spring is about a lot of things. That is why the story is sticking with me even though I finished it a few days ago. Colleen and Rich don’t have the perfect marriage but there’s love there, especially for their young son Chub. But after eight miscarriages, Colleen wants nothing more than to carry a baby to term but there’s a problem. The spray used to control the growth in their logging community is poisoning their water. Colleen, an amateur midwife to the other women in the community has seen the proof of it more than she cares to admit. Babies, born with half a brain, and now her own sister is pregnant.

Colleen’s determination at finding the cause for her miscarriages creates problems for Rich and his logging team. He wants to ignore it but when he looks at his son Chub, he also doesn’t want to endanger his life or Colleen’s. Plus, he has a financial stake in all of this because he purchased a large part of the land, with the hopes to sell the timber but there are challenges there too. Roads, not owned by him. You might own the timber but you can’t get it out if the roads aren’t available to you.

This was a rich, complicated story about people trying to survive. I loved the complexity of the characters. There is a rawness to the story too. The beauty of the timber, the destruction of the forest, the poisoning of the water and everything around it trying so hard to survive. It was very good and I didn’t notice its length at nearly 500 pages.

Recommend.

Source: Review copy provide by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

Review: Billy Summers

Billy Summers

Billy Summers
By Stephen King
Scribner, 9781982173616, August 3, 2021, 528pp.

The Short of It:

Billy Summers will steal your heart but be prepared, it’s a little different and surprised me in a lot of ways.

The Rest of It:

Billy Summers is a hired assassin. Most assassins are pretty bad guys but this is where it gets complicated. Billy, is an assassin who only kills bad guys. Legit, bad guys who have no business breathing the air we all breathe.

The story opens with Billy accepting a job. This hit requires a bit of prep beforehand. Billy has to establish multiple aliases, secure an office space which puts him in the prime position for the hit, and although the man he has been assigned to kill is a very bad guy, Billy has decided that this will be his last hit. As with most things, as soon as you say this is the “last time” for something, things pop-up unexpectedly.

Without giving anything away. A “someone” pops up which complicates Billy’s entire plan. This was the most wild addition. I was surprised at how the story played out from there. Surprised in the most pleasant way. It’s so different and yet, so King. In feel, it reminded  me a lot of the relationships King created in the Mr. Mercedes series. So, if you enjoyed those characters, you will also enjoy this book too.

Much of the story is the setup of the hit. The actual planning. But then the story becomes something else entirely and this is where I really found myself loving these characters. You should know going in, that I am including a trigger warning for rape. It actually plays a very large role in the story and provides the motivation for some of things that happen.

What you need to know is that I loved it. I didn’t want the story to end. It’s somewhat long at over 500 pages but I never felt its length. I was thoroughly taken with this story and highly recommend it. It’s about second chances, making things right, and loyal friendships.

Source: Borrowed
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.