Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey
This was an interesting one, different in that it had numerous things going on at once as most books due but it didn’t come together for me till about the halfway point. Nepenthe-a potion used by the ancients to induce forgetfulness of pain or sorrow. All the characters in this novel are broken in some ways, all have suffered pain, abuse, drug use, bad relationships.
We find out about a serial killer, Homicide Hill, the ghosts that haunt it, the drug use, and the overall evil of the place and surrounding lands.The characters come together and enter a series of events that are like a runaway train, it can’t be stopped.
The end felt weird to me in that as I got to know the characters I feel that some of the things that happened they would never have done. But you could argue that they were under the spell of the ghosts, drugs or evils of the Hill! Don’t get me wrong, this was a good story, I enjoyed it but the end just bothers me! Pick it up and decide for yourselves!!
Rebecca thought she’d find a hippie paradise when she moved to the desolate back hills of Humboldt County. A place to commune with nature and teach her five-year-old daughter how to live off the land. Instead she discovered a nightmare.
Coyote is a washed-up pot grower. Strung out on pills and dealing with dropping prices and looming legalization, he wonders if it’s even worth it anymore.
Diesel Dan abandoned his son for a life of methamphetamine and prison. Now he wants to make amends. He’s going to be a grandfather. But his son is on the same dark road of drugs and violence that once consumed him.
These characters will come together in an explosive ending that will leave you stunned and breathless. But more than just a gripping horror novel, Kind Nepenthe is a deep examination into the nature of love and greed, lost ideals, and the essence of evil in one of the last frontiers of the American West.