A black and endless sky

Matthew Lyons

eBook - 2022

One of Tor Nightfire's "Horror Books We're Excited About in 2022"! "Lyons burnishes his reputation as a rising horror star . . . [and] keeps the pages flying with fast-paced chills." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) From the author of The Night Will Find Us comes a white-knuckled horror-thriller set across the American Southwest. Road trips can be hell. Siblings Jonah and Nell Talbot used to be inseparable, but ever since Jonah suddenly blew town twelve... years ago, they couldn't be more distant. Now, in the wake of Jonah's divorce, they embark on a cross-country road trip back to their hometown of Albuquerque, hoping to mend their broken relationship along the way. But when a strange accident befalls Nell at an abandoned industrial site somewhere in the Nevada desert, she begins experiencing ghastly visions and exhibiting terrifying, otherworldly symptoms. As their journey through the desolate American Southwest reveals the grotesque change happening within his sister, one thing becomes clear to Jonah: It's not only Nell in there anymore. Pursued by a mysterious stranger who knows far more about Nell's worsening condition than they let on, the siblings race to find a way to help Nell and escape the desert before they're met with a violent, bloody end. But there are far worse things lurking in the desert ahead... some of them just beneath the skin.

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Occult fiction
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Published
[United States] : Turner Publishing Company 2022.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9781684427116
1684427118
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AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
Matthew Lyons (author)
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hoopla digital (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

At the conclusion of his marriage, Jonah decides to take a road trip from California to New Mexico and his sister, Nell, decides to join him. Their relationship has undergone some strain, so the trip is meant to bring them closer. At an ill-advised stop at a biker bar, they get into a brawl, and one of the bikers ends up dead. Nell and Jonah manage to escape, but this is not the end of their adventures. First, Jonah wakes up in the middle of the desert with Nell missing. Then he finds her, unconscious, in a cave with strange markings. Very quickly after this, Nell starts to notice strange occurrences that seem to indicate that she is not entirely in control of her own body. Bikers seeking revenge are still on their trail, and the siblings slowly realize that an unseen force is also following them. The suspense of the chase and the discovery of the entity in Nell are great plotlines, but the siblings rediscovering their relationship is what will keep readers interested. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

One of Tor Nightfire's "Horror Books We're Excited About in 2022"!"Lyons burnishes his reputation as a rising horror star . . . [and] keeps the pages flying with fast-paced chills." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)From the author of The Night Will Find Us comes a white-knuckled horror-thriller set across the American Southwest. Road trips can be hell. Siblings Jonah and Nell Talbot used to be inseparable, but ever since Jonah suddenly blew town twelve years ago, they couldn’t be more distant. Now, in the wake of Jonah’s divorce, they embark on a cross-country road trip back to their hometown of Albuquerque, hoping to mend their broken relationship along the way. But when a strange accident befalls Nell at an abandoned industrial site somewhere in the Nevada desert, she begins experiencing ghastly visions and exhibiting terrifying, otherworldly symptoms. As their journey through the desolate American Southwest reveals the grotesque change happening within his sister, one thing becomes clear to Jonah: It’s not only Nell in there anymore. Pursued by a mysterious stranger who knows far more about Nell’s worsening condition than they let on, the siblings race to find a way to help Nell and escape the desert before they’re met with a violent, bloody end. But there are far worse things lurking in the desert ahead... some of them just beneath the skin.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Two siblings encounter an otherworldly force that possesses one of them on a cross-country road trip. They are forced to fight for their lives as they’re pursued across the American southwest by malevolent forces both supernatural and terribly human.