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. – Goodreads.com
Kind Nepenthe is more of a slow burn horror story, and while reading, it reminded me of what they say about putting frogs in tepid water and bringing it to a boil. These characters aren’t quite aware of what’s happening to them until it’s too late. Several reviews I’ve seen have commented on the lack of connection with the characters because they’re so unlikable. While it’s true they don’t possess many redeeming qualities, I didn’t miss that connection to enjoy this grim tale. Although a slow burn initially, it heats to a rapid boil at the end.