Fever House

Books on Tape. Aug. 2023. 13:46 hrs. ISBN 9780593790175. $95. HORROR
Rosson’s (The Mercy of the Tide) latest supernatural thriller features criminals, government agents, and broken people trying to survive the apocalypse. It begins with a severed hand found in a freezer. The hand has a seductive and terrible power, and it has crossed paths with several people, including a loan collector/leg breaker, an agoraphobic rockstar, and members of a government agency who were supposed to be guarding the hand. But now the hand is free to corrupt the city of Portland before it summons an even greater evil. At first, this novel feels like a mashup of John Wick and Harry Dresden with less martial arts, but Rosson ratchets up the tension until listeners may feel that the cursed hand is wrapped around their own throats. Narrator Xe Sands’s characters do sound similar, which is understandable, as she voices a large ensemble cast. Even so, listeners will appreciate how her voice gradually transforms from weary cynicism to choked horror as the world unravels.
VERDICT Rosson’s dialogue and characters may attract fans of noir-adjacent fiction, but it’s the true horror fans who will love riding out this apocalypse.
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