Lost Man’s Lane

Atria/Emily Bestler. Mar. 2024. 528p. ISBN 9781982191450. $28.99. HORROR
Marshall Miller got his driver’s license on an unseasonably warm February day in 1999 and got a speeding ticket less than an hour later. The stop alone would have been memorable, but it becomes more so when he discovers that the woman in the back of the cruiser that pulled him over has been declared missing and no one at the Bloomington, IN, police force has ever heard of Corporal Maddox, the cop who issued the ticket. When a private investigator looking for the woman hires him as a summer intern, Marshall is thrown into the center of the action. As time wears on, he finds more questions than answers, though. Where has the fake officer disappeared to? What do his recurring dreams of a doorless barn mean? And why do rattlesnakes seem to be everywhere he turns?
VERDICT Carson (Where They Wait), pen name of Michael Koryta, delivers a captivating and eerie tale that weaves together family curses, the Y2K panic, and the very real horrors of adolescence. Xennial readers will especially enjoy revisiting cultural touchpoints of their own coming-of-age. Give this one to fans of Michael Koryta and Chuck Wendig’s Black River Orchard.
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