The Heavens Rise is the first novel by Christopher Rice (son of Ann Rice - of whom I'm sure you all have heard) that I have had the pleasure of reading. It is a supernatural thriller set in the coastal communities of Louisiana. The story centers around the aftermath of a local families mysterious disappearance and the subsequent attempted suicide of Marshall, a boy who was obsessed with the family's daughter, Nikki. Nikki's boyfriend Anthem and their best friend Ben never give up hope of her returning but must continue on with their lives just the same. Eight years later, strange things begin to happen in the area beginning with animals dying horribly outside of Marshall's (who is in a coma from his suicide attempt) hospital room. People connected to the DeLongpre family are dying and it's up to Ben (who is now a journalist) and Anthem ( a riverboat captain) to solve the mystery and stop the gruesome killings.
I enjoyed this book and found it engrossingly entertaining. I recommend it to anyone even if they are not usually fans of supernatural fiction.
The Heavens Rise goes on sale October 15, 2013