Author: Adam Nevill, 2012.
Genre: Horror. Supernatural. Ghosts, Haunted Places.
Other Details: Paperback. 544 pages.
The Temple of the Last Days. The brutal cult with a history of murder, sex and occult dealings destroyed itself during one night of ritualistic violence decades ago. Or so they thought… Kyle Freeman is an indie film-maker with no money and few options, so when he lands a commission to make a documentary about The Temple of the Last Days he jumps at the chance. Little does he know that his investigation into the cult’s bloody history will lead him into the darkest places he’s ever been. As they travel from London and France to Arizona tracing the path of the cult, uncanny events, out-of-body experiences, ghastly artefacts and visits by the merciless ‘old friends’ plague Kyle and his one-man crew. They soon discover the power of the cult’s terrible legacy, and that it may be too late for them to escape…
This novel proved quite creepy in places though as with his 2011 novel, The Ritual,, I felt that it was rather let down by its ending. I also thought that it could have benefited from closer editing as sometimes I felt I was drowning in details.
Still while I was reading it nothing could have persuaded me to read it after dark, only in bright sunshine, which for me is the mark of an effective horror novel even one with a somewhat weak ending.