John and Erma are on their way to start a new life. They’ve had recent marriage problems and hope to start anew. Then they start through a small town by the name of Cavus, Montana. They have car trouble and are picked up by the local sheriff who tells them that their luck is shot because everyone is getting ready for the “Squirrel festival” and no one will have time to fix their car. He takes them to his aunt’s house until their car can be fixed.
*town that won’t let you leave-you know this shit is not going to end well*
You then get to “meet” some of the town’s characters and realize this is not Kansas, Dorothy. The sheriff’s former deputy had recently quit his job after losing his wife and his teenage daughter Star knows that something isn’t right with dear old dad lately. Then there is that body of the woman at the kitchen table with her face ate off.
Erma and John decide that the town is charming and it’s helping them to put their past aside so they decide to attend the town’s squirrel festival. They can leave later, they think.
The town has a population of black squirrels that date back to the town’s beginnings where the whole town was killed except for one girl and all the squirrels.
Now along with this part of the story weaved in between chapters you are given some of the back story about what weirdness is going on. For the biggest part of the book the reader is just teased with bits and pieces. People either eating or being made eat parts of dirt?
Those are just some of the happenings in this sleepy little town.
Now for why I’m rating it 2.5 stars rounded up to 3. I like my horror to at least be in a realm of possibility for some reason. If it’s not possible at least be weird enough to keep my fickle mind entertained. This book came close but no cigar. I got frustrated with it and just wanted the ending to hurry up. It was pretty predictable but it’s not the worst I’ve ever read. All in all I would recommend if you are in the mood for some people eating nom noms.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.