Three years after running away from home, Olivia is stuck with a dead-end job in nowhere town Chapel Hill, Pennsylvania. At least she has her best friend, Sunflower.
Olivia figures she’ll die in Chapel Hill, if not from boredom, then the summer night storm which crashes into town with a mind-bending monster in tow.
If Olivia’s going to escape Chapel Hill and someday reconcile with her parents, she’ll need to dodge residents enslaved by the storm’s otherworldly powers and find Sunflower.
But as the night strains friendships and reality itself, Olivia suspects the storm, and its monster, may have its eyes on Sunflower and everything she loves.
Hailey Piper has done it again. From one of the reigning champions of Horror comes a brand new hit novel in the form of “A Light Most Hateful.” No stranger to weirdness, darkness, and fascinating premises, Piper puts us in the head of Olivia, stuck in Chapel Hill after a long break from home. Chapel Hill is a town where little ever happens.
Until the night a storm sweeps over the town and unleashes monsters that threaten to devour it. But the storm intensifies, and the monsters grow ever more personal, putting everything Olivia loves at risk-including her own life.
Nobody reading this should need an introduction to Hailey Piper. After years in the genre, she is one of the most recognizable and talented stars of modern day horror. Having honed her craft, “A Light Most Hateful” delivers some of her best prose yet. Sharp as a blade and clever as a fox, Piper’s narration throws us headling into the raging storm that Chapel Hill has become.
Piper is absolutely no stranger to monsters, and in this book, she allows her imagination to run wild and invites the reader to have as much fun as she is. Constructing fascinating and imaginative beasts that rampage along the town, Piper provides a tense ride that never lets us, not even during the most emotional areas of the book.
There has never been a Piper grouping of protagonists who could not pull at the heartstrings. She positively delves into the minds of her cast and makes the reader care about every single one. Piper excels in capturing their needs, wants, fears, and makes every moment hit like a stormy lightning bolt.
It’s a sad book, full of messy and painful relationships. Every Hailey Piper story means something, and as weird as the horror gets, she never forgets to infuse the story with emotion. “A Light Most Hateful” is a storm of a novel. It will rage in your mind, and when it is over, you may not be the same again.
That’s what the storm, like Piper’s writing, always brings.