Yesterday, I finished “The Library at Mount Char,” a great but disturbing horror novel. A Lovecraftian entity that is the secret ruler of the world adopts 12 children and set each of them up as his ‘librarians,’ in charge of learning a facet of his knowledge. Now in their 30s, their ‘father’ disappears and they are thrown into a struggle for control of the library.
Carolyn’s portfolio is languages, and she’s a wry, funny, protagonist. As the plot unfolds and grows more strange, her battle to stay alive comes into conflict with her keeping her essential humanity. The plot is full of twists and surprises, many of which aren’t predictable. The plot twists keep coming to the very end.
I liked this book, but it is a very grim horror novel where bad things happen to worse people. It’s a deeply original book — it smoothly blends the supernatural horror of Lovecraft & his ilk with more modern horror and urban fantasy, but it may not be to everyone’s taste. Really strong effort for a debut novel, kindle edition has two editorial errors in it.