Captain Tuttle’s #CBR4 Review #38 – Seep by J. Eric Laing
And here’s yet another Kindle freebie I picked up – it’s an interesting one, too, based on a true story. The true story is that in 1951, in Pont-Saint-Esprit, France, there was an outbreak of some kind of poisoning. People went crazy, literally; 50 were committed to asylums, and four people died. The outbreak was traced to bad bread – although how it got bad is a matter of some mystery. It could have been ergot, maybe mercury, maybe aspergillus, or maybe a CIA experiment. (I got this info from Wikipedia, so it could be totally wrong).
Laing moves the story from 1950s France to the American Southwest in the 1920s. In a small town founded by the Sweet brothers (and run with a fairly iron fist by them as well), something goes horribly wrong with just about the entire population. Times have been hard, and people have been on edge to begin with. People begin hallucinating, and becoming violent. Not just violent, but homicidal.
Fires are set, houses and businesses destroyed, and the violence spares no one – not man, woman or child. It all comes to a head on one horrible day when the few people who have retained their sanity try to get away.
This book was scary, and gripping. There were times when I wanted to put it down, but just couldn’t. If you’re looking for a good, creepy scare, then this is the book for you.