Savage’s book begins in 1977 when six children get lost in an old abandoned mine in a small town in Colorado. Only five are found and make it out alive, despite a tremendous search effort. More than 30 years later, in 2011, Police Chief Cal Hunt finds his small town in the grip of a series of mysterious and disturbing murders.
The chief soon realizes that the victims are the survivors of the mine tragedy. More unsettling than the murders is the discovery that a supernatural force may be reaching out from the darkness to claim revenge.
From the first page of this scary story, I was riveted. Utah author Jeffrey S. Savage’s horror novel is atmospheric and layered with mystery, emotion and the supernatural. His plot is so well conceived that the reader desperately clings to every page, wondering what will happen next and how it will all come together.
I very much appreciate this kind of scary — not blood-and-guts, but psychological-in-your-head scary. The characters, especially Chief Cal Hunt, are instantly likable and have refreshing depth. Savage’s writing is sharp and eerie, the perfect blend for good horror.
Dark Memories is the first horror novel published by an LDS publisher (Covenant).
Rated: Mild, only for the scary situations and a bit of violence.