Maybe it’s the time of year, but I find myself wanting to read a good scary book now and then, and first-time author Vince A. Liaguno’s The Literary Six sure fits the bill. Filled with the right mix of horror, thrills, chills and slasher gore, this novel kept me enthralled into the wee hours of the night.
Hard to believe this is Liaguno’s first novel, because this tightly plotted tale about six college writers who reunite twenty years later on a remote island during a winter storm reminded me of some of the best stuff by authors with much more recognizable names. In fact, The Literary Six, with its twists and turns galore, reads like a polished author’s fifth or sixth novel, filled with great characters, dead-on (no pun intended) dialog and plenty of graphic sex and gore.
The Literary Six are a group of college writers/lovers/friends who get together for reunions all the time, so why should this particular New Year’s gathering should be any different? Maybe because there is a madman stalking the college friends, planning on killing them off one by one before their joyful reunion comes to an end. And maybe, just maybe, the killer has something to do with a horrifying prank the Literary Six played on an evil professor years and years before. As the bodies fall, the clues pile up; yet just when you think you are sure you know what is going on, the bottom falls out from under you.
Chock full of mystery and romance and tinged with all the things that make readers flock to books by guys named King and Kellerman and Koontz, The Literary Six turns tables and twists endings even when you think you know who done what to whom. It’s a fantastic first-time novel, and I for one will be waiting with bated breath for Liaguno’s next undertaker…I mean, undertaking.