Roadside Attractions

Roadside Attractions by Eric Lahti

A piece of hell is hiding in a tiny Arizona town…

During a not-so-routine investigation into a haunting, a pair of ghost hunters receive a strange text message beckoning them to Dragoon, Arizona. The message promises them a ghost unlike any they’ve ever met and riches galore for investigating the entity. They find the ghost, but more sinister forces are lurking in the town and soon the ghost-hunters – and the ghost they were sent to hunt – find themselves caught between a renegade devil and the hitwoman sent from hell to stop him.

With time running out and no one to turn to, they’ll have to dig deep into science, magic, and themselves to stop a great evil from awakening or the world will suffer an eternity of darkness.

A tale of good, evil, and everything in between is about to unfold at one of the country’s most mysterious ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS.

The IndieMuse Review

Ghosts!

Demons!

Wizards!

Witches!

Heavy Metal!

Jackalopes?

There is never a dull moment in Roadside Attractions, the latest novel from prolific author Eric Lahti.

Husband and wife ghost-hunting team Jordan and Char are currently living out of a van and making ends meet by performing exorcisms in well-to-do neighborhoods. When they receive a mysterious text message requesting their services in a remote town whose only claim to fame is a roadside attraction known only as…The Terror, they set off, little knowing the chaos that awaits them there.

The Terror is actually the mummified body of Lucifer’s daughter, imprisoned by her father for joining a failed uprising against him. Jordan and Char are unwittingly being lured there by a nameless demon bent on freeing The Terror at any cost. What follows is an epic showdown where the fate of humanity will be decided by a demon, two ghost-hunters, a ghost and her jackalope.

Pitching itself as a cross between a supernatural comedy and an action-packed urban fantasy, Roadside Attractions is a non-stop adventure populated with fantastic characters quipping and punching their way through all manner of crazy apocalyptic shenanigans. The book opens with a cult sacrifice and closes with a ghost and a witch fighting a demon mummy, and everything in between is no less entertaining. There are no intermissions in this book, no suitable stopping points. Once you’ve started reading, you’re sucked in until the final page is read.

While Jordan and Char are ostensibly the lead characters, Roadside Attractions works because it delivers as an ensemble piece. Jordan is the reader’s gateway into the story, being one of the few characters without supernatural powers, but is resourceful and always ready with a sarcastic quip. He is very different to the more serious and self-assured Char, and these differing personalities are why they work so well together on the page. Jennine works as comedic relief but has a genuinely engaging (and tragic) backstory while Lillith is outright bad-ass, stealing the show anytime she’s on the page. Even the villains of the piece are a joy to spend time with, being equal parts threatening and sympathetic.

Lahti manages to deliver on that rare balance of ending the book with a wholly satisfying conclusion to all the various character arcs and subplots while leaving everything tantalizingly open for a follow-up. There is certainly a lot more that can be done in the world he has created and it would undoubtedly be a joy to spend more time with this fantastic cast he has put together. Fingers crossed that this isn’t the last we hear from Jordan and Char, or any of the other gang.

Roadside Attractions is 260 pages of non-stop entertainment that fires on all cylinders. The characters are all stand-outs, each capable of carrying the book, the humor compliments the big action set pieces and the whole book is so outrageously fun that it is impossible not to get swept along in all the mayhem. If you are in the mood for something light and entertaining then look no further.

RICHARD MARTIN

Richard started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatised himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner, and an inappropriate amount of books.

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