The Summer Job
by Adam Cesare
$3.99 (Kindle) | $12.32 (Paperback, Amazon)
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Review copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Welcome to Mission, Massachusetts. Praying won’t save you, but it couldn’t hurt.
Claire is an alternative girl looking for an alternative. Her post-college prospects have fizzled and she’s looking for a new job, a new town, a whole new life. A summer position at a remote hotel may be just what she needs.
Very soon, though, she begins to suspect the hotel may have decidedly sinister motives. At the same time she falls back into her old wild ways with the young people of the town, a radical group totally at odds with the sinister leaders of a local cult. Caught between two worlds, Claire has to plot her escape while spiraling deeper into a nightmare of ritual sacrifice and killer parties.
So, full disclosure, before I start this review, I wanted to say a ‘thank you’ to the author’s ‘thank you’ in his acknowledgments of this novel for my previous reviews of his work. The author is one of the most talented–but also one of the most humble and appreciative–who I have had interacted with, and is a class act all around.
Delivering yet another absorbing read, Adam Cesare, author of Tribesmen and Video Night, both of which I also thoroughly enjoyed, returns with a new novel from Samhain, this one entitled The Summer Job.
As suggested by the back cover copy, Claire is a girl looking for some change in her life. She moves to the town of Mission, Massachusetts, and finds a job at a hotel. It’s not glamorous and she has her reservations, but she goes for it in accompaniment with her friend.
When she gets there, the staff seem to have some quirks and quarks, to say the least, but she does meet one handsome guy who seems to be on the same page as her about the strange goings on of the hotel, and even offers some theories of his own.
It doesn’t take long for things to get bloodier and bloodier as the book progresses. We also get some point of view scenes from the people responsible for making things bloody around here, so to speak, and it’s both entertaining and insightful to see the inner workings of their plans, setbacks, and ultimate triumphs.
Cesare is another of the breed of male authors who write women very well, and convincingly. Some of the insights he lends into Victoria Brandt, the owner of the hotel, add layers of depth and dimension to her character that in the hands of a less-skilled scribe would not come across nearly as vividly.
There’s also a touch of the Satanic roaming around to account for the cult, and getting mixed up is something that’s inevitable in this case. The trick is how Claire will extricate herself from it all, or even if she can.
Cesare delivers a taut, suspenseful, cleverly executed supernatural thriller with depth. Fans of his previous work will of course enjoy this novel as well, but even those new to his work will enjoy it. As well, it’s an interesting departure in some ways because this is the first of his novels not to center around some element related to film or television. It’s more like a Stephen King novel in its influences, and this makes for an entertaining read. Whether you’re already hooked as a fan of Cesare’s stuff or completely new to it, pick up The Summer Job and buckle up for a great read.