Book Review: Supernatural – Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson
Supernatural: Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson
On Sale February 19th, 2013
Fresh Meat by Alice Henderson is the newest Supernatural novel due out on February 19th. As the cover states: “A rash of strange deaths in the Tahoe National Forest bring Sam, Dean and Bobby to the Sierra Nevada mountains to hunt a monster with a taste for human flesh. Soon walking corpses, bodies with missing organs, and attacks by a mysterious flying creature lead the trio to a cunning and deadly foe which can assume a human form and will do anything to survive. When a blizzard strikes the area, and not knowing who they can trust, they must battle not only the monster, but also the elements to survive.”
This just barely scratches the surface of the book’s plot. Starting with the infamous Donner Party and the “Forlorn Hope” to the modern day Tahoe National Forest, this book digs deep into the history of the area, and the tragedy that seems to permeate the permafrost.
Alice Henderson’s tight writing will keep you glued chapter after chapter as the mystery of the area unfolds, and drags the Winchester boys and Bobby Singer in. Drawing from Algonquian and Filipino folklore, she builds monsters that draw from man’s deepest fears and taboos creating a protagonist that may just be more than the Hunting community can deal with.
The book is set in season seven between Shut Up, Dr. Phil and Slash Fiction, as Henderson deftly brings the reader up to speed with where the characters’ heads are with just enough information to bring someone who’s missed a few episodes up to speed without boring a regular viewer with a lot of back story.
I greatly enjoyed the book. Henderson managed to get into each of the boys’ heads while keeping them so true to the characters, that I could actually hear the actors’ voices as I read. The book is a good balance on each of them, though I have to admit, I really enjoyed the bits with Bobby Singer. She pegged that old curmudgeon perfectly to the point I could hear Jim Beaver!
If you are a fan of Supernatural, you will find this book a delight to read. It has the perfect balance of true history and painstaking research with a white-knuckled face paced action sequences that is the hallmark of Supernatural.
Four out of four stars and a must read!
You can get your pre-order copy today at Amazon.com
Disclosure: Review copy supplied by the publisher. A positive review was not specified, and all views expressed are my own.