A literary thriller that culls the lurking dread and primal hunger of the vampire myth, but leaves the cliches at the door.
Stephen King’s Needful Things meets The Poisonwood Bible in an evocative vampire tale as fresh and inventive as The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires.
In rural Pennsylvania, a teenage boy is mauled to death.
Hadassah Zook knows what happened, but she isn’t telling. There’s a dreadful secret buried between the furrows of her upright, simple Amish valley.
Another murder lights a fire of suspicion and prejudice in the community. It threatens to destroy everything. The killings draw in two FBI detectives: Jacobo Barrabas and Keith Linguard. But they aren’t the only ones on the hunt in Big Valley.
Those Who Hunger is a suspenseful, paranormal family saga and coming-of-age tale. It explores the consequences of secrecy, suspicion, and loss on a family in the midst of a young girl’s passage into womanhood.
What Readers are Saying:
“A wonderfully woven tapestry of vampire horror and suspense.”
“A complex, spine-chilling tale…”
“A wildly engaging story of tradition, modernity, religion, folklore, and violence.”
“A creative, original, and thrilling read!”
Quaint and cozy as pecan pie, but vicious as a pitchfork, you won’t want to leave Big Valley, but you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough either. The story and characters will stay with you long after its satisfying conclusion.
Banner stitches every heartbreak and revelation into an emotionally riveting exploration of the questions: What makes us monsters: is it desire, deception, loyalty? And how far do you have to go to stop one?
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Author of a different breed of thrillers, Owen Banner spent his childhood baptized in the red dirt of Mandeville, Jamaica and his adolescence in the neon morass of Manila in the Philippines.
His novels are intense and character-driven, exploding with action and sizzling with description and dialogue, never losing sight of the complexity of the people and places that populate them.
His first novel, Hindsight, is a high-octane psychological thriller of terrorism and crime. Kirkus Reviews calls it “a high-stakes suspense novel with a breakneck pace and strong voice”.
Owen’s latest novel is a fresh twist on the vampire thriller. An emotionally riveting story in a richly textured small town that will stay with you long after it’s satisfying last page, it is now available for a discounted Pre-Order price on Amazon.