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Reviewed by Ronél Steyn for Readers' Favorite
Alexander Katz’s Feast of Crones is the story of Nathan Milton, a history teacher from New York and a Giants fan. He loves his wife Cassie and their twin girls. Father and daughters have just moved to New England. The town and the house are where the girls’ mother grew up. Cassie is missing. Her clothes are gone as well. Nathan woke up one morning with a pile of dirt in the bed next to him. He knows in his heart that she would never have left the girls. They are her life. The authorities believe that she has run away. All the evidence points to a mother who abandoned her husband and children. Nathan is determined to find his wife, but he ends up finding the reasons why she never spoke about the town she left behind.
Feast of Crones is fast-paced and straight to the point. I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I was drawn into the scenery and felt the air on my skin. I heard the sounds and felt the vibrations. Alexander Katz didn’t need to take time with smaller details to captivate me. The dialogue gave just the right amount of information to keep me going and guessing. There was a moment when I felt that I would have liked more of a backstory on the type of relationship that Nathan and Cassie had, but when I reached the end, I realized why it wasn’t necessary. This story is saturated with horror, which makes it so fulfilling.