Wrecker (The Bloodletter Saga Book 3)

Fiction - Horror
308 Pages
Reviewed on 07/25/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Wrecker is an intense work of horror fiction penned by author Erik Henry Vick and is the third novel in The Bloodletter Saga. Following on from the events of Nightmare and Blackened, we see a group of young people slowly growing in fear, but also in wisdom, as they face terrifying new demons in a literally hellish war. Wrecker brings them face to face with new circumstances to overcome, and a pair of enemies they need to reclaim. What results is a tense dash in the darkness to stay together and survive, filled with sudden violence, enigmatic enemies and strange turns of events to revel in.

Without wanting to give too much away, fans of the previous installments of author Erik Henry Vick’s chilling series are certain to find more of the same intriguing plot and ghoulishly violent fun amongst the pages of this third novel. I enjoyed the sense of foreboding which the author creates, and the central group of characters, be they young or older, reminded me of Stranger Things where the graphic horror side is really allowed to let rip. The title pertains to a true nightmarish plot point which I thought was really well characterized and built up to, as well as the dialogue between characters where they try to figure out how to defeat the monsters whose encounters they’re just barely surviving. Overall, Wrecker is a masterclass in pacy action-horror writing that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from start to end.

Lit Amri

Erik Henry Vick’s The Bloodletter Saga continues with Book III: Wrecker which takes us back to the western New York town of Oneka Falls. The missing children cases in 1979 still resonate in people’s mind. This time, in 1986, children are once again in danger of disappearing without a trace, instilling fear and causing a stir among parents and the authorities. In the 'present' of 2007, Benny, Toby, Mike, Scott, and Shannon are ramping up their efforts and strategy to defeat the demons once and for all. They are fully aware that the demise of Herlequin is making them top targets for their enemies, particularly when Herlequin's first daughter, Brigitta, and Lee LaBouche-the demon who killed Scott's daughter and his wife-are still alive.

Wrecker is as fast-paced as its predecessors and the characters have solid development. Vick deftly maintains the thriller element that makes this series creepily engaging to its loyal readers. I didn't dare to read this third installment late into the night, particularly when I can relate more to the 80s than the 70s. The Lady in the Lake arc is another breadcrumb that leads to the truth about how Oneka Falls became a town where demons outnumber the humans three to one. In 2007, New York State Trooper Scott Lewis is having a hard time controlling his rage in his personal mission to kill LaBouche, while I find Toby is becoming a bit overconfident when it comes to dealing with the demons. Whether these protagonists will be the catalysts of the demon hunters' success or demise remain to be seen and a number of events are yet to be fully unraveled. Overall, a good read.

Romuald Dzemo

Wrecker by Erik Henry Vick is an engrossing horror story with a cast of interesting and elaborately developed characters. Oneka Falls is the haven of old demons and Scott Lewis and his friends, Benny, Mike, Toby, and Shannon know better. They have hunted the Demon King, Herlequin, and disrupted his plans, but what they have failed to understand is that they have unleashed more horror than anything they set out to destroy. By allowing Brigitta and LaBouche, Lewis’s so-called partner with the NYSP, and a banana-colored magpie, to escape they have made the gravest mistake of their lives, one they’ll live to regret for they have set themselves up as targets to malicious demons that roam the city. Will any of them survive the onslaught of evil about to be unleashed on the city?

Wrecker is filled with action and disturbing images and these begin right off the bat. It is pulsating and there is a disturbing eeriness that fills every page of the story. The silence, a falling leaf, or a faint footstep echo something sinister in this gritty tale of horrific deeds. Erik Henry Vick comes across as a master weaver of frightful tales; each page is well-spun with action and the kind of suspense that forces the reader to turn to the next page. The prose is beautiful, the plot ingeniously constructed and the characters richly developed. While this is the kind of story that is chilling, it is infused with realism and powerful imagery. Fans of stories that are dark and horrifying will have a great treat in Wrecker. It is a masterpiece, indeed.