The Ridge

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The Ridge In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods For years the lighthouse has been considered no th

  • Title: The Ridge
  • Author: Michael Koryta
  • ISBN: 9780316053662
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods For years the lighthouse has been considered no than an eccentric local landmark until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.For deputy sheriff Kevin KimbIn an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods For years the lighthouse has been considered no than an eccentric local landmark until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.For deputy sheriff Kevin Kimble, the lighthouse keeper s death is disturbing and personal Years ago, Kimble was shot while on duty Somehow the death suggests a connection between the lighthouse and the most terrifying moment of his life Audrey Clark is in the midst of moving her large cat sanctuary onto land adjacent to the lighthouse Sixty seven tigers, lions, leopards, and one legendary black panther are about to have a new home there Her husband, the sanctuary s founder, died scouting the new property, and Audrey is determined to see his vision through As strange occurrences multiply at the Ridge, the animals grow ever restless, and Kimble and Audrey try to understand what evil forces are moving through this ancient landscape, just past the divide between dark and light The Ridge is the new thriller from international bestseller Michael Koryta, further evidence of why Dean Koontz has said Michael Koryta s work resonates into deeper strata than does most of what I read and why Michael Connelly has named him one of the best of the best.

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    1. Arah-Lynda on said:

      Let’s see, what do we have here? On a wooded hilltop in the middle of no where, on an isolated ridge, in eastern Kentucky, stands a lighthouse, constantly bathing the surrounding terrain with light. Lions, tigers, cougars and leopards and all sort of large cats, sixty seven in total, have been relocated to a new rescue center on a large tract of land close to the lighthouse.Deputy Sherriff Kevin Kimble of Sawyer County (home of the lighthouse and most recently the large cats) has spent year’ [...]

    2. Lori on said:

      This is a nice mix of supernatural thriller and police story. Plenty of gatekeeper to hell/deal with the devil creepy detail. I loved the cats; many are characters in their own right. I'd like to read more by Michael Koryta.I'm not sure why so much work went into developing Wes' character, but his prayer was a nice touch. It kept Kino from stealing all his thunder.The story is set in eastern Kentucky although nothing specifically suggest the location. It could be in any state with mountains in t [...]

    3. Jason on said:

      5 StarsThis is my second Koryta novel that I have read, Cypress House was my first (I loved that one too). After finishing this novel I feel it is safe to say that Koryta is a masterful storyteller. He breathes life into his words, his settings, and his story. He creates characters that are three dimensional. They are real. They are not carbon copies or cookie cutter cutouts. Most importantly he creates a cast of characters that are memorable. I am not going to give any spoilers away with this r [...]

    4. Jim on said:

      I've read & really liked a couple of mystery-thrillers by Koryta, so expected this to be the same. It starts out as one, but is also supernatural horror. That's a genre I have enjoyed, although less lately. I wasn't expecting to turn down that road half way through the book & I found it jarring. I'm not a fan of pigeon-holing books by genres, but in this case I would have appreciated knowing that bit of information up front. It requires a different mind set.The characters, reading, twist [...]

    5. Naomi Blackburn on said:

      Another winner by Michael KorytaI can't believe this author is just becoming known to me as this is the third book of his I have read and absolutely love, each distinctly differentis one flows like a fine wine it is so good. It has sucked me in from the first page with its' mystery and characters. Even though this book is over 400 pages, I will read it in one day it is so good. I am now starting to go back and read others by this author that I miss and he will be an author that I follow his webs [...]

    6. J.K. Grice on said:

      I discovered Michael Koryta several years ago, and I'm so glad I did. His mysteries and supernatural thrillers are some of the finest I've ever read. THE RIDGE has all the elements for a top notch story:great characters, wild big cats, suspense, and the supernatural. I have read nearly every Koryta book published and never been disappointed. This is one of the best.

    7. Mike (the Paladin) on said:

      This one was close a few times. My rating for this swung from 2 to 4 stars at different times. The book opens and there is a section that I found so annoying that I was thinking "if it goes on this way I'm putting it down". The protagonist of the book Kevin Kimble, has an obsession with Jacqueline Mathis, a prison inmate who shot him (before the book begins). Whenever the character refers to her, thinks about her, talks to her, etc. he waxes almost poetic spouting superlitives about her.It gets [...]

    8. Deborah on said:

      Earlier last year, I reviewed Koryta's "Cypress House." (Please see it on my blog in 2010) It was my first introduction to his writing. I became an immediate addictMichael Koryta is a master storyteller. He is the type of author who could have us mesmerized for hours while we waited out a hurricane! And, we'd never even know we were in the midst of one except that it would be a fitting setting for his story. I could read his books in tandem and be entertained all week without boredom.Koryta's ge [...]

    9. David on said:

      Michael Koryta gets compared with Dean Koontz, and now I see why. This book is a fairly standard supernatural thriller, but it was well-executed, with the "rules" of the woo-woo stuff explained and making sense of all the events. Technically I guess telling you that the Big Reveal is supernatural in nature is a spoiler, but it's very heavily hinted at early on, and pretty obvious long before it's spelled out. It also features a big cat rescue sanctuary, and since one of my favorite charities is [...]

    10. Mary Gramlich on said:

      THE RIDGE written by Michael Koryta06/11 - Little, Brown & Company - Hardcover, 368 pagesCan you control the madness when good and evil reside in the same body?Deputy Kevin Kimble is a good cop that keeps things going in the right direction for the fine folks of Sawyer County in eastern Kentucky. His path collides with everyone but during the latest event on Blade Ridge, nothing is as it appears and every direction he takes leads him to another mystery. The crime scene he is called to at fir [...]

    11. Patricia on said:

      Chief Deputy Kevin Kimble is making an early morning drive when he receives a very strange and disturbing phone call. The call is from Wyatt French one of the stranger residents of Kimble’s county. Wyatt lives on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge. Wyatt is famous for his heavy drinking and his residence. Wyatt lives in a lighthouse that lights up the hills surrounding his home. Wyatt’s call is to ask just one question of Kimble and that is if Kimble would rather have a homicide to investigate o [...]

    12. Almeta on said:

      It was satisfying to witness the authorities interpreting the physical evidence correctly, and not, as was expected, being mislead. In other words, SMART cops, for a change. (view spoiler)[ Their acceptance of the other supernatural evidence seemed a bit too easily done. I ‘m pretty sure I would have resisted longer.(hide spoiler)]Although I had an inkling of what had to be the only solution to the dilemma. I didn't want it to be true.Lions and Tigers and (view spoiler)[ an awesomely enlighten [...]

    13. Tonile My Cup and Chaucer on said:

      Anyone who knows me well knows that I love a good scary story. Ghosts and spooky things that go bump in the night have always appealed to me, and rather than try to shut that odd side of me out, I have found that embracing it makes me infinitely happier. So it was a happy discovery when I found Michael Koryta had released a new book, The Ridge. I read The Cypress House earlier in the year and while I did like the chilling tale of the man who could see death before it arrived, I enjoyed The Ridge [...]

    14. Jeff on said:

      Unlike others who did not like this book, I have no problem with the mixing of detective and supernatural elements in a story. Koryta is a gifted writer and the story here is told well. But, I live in eastern Kentucky where this book is set and that was one of the reasons I tried to read it. Eastern Kentucky is in the heart of that region now called "Appalachia," and has a unique culture and mindset - a cross of genteel southern, Bible-belt religion, and mountain pioneer thinking. This is the ho [...]

    15. Gloria Piper on said:

      Whew! Upon seeing Koryta's manuscript, I can understand why he is an award-winning author. I didn't want to let go of this masterfully written novel until the end.The story: On a ridge in a remote forest of Kentucky, far from the ocean, a lighthouse shines. Its beacon is too bright, too annoying for Audrey Clark who had chosen this unpopulated area to build a sanctuary for large cats. Even so, their existence is threatened. But that's not all. The man who built the lighthouse lives there alone a [...]

    16. Lighthearted on said:

      Why would someone build a lighthouse in the middle of the woods? A curious landmark for years, given its location in an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, the strange, pulsing light in the abandoned mining country hasn’t warranted much attention until recently. The creation of a large-cat sanctuary nearby changes things, however. Wyatt French, builder of the lighthouse, is not happy that the sanctuary will bring visitors to his neck of the woods; Audrey Clark, owner of the sanctuary, is not [...]

    17. William Bentrim on said:

      The Ridge by Michael KorytaOnce again, Michael Koryta takes ordinary folks and puts them in extraordinary situations fraught with danger and mystery. A lighthouse in the woods and an exotic cat rescue center draw focus on the deep woods surrounding a remote mining community with an unusual number of deaths. Michael Koryta has the ability to bring to the printed word characters that you might know. His characterizations are detailed and clear. He paints scenarios that are vivid and emotionally ev [...]

    18. Steve Holden on said:

      I've been extremely busy and managed to get so behind on my reviews and goal! I've been reading, but with the end of the school year and a major house project, I panicked as I saw that I was both behind in reviews and showing that I was reading books long finished. Anyways, this is my first Koryta book, and I enjoyed this enough to look for his name again at the library. This one has a very interesting premise, and definitely a supernatural angle to a mystery. It's set in Kentucky - and revolve [...]

    19. March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room on said:

      Another super-stunner from accomplished and incredible author Michael Koryta, whose novels satisfy, inspire, enrapture, and convince readers in every aspect. Every single essential in a novel is present-and far, far more. Mr. Koryta could teach courses to aspiring novelists on the proper ways to suspend the readers’ disbelief, so that acceptance of the Supernatural comes automatically, even to readers who are usually skeptics (of which this reviewer is not one). In this novel, Mr. Koryta offer [...]

    20. Gatorman on said:

      A solid, immensely entertaining tale from Koryta, deserving of 4.5 stars. Koryta does the supernatural thing much better here than in So Cold The River. This story of a suicide, a lighthouse and the age-old secret that connects them starts off strong and doesn't let up. The mystery is engaging, the characters well-drawn and the writing top-notch. The ending does not disappoint. Not quite a 5 star read but pretty damn close. Highly recommended.

    21. Marvin on said:

      This is a strong entry in the modern ghost story and the deal with the devil sub-genre. It took me a little while to get into it as it started out like many of the mainstream rehashed ideas that you get from the dime-a-dozen horror pulp writers. Yet Kortya can write and by about a third into it, I could see the story was not going to go the usual way. This is my first read from this author and I'm looking forward to others.

    22. Miriam on said:

      My favorite Michael Koryta to date! It is a super creepy supernatural thriller set in rural Indiana where there is an inland light house and an exotic cat rescue preserve (Based on this amazing place: exoticfelinerescuecenter/). You will be completely engrossed by this book.

    23. Diana on said:

      Dark and spooky, The Ridge combines flawed yet likeable characters, a creepy and mysterious setting, and a ghost story. Like So Cold The River, this book winds an entire story around a place touched by evil and the choices people make. I was riveted from page one. Highly recommended.

    24. Diane S ☔ on said:

      Hard to write a scary story effectively yet The Ridge is one. Large game animals, lighthouse and a spooky blue light that portends evil, this book was chilling.

    25. Jen on said:

      I've been a fan of Michael Koryta's almost as long as I've been reading crime fiction. When Koryta branched out to try his hand with the supernatural, I followed despite the fact that it wasn't my cup of tea. His work in this area intrigued me and captivated me, due in large part to the qualities that make him such a fabulous crime writer as well. He tells a superb story with fascinating, well-developed characters. However, when asked what my favorite work of his was, I always went back to his s [...]

    26. Miles on said:

      On an isolated ridge in the Kentucky woods stands a homemade lighthouse, hundreds of miles from any substantial body of water. Local reporter Roy Darmus has always found it an amusing oddity- until he is selected as the recipient of a suicide note from its builder. Roy enters the bizarre structure to find the walls covered in maps bearing the names of the dead - including his own parents, who were killed in a car accident when he was a boy. Roy soon has a storytelling assignment more daunting th [...]

    27. Giovanni Gelati on said:

      I enjoy lighthouses, my wife even more than I. We like to visit them whenever and wherever we are. The one in this story though, no thanks we will pass on it. I am a big fan of Michael Koryta and his writing. Revisiting his detective series is something I am holding out for though, each time there is more news from his camp, I am hopeful. Okay it’s a Friday, we have a pretty hot blogtalk show to do in a little bit, let’s get to the action and then chat a little on what is between the covers: [...]

    28. Clark Hallman on said:

      The Ridge by Michael Koryta is a very creative and enjoyable novel. It takes place in a rural area of the forested hills of Eastern Kentucky near a small town. Wyatt French, a long-time eccentric resident of the area, built a lighthouse on the ridge that runs through his property. The powerful light shines its beacon over the forested valley and the small river that flows through it. It also illuminates a big cat sanctuary that is adjacent to French’s property and provides a home to numerous l [...]

    29. Jim Lay on said:

      3.5 stars. Solid writing but the story didn't quite work for me. I plan to check out more of the author's work, however.

    30. David on said:

      I read this book on a long Michael Koryta tear, where I was reading book after book by this author. Some were better than others, most quite good. "The Ridge" was a big disappointment. This is a book that is fairly confused about what it wants to be. It is a cross between a detective novel and a supernatural thriller, and not a good example of either genre. The two main problems are the plot and the characters, both of which are weak.The plot is a mix of detective novel plot devices: "Detective [...]

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