Publication: November 8, 2014
Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.
When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.
But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.
Dee comes up with what she believes is the perfect anniversary gift for her and her boyfriend Luke; tickets to Luke’s favorite band. The only thing is she needs Mike, Luke’s brother to pull off the lie she tells Luke’s parents and her legal guardians.
The plan seems simple, make up a story to tell the parents, hit the road, see the concert, then stay overnight at a hotel and head back the next day. Unfortunately for them, things begin to take on an eerie turn when they run out of gas and have to walk to the nearest town (Purity Springs) in bad weather. What follows is a crazy fight for survival against an unbalanced religious maniac and his followers.
Dee is a fighter; she has had a rough childhood, but now she is in a better and stable home. Luke is very smart and is also a star athlete. Mike and Luke are very close. Mike likes to talk a lot of smack, which often gets him in trouble. Thankfully Luke has no problem attempting to bail him out. No matter how hard of a time these two may give each other, they have each others back.
Bits and pieces of Dee’s past life are talked about, but with not much detail. I wished that I was able to get more information about what happened to her before.
Creed was a very interesting read. It did take a few chapters for me to really get into the story. I was expecting it to be a lot more scarier or creepier than it actually was. I wasn’t always on the edge of my seat with anticipation, but I did find myself caring about what happened to Luke, Mike, and Dee. The ending made me think that there might be a second book. But that is probably just wishful thinking on my part.
RATING: 3-3½ out of 5.
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