Reviews of Dark Fiction

Red Hands by Christopher Golden

Right out of the gate, RED HANDS rockets and careens all over the place, until BAM! It’s all over before you even know what hit you!

It’s July 4th and in a small New Hampshire town, people are celebrating by putting on a parade. Everything’s hunky dory, until a car drives right into the crowd and takes out several people. During the ensuing panic, many witness the car’s driver getting out of the vehicle and start touching people. Unfortunately, he appears to have some kind of sickness, because everyone he touches drops dead. One parade attendee, Maeve, takes a baseball bat to the guy and takes him out, but not before he touches her. She seems to be fine and immediately goes to check on her family, but when she touches them, they die too. Will Maeve survive this contagion? What IS the contagion? What the heck is going on? You’ll have to read this to find out!

RED HANDS is the third book in a series that started with ARARAT. Ben Walker is the connecting thread between all three books, but each book does stand alone, so one could read this and not be lost. Ben Walker is a likable man; he’s brave, he’s smart, he’s adventurous. As a character, he’s really unforgettable. He’s not perfect, but even his flaws, (and the fact that he recognizes his flaws), make him someone the reader can really root for.

Golden writes strong women. Some are powerful, wise and evil, others are spunky, wholesome and brave. Some are heterosexual, some are not…either way, women are represented in clear and realistic ways; I admire that and enjoy it in my fiction. (We don’t usually see women in his books head down to the basement in their nightgowns, investigating noises, you know what I’m saying?)

I don’t want to spoil anything by getting into the plot but I can say this was a tension-filled story, that turned my weekend reading plans into….well, just this book. I rarely say this, but RED HANDS was un-put-downable!

Highly recommended!

*Thanks to St. Martin’s Press, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!

Red Hands Book Cover Red Hands
Ben Walker #3
Christopher Golden
Dark Fiction
St. Martin's Press

In bestselling author Christopher Golden's supernatural thriller Red Hands, sometimes a story is a warning. Sometimes the warning comes too late. 

When a mysterious and devastating bioweapon causes its victims to develop Red Hands, the touch of death, weird science expert Ben Walker is called to investigate.

A car plows through the crowd at a July 4th parade. The driver climbs out, sick and stumbling, reaching out…and everyone he touches drops dead within seconds. Maeve Sinclair watches in horror as people she loves begin to die and she knows she must take action. But in the aftermath of this terror, it’s Maeve who possesses that killing touch. Fleeing into the mountains, struggling with her own grief and confusion, Maeve faces the dawning realization that she will never be able to touch another human being again.

"Weird s**t expert” Ben Walker is surprised to get a call from Alena Boudreau, director of the newly restructured Global Science Research Coalition. There’s an upheaval in the organization and she needs to send someone she can trust to Jericho Falls. Whoever finds Maeve Sinclair first will unravel the mystery of her death touch, and many are willing to kill her for that secret.

Walker’s assignment is to get her off the mountain alive. But as Maeve searches for a hiding place, hunted and growing sicker by the moment, she begins to hear an insidious voice in her head, and the yearning, the need… the hunger to touch another human being continues to grow. When Walker and Maeve meet at last, they will unravel a stunning legacy of death and betrayal, and a malignant secret as old as history.

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