The first Edward Lorn book that I read, Cruelty, blew my mind. Bay’s End had the effect of someone stomping on my head. What starts out as a coming of age story, devolves into an unsettling tale where the real monsters are human. A group of kids exact revenge on an unpleasant cop. Little do they know how it will start a horrific, domino like effect, utterly changing all those involved.
The story is written from the point of view of Trey. Trey is one of the group whose rash decision to put cherry bombs in the cops care. Trey starts regretting this teenage prank, resulting the lives of many changing so drastically that fateful summer. As an adult, struggling to let go of his past, Trey starts writing the story of that summer. And what a story it is.
Bay’s End has some seriously scary characters. The cop, Mack, has a real knack in making me feel very uncomfortable. In fact the book really does feel like a nod to Mr King. A cop of the same ilk as Collie Entragian, tak. The Kids remind me of those in The Body (filmed as Stand By Me) and IT. The best thing is that Edward Lorn absolutely kills it. Bay’s End is so well written with Lorn pulling off a feat that so many wish they could. A genuinely scary coming of age novel.
I can’t recommend Bay’s End highly enough. Lorn really does deserve to be at the top of the best sellers list. An author producing extremely well written and interesting novels. 5 stars to Bay’s End. Edward Lorn is an author whose back catalogue demands me to start working through.
****Disclaimer, I purchased this book. This is my honest review and all opinions are my own****
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