On Sale: June 09, 2015
Published by: Hydra
Welcome to Mercy House, a state-of-the-art retirement home that appears perfectly crisp, clean, and orderly . . . but nothing could be farther from the truth. In Adam Cesare’s thrilling novel, the residents will find little mercy—only a shocking eruption of unfathomable horror.
Harriet Laurel notices the odor at Mercy House as soon as she sets foot inside, brought there against her will by her son, Don, and his wife, Nikki. In the early stages of dementia, Harriet has grown resentful of Nikki, blaming her daughter-in-law for failing to supply grandchildren. Yet even Harriet must admit that her mind becomes clearer as soon as she crosses the threshold. If it wasn’t for that annoying smell.
Arnold Piper is an eighty-five-year-old ex-Marine, a proud man who has cared for himself his whole life. But no longer. Betrayed by his aging body, Arnold is learning that the trials he survived long ago in war-torn Korea pale beside the daily indignities of growing old. Little does he know that his greatest nightmares are still ahead of him.
Sarah Campbell is an idealistic nurse whose compassion has been stretched to the breaking point at the chronically understaffed facility that is Mercy House. But now Sarah’s list of unpleasant duties is about to take a terrifying turn. For something wicked is brewing in Mercy House. Something dark and rotten . . . and deadly.
Praise for Adam Cesare
“Of all the new writers busting out on the scene—and there are some great ones, without a doubt—Cesare’s the young guy with the greatest encyclopedic gorehound know-how, blistering cinematic pace, unquenchable love of both fiction and film, and hell-bent will to entertain. . . . [He] does just about everything right.”—John Skipp, Fangoria
Don and his wife Nikki has decided it's time for Don's mother to go to the retirement home Mercury House. Harriet, Don's mother is feeling resentment towards Nikki, blaming her for failing to provide her with grandchildren. She is also in the early stages of dementia so a retirement home should be the best for her. They couldn't be more wrong...
Something is really wrong at Mercy House and soon Don, Nikki and the staff at the retirement home has to fight for their lives…
This isn't a book for people that can't take blood and gore. Quite early in the book everything goes to hell and the violence (and the orgies) is quite graphic. Personally I had no really problem with it, well the orgies was a bit nasty, old people, well old people that are “healed” and participating in wild sex games was not that fun, especially when they couldn't perform anymore and was discarded.
But the thing that bothered me with the story was that there wasn't an explanation to why all old people smelled a bad smell and then went primitive and crazy. Why just old people, and where the smell come from? Was it an experiment gone wrong/right? I can take the carnage, but I want to know why everything was happening and in the end it wasn't explained in any way. Other than that, the book was good well written and intense and you had no idea who would die and who would live.
Adam Cesare is a New Yorker who lives in Philadelphia. He studied English and film at Boston University. His books include Video Night, The Summer Job, Zero Lives Remaining, and Tribesmen. His nonfiction has appeared in Paracinema, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other venues.
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