In Niceville, a pleasant Southern town where evil lurks just beneath the surface, two back-to-back airplane crashes set off a spellbinding chain reaction of murder, inadvertent kidnapping, and double-dealing.
Detective Nick Kavanaugh must balance his investigation into the accidents with family concerns and a long-buried mystery. He and his wife Kate, a family lawyer, have taken in Kate's sister and her two children, escaping their abusive father Byron Deitz. The Kavanaughs are also caring for the orphaned Rainey Teague, who recently survived a strange kidnapping and has come back a very different child. Rainey was not the last person to vanish from a Niceville street; most recently, an administrator from Rainey's school, and even worse Kate's father, a local historian, have gone missing. Using her father's files, Kate and Nick start to unearth their town's bloodstained past, trying to discover the truth behind generations of disappearances. But a sinister someone or something stands in their way.
“An addictive small-town terror symphony masquerading as a beach read.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Holds up against anything Hollywood can offer for summer entertainment. . . . Stroud works with the precision of a watchmaker.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Classic southern noir crossed with a bit of Dean Koontz. . . . Simply terrific.” —The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“A genre-bending, page-turning, suspenseful read that is impossible to put down or to forget.” —Booklist
“Balances suspense and humor. . . . Shows off [Stroud’s] love for the American South and its difficult progress through history.” —The Free Lance-Star
“A fun, strange, thrilling ride. . . . The dialogue sings, the action [is] fueled by careful character development (and vice versa), and there is the un-simple pleasure of superb storytelling.” —Bookgasm
“A rich, realistic supernatural thriller.” —Publishers Weekly
“The place where noir, thriller, and paranormal fiction intersect.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Stroud’s tight plotting and colorful characters bounce between hard-boiled crime drama and suspenseful, creepy supernatural thriller. . . . The Homecoming is a breathless read with endless surprises and the solid writing of an author firmly in control of his craft.” —Shelf Awareness
Further praise for the Niceville series
"[Stroud] offers surprises, shocks, moments of lyricism, explosions of humor and unrelenting suspense. . . Superior storytelling.”—The Washington Post
“The last time I was so swiftly taken over by a work of fiction was probably when I read A Game of Thrones. Carsten Stroud’s wonderful Niceville isn’t really much like George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel, apart from being equally hard-boiled and engrossing, but it rockets around its deceptively staid Southern town, pulling bad guys and worse guys and long-ago misdeeds into a widening and unfolding tale about every kind of wickedness.” —Peter Straub
“Think Stephen King crossed with Mickey Spillane.” —Open Letters Monthly