Very seldom does a book with strong authentic characters, an action-packed plot, and conversation so rich that you can submerge yourself inside it come along, well, The Cypress House is such a book.
Arlen Wagner is a man with a gift, he can see impending death. Having seen death reflected on the passengers of a train, he gets off with his travel companion and urges others to do the same. He and his younger friend, Paul, are the only passengers to get off and the only passengers that survive after the train heads straight into a hurricane.
Because of their change in plans, Arlen and Paul ultimately land at Cypress House, an isolated boardinghouse on the gulf where they meet Rebecca and enter a world ruled by Solomon Wade and filled with corruption and murder.
Michael Koryta is to be applauded on such an exceptional book!