THE CARETAKER OF LORNE FIELD
Jack Durkin is the ninth generation of Durkins who have weeded Lorne Field for nearly 300 years. Though he and his wife Lydia are miserable and would like nothing more than to leave, Jack must wait until his son has come of age to tend the field on his own. It's an important job, though no one else seems to realize it. For, if the field is left untended, a horrific monster called an Aukowie will grow-a monster capable of taking over the entirety of America in just two weeks. Or so it is said...
In this taut, psychological thriller, you soon learn that Lorne Field is a very ominous, menacing place. The land has been tended for generations by the Durkin family. As written on their original, eighteenth-century contract, every firstborn son inherits the responsibility of tearing out the weeds of Lorne Field in order to keep the town safe. Legend says that, without the Durkin caretaker, the bloodthirsty weeds would grow into monsters and unleash a wave of unimaginable violence. But as Jack Durkin continues his daily toil of keeping the weeds at bay, the townspeople have grown skeptical of his job. Even his own family thinks that Jack's simply wasting time in an empty dirt field. When his own son gets into a bloody accident on Lorne Field, Jack claims that the weeds attacked his son, but others begin to believe that Jack Durkin is losing his mind and must be put away. Has Jack been perpetuating a myth all this time, or is Lorne Field truly a danger to society? The dark suspense and edgy tone of the narrative will keep you guessing all the way. Dave Zeltserman has won accolades for his thrillers from the likes of the Washington Post and National Public Radio, which selected his novels as notable books of the year.
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