As an enormous fan of the master storyteller Stephen King, I was pleasantly surprised to read Mac Evenstar’s obvious reverence to the horror writer in his energetic Come Six to Seven.
I’m not sure if my adoration of Mr. King’s massively intertwined and dynamic style of writing made me bias towards enjoying every single word of Come Six To Seven, but nonetheless, I was riveted by Evenstar’s work from beginning to end. The novel itself is set in the real locale of Florence, Colorado – the true personification of a small town. Our protagonist here, Robin David, has her eyes set on a fresh new start in a fresh new place. Sound familiar? Is this Needful Things? No, it’s better than that. There are no Satanist undertones here but good old-fashioned thriller and intrigue.
Robin’s assimilation into the towns way of life is marred by the usual predicaments, moving along the plot at a comfortable, realistic pace. This organic clip allows the reader to casually meet the townsfolk, including Allison and Stacy who own the antique shop “Sweet Old Stuff.” Aside from local tourism being an economic booster, Florence also happens to be the location of the Supermax, which is a maximum security prison. The juxtaposition of good to evil becomes an overarching theme of the book.
A guard at the Supermax finds a unique antique and decides to bring it to “Sweet Old Stuff,” naturally. This bizarre large wooden box is an entity in its own right. It’s clearly depicted as having an agenda of its own and inexplicably knows things about Florence’s residents and is hellbent on letting those salacious secrets out. Finding herself fully immersed in the imminent revelations that will befall the picturesque town, Robin embarks on a quest to ascertain the true nature of this mysterious antique, and how its domination could be stopped. Welcome to Florence, Colorado, Robin.
As mentioned above, Evenstar’s style of writing has various obvious tinges of Stephen King-isms. However, he manages to bring his own clear, focused talents to a plot that is dynamic and fast-paced at its core. His talent at developing characters that run the full gamut of human emotion allows his narrative to be simultaneously suspenseful and relatable. The reader could practically see themselves living in Florence, Colorado and having this maniacal box to contend with.
I love books that present a means of escape. In Come Six to Seven, while there is a suspension of disbelief that is intrinsic to this genre of writing, effectively manages to incorporate the reader into a tale of suspense with just the right amount of cynicism. Bravo, Evenstar.