The Drummer Boy by Scott Nicholson

Drummer Boy - Scott Nicholson

 

3.5 stars!

I read this novel with my horror group at Shelfari. We previously read The Red Church together and enjoyed it, so we decided to read this story as well.

Sheriff Littlefield is the main character in this book, but I think the other characters stole the show from him. These characters include civil war re-enactors, a group of boys coming of age, some terrible alcoholic parents, farmers and many more. Most of them fascinating and multi-layered.

There is a hole in a field called the Jangling Hole. Why is that? All sorts of noises emanate from it and no one quite knows why. They do know that a band of misfits from the civil war died down there. But are they really dead? You will have to read this to find out.

I thought the setting, the details about the civil war and the characters in this book were fantastic. On the other hand, I also thought that the story got off to a bit of a slow start and it took a little while to get into. Despite that, it was still a good story, though perhaps just short of the great story The Red Church.