In the tradition of Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Scott Smith (The Ruins), and Jason Mott (The Returned), award-winning playwright Robert Levy spins a dark tale of alienation and belonging, the familiar and the surreal, family secrets and the search for truth in his debut supernatural thriller.
AS A BOY, HE VANISHED INTO THE WOODS.
SOMETHING ELSE CAME BACK.
When up-and-coming chef Michael “Blue” Whitley returns with three friends to the remote Canadian community of his birth, it appears to be the perfect getaway from New York. He soon discovers, however, that everything he thought he knew about himself is a carefully orchestrated lie. Though he had no recollection of the event, as a young boy, Blue and another child went missing for weeks in the idyllic, mysterious woods of Starling Cove. Soon thereafter, his mother suddenly fled with him to America, their homeland left behind.
But then Blue begins to remember. And once the shocking truth starts bleeding back into his life, his closest friends—Elisa, his former partner in crime; her stalwart husband, Jason; and Gabe, Blue’s young and admiring coworker—must unravel the secrets of Starling Cove and the artists’ colony it once harbored. All four will face their troubled pasts, their most private demons, and a mysterious race of beings that inhabits the land, spoken of by the locals only as the Other Kind...
When Blue travels to the remote community of Starling Cove to settle his late grandmother's affairs, he's expecting nothing more than a pleasure jaunt with friends and a touch of nostalgia for the place where he was born. What he gets instead is a trip into the mystical and weird, a sense that slowly overtakes him until the night that he and his best friend, Elisa, vanish from their vacation rental, leaving behind Blue's adoring friend Gabe and Elisa's husband, Jason. Told by each of the four characters in turn, the story meanders through their various mind-sets. All four share a certain disconsolate moodiness, whether the character is merely unrooted and unhappy with life, or desperately searching for a long-lost love whose physical absence parallels the emotional separation he's been trying to ignore. This melancholy novel, meant to dance on the edge of horror, strikes a note that is dim instead of dark, wandering deeply into introspection as the plot creeps onward.