CLOSING COSTS is an amazing novella! It is probably the best book I've read this year! I read THE BETRAYED last year and liked it, but Wesley Southard kicks it up a notch with this brilliant novella. The writing feels stronger. Southard's style shines in this tale of utter terror.
Hershel Merkley is a realtor trying to defy the odds. He's trying to sell the Whitecomb Mansion. A savage murder took place in the country estate nine years prior, which is why the mansion has remained vacant. Hershel is set to sell the place to a wealthy Russian couple, but it comes at a price. The Russians want something in return, but let's face it, that's the least of Hershel's problems. Secrets begin to unravel. The past creeps back into the present, making for one helluva surprise.
Wesley Southard's ability to build the suspense is amazing. The foreboding is everything. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat. The tension stays tight from the start. Southard gives you a glimpse of what's to come, then when you least expect it, the story takes a turn for the better. Hershel is a vulnerable protagonist and you really become invested in him. I thought the dialogue was great. The characters were depicted well. There isn't a dull moment in the story.
You can't go wrong with this novella. You just can't. There are tentacles and monstrosities that fill these pages. It's a real nail-biter. You will want to cheer for both the protagonist and the antagonist. It's well worth a read.