Review: “The Toll” by Cherie Priest


Release Date: July 9, 2019
Publisher:  Tor
Genre: Horror, Southern Gothic


“State Road 177 runs along the Suwannee River, between Fargo, Georgia, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Drive that route from east to west, and you’ll cross six bridges. Take it from west to east, and you might find seven.

But you’d better hope not.

Titus and Davina Bell leave their hotel in Fargo for a second honeymoon canoeing the Okefenokee Swamp. But shortly before they reach their destination, they draw up to a halt at the edge of a rickety bridge with old stone pilings, with room for only one car . . .

When, much later, a tow-truck arrives, the driver finds Titus lying in the middle of the road, but Davina is nowhere to be found.”


My Thoughts

Toll-coverEven the denizens that are alive are caught in the space between. Given their advanced age and declining health, death isn’t far off for cousins Daisy and Claire, but they have some feistiness left in them. Their youth has passed but the next stage of their journey has yet to arrive. Cameron’s life is effortless and empty. He has no past—his parents abandoned him with Daisy and Claire when he was a toddler—and a vague, undefined future. He stands on the metaphorical bridge between nothing and something, and may have remained there indefinitely had Melanie never disappeared. Titus and Dave might as well still be lost on that non-existent bridge for all the moving on they’ve been able to do. Until they confront the monster they barely escaped from they’ll remain stuck in the shadows of indecision and regret…

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Thanks to Tor for sending me a review copy.

Do the world a favor and buy this book from your local indie bookstore or borrow it from your public library.

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