Ritual is a recently-released novella, and my first read from author Steve Stred. This was an intense story, best read in one sitting. Things started out rather tame, with glimpses into the main character’s seemingly mundane life. It quickly ramped up, and I found myself flipping pages rather quickly to see what was coming next.
There are some truly depraved deeds and unsavory characters in this story. If you’re looking for a feel-good read, this isn’t it. However, if you’re in the market for a fast-paced, brutal story with an unforgettable ending, then you’ve come to the right place. I was horrified at times, but the solid storytelling carried me through. Sometimes I enjoy just feeling freaked out after I read a story, and this one definitely put me in that place. I am curious to read more from this author, especially in full-length novel format.