Let the voodoo roll!
New Orleans will never be the same when a hurricane blows in hungry sharks controlled by bad magic.An uppity family is stuck on a houseboat with a family of swampers who have more secrets that you can shake a stick at. Beware as the swampers keep up the family tradition proving again why their gumbo always has that special taste...
The sharks aren't the only ones with sharp teeth!
When river born girl Candy Lynn Audette gets pregnant to rich Landry Theriot, his social climbing family are mostly horrified but take her in as she gives birth during a massive New Orleans storm. The servants become concerned by the rising flood water and the only way out is to join the Audettes on their big river boat. However, the Audettes have a secret...their gumbo has human flesh in it and they are hunting down new victims to feed their family. And a voodoo curse on the family for their perversion means that a group of sharks are following the riverboat...
There are some characters in this book who are truly awful! Emeline is an unpleasant snob, and she and spoiled daughter Trish hate poor Candy Lynn and see her as trash. Their son Landry seems to love Candy Lynn until he sees the colour of the baby that she has given birth to and wrongly accuses her of cheating on him. Emeline's husband Frank and his children are the nice part of the family, who treat Frank's servants as part of the family. Frank's side of the family stand by Candy Lynn and are at least civil to the Audettes. The Audettes are mostly a dreadful bunch, who enjoy their cannibal lifestyle, and see the hurricane as an opportunity to hunt survivors. However, saving the Theriot family means it will be more difficult to hunt, unless they can create a few accidents for the Theriots...
It was a fun b movie romp kind of book. Usually obnoxious characters can be a turn off but in a book where lots of people die, I never mind it as much and the Audettes were actually interesting in their own way. Amadee, the father is a bully and a cannibal but he does care about their wellbeing to an extent. I liked his wife who just doesn't want to live this kind of life but sees no way out of it. Candy Lynn was also a nice girl who just wants to have a decent life with a nice family of her own and wrongly thought that finding Landry would give her that.
OK lets get to the sharks! In the beginning, it seems that the sharks have just been disorientated by the storm and rising floodwaters and are taking advantage of the dead bodies in the river to feed there. They are following the boat you think because the unwanted body parts not going into the gumbo are being thrown into the river. As the plot goes on though, it becomes clear that the Audettes are cursed because of the choices they have made and the sharks are following the family itself. There are plenty of death scenes involving sharks and snakes as well as the psych behaviour of the Audettes as they seek their next meal, which keeps you entertained through the story. It amazes me how many times people end up in the water in this book!
Overall I found it a fun read and it doesn't take long to get through it. I've read various books by the author and whikle they might not win literary awards, I do find them entertaining to read and that is the main thing.
Read March 2017