Book Review: It Rides A Pale Horse

10.04.2022 | Redhook
Rating: 4/5 stars


The Larkin siblings are known around the small town of Wofford Falls. Both are artists, but Peter Larkin, Lark to his friends, is the hometown hero. The one who went to the big city and got famous, then came back and settled down. His sister Betsy on the other hand is more… eccentric. She keeps to herself. When Lark goes to deliver one of his latest pieces to a fabulously rich buyer, it seems like a regular transaction. Even being met at the gate of the sprawling, secluded estate by an intimidating security guard seems normal. Until the guard plays him a live feed: Betsy being abducted in real time. Lark is informed that she’s safe for now, but her well‑being is entirely in his hands. He’s given a book. Do what the book says, and Betsy will go free.

It Rides A Pale Horse may be one of the weirdest and most fascinating books I’ve read to date. From the minute I started reading this one my curiosity was piqued about not only the plot, but the backstories and motivations of all the characters. I love the way the story unfolds from alternating points of view. There’s a surprising twist to who one of these come from that really added a unique flare to the storytelling within this book. 

Marino has an undeniable talent for weaving together a story that shouldn’t make sense (in the suspend your belief way), but yet totally feels plausible. I mean there are some wild things happening in this book and yet I could easily visualize it because of how well Marino describes things. If you’re looking for something outside the box, then this is definitely a book you want to pick up! 

A huge thank you to Novel Suspects and Redhook for my gifted copy!

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