There is much to like about A Cold Season. This is quiet horror at its best. The tension is subtle but chilling; Ben’s change from a sweet kid to something eerie is very frightening. In fact, this kid is a poster child for the ‘creepy-kid’ horror genre, and Ms. Littlewood is to be commended for this deft portrayal. There is one passage with the boy and rats in an unfinished unit that is unnerving as hell. The entire book is reminiscent of Rosemary’s Baby to some degree.
If I have one complaint, it is with Cass’ character. The woman is clueless at times. The evidence that something awful is happening continuously knocks her over the head and she discounts the evidence with frustrating regularity. The ending too was a little disappointing – part of which was due to the fact that the setup was very well done (and the reader is kept in the dark very effectively) so that the finale is kind of a letdown. Nonetheless, this is a great horror tale from a new talent.