The Oath

“He looked out the bathroom window toward the mountains, the south-facing slopes with their countless regiments of pine and fir awash in the afternoon sun.  A beautiful sight, but it brought only one thought: Night was coming.

They say it always happens at night.” (pages 27-28)

Sticking with the theme of mysterious killers, we’re moving on to Frank Peretti’s The Oath.  Peretti mainly writes Christian fiction that deals with the supernatural although this one could certainly be called a horror story too.  After reading This Present Darkness and Piercing The Darkness I had high expectations going into this and it certainly didn’t disappoint.


“What are they afraid of?”

“Oh, ghosts, spirits of the dead, all that stuff.  They think the place is haunted.” He looked down at the rock he was sitting on.  “Some say the devil lives here, and they talk about how this is the gateway where evil comes into the world.” (page 158)

On the surface, The Oath is an excellent read full of action and suspense.  The pace of the book is good and even though it’s over 500 pages I finished it pretty quick because I really wanted to know how it was all going to end.  But more than that it offers an interesting perspective on sin and how it can destroy lives.

Even if you don’t typically read Christian fiction, but like a good suspense/horror story, this book is worth a try. I certainly wouldn’t mind reading this one again but with all the other books I’ve got to read (and reread) I’m not sure I’ll ever get around to it.

From The Cover: Something sinister is at work in Hyde River, an isolated old mining town in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.
Something evil.
Under the cover of darkness, it strikes without warning, taking life in the most chilling and savage fashion.  The latest victim, nature photographer Cliff Benson, was brutally killed while camping in the mountains.
With little evidence to go on, Sheriff Les Collins closes the case, chalking it up to the work of a rogue bear – just like so many other unsolvable deaths and disappearances that have plagued Hyde River over the years.
But wildlife biologist refuses to let the cause of his brother’s death remain a mystery.  He is joined in his investigation by attractive, auburn-haired Sheriff’s Deputy Tracy Ellis.  She has grown up in Hyde River.  She’s seen enough things swept under the rug by local law enforcement to know that something’s amiss.
The harder townsfolk are pressed for information, the more they close ranks, as if sworn to secrecy.  It is only when Steve gains access to old letters and diaries of the town’s forefathers that he begins to peel away the layers of mystery surrounding Hyde River.  Steve and Tracy are drawn closer to each other and to the town’s terrible secret.  What they discover is a predator more terrifying than anything they had imagined and a town in the grip of unspeakable evil.
Once again best-selling author Frank Peretti has crafted a spellbinding novel filled with tension and suspense crescendoing to a peak of raw-edged terror that will keep you breathless.  This is masterful storytelling at its very best.

Just One More Thing: “You weren’t crazy, old buddy. You had your quirks, but one thing you had that nobody else had was peace.  That says a lot.” (page 547)

This Edition: Paperback published by Word (1995)

Other Books By Frank Peretti: Fiction – Tilly, This Present Darkness, Piercing The Darkness, Prophet, The Visitation, Monster, Illusion, House (with Ted Dekker), Harbingers Novella Series (contributor) – Children’s Fiction – The Cooper Kids Adventure Series, The Veritas Project Series, All Is Well: The Miracle Of Christmas In July – Non-Fiction – The Wounded Spirit, No More Victims, No More Bullies

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