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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,079 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Koryta Narrator: Robert Petkof Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In an isolated stretch of eastern Kentucky, on a hilltop known as Blade Ridge, stands a lighthouse that illuminates nothing but the surrounding woods. For years the lighthouse has been considered no more than an eccentric local landmark—until its builder is found dead at the top of the light, and his belongings reveal a troubling local history.

For deputy sheriff Kevin Kimble, the lighthouse keeper’s death is disturbing and personal. Years ago, Kimble was shot while on duty. Somehow the death suggests a connection between the lighthouse and the most terrifying moment of his life.

Audrey Clark is in the midst of moving her large-cat sanctuary onto land adjacent to the lighthouse. Sixty-seven tigers, lions, leopards, and one legendary black panther are about to have a new home there. Her husband, the sanctuary’s founder, died scouting the new property, and Audrey is determined to see his vision through.

As strange occurrences multiply at the Ridge, the animals grow ever more restless, and Kimble and Audrey try to understand what evil forces are moving through this ancient landscape, just past the divide between dark and light.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A man in love with the woman who shot him. Who could possibly resist that story? Not me. Read on, and discover one of the scariest and most touching horror tales in years.”

    James Patterson

  • “A freshly imagined and elegantly constructed variation on the dead-of-night ghost story…readers are swept along by Koryta’s narrative voice, which is surprisingly soft and low and poetically insinuating.”

    New York Times

  • “Here, Koryta has created a vivid world that’s hard to shake for days after the book is finished. In The Ridge, he has delivered a nuanced supernatural thriller worthy of the praise he’s received and that is surely yet to come.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A new suspense novel that’s sure to send a few unseasonable shivers down the back of your neck…In addition to being a spooky thriller, the book is about a lot of different kinds of loss and love.”


  • “Koryta matches an original and complex plot line with prose full of understated menace.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Koryta…gets deep inside the minds of his protagonists, and the story is intriguing and…spooky. It’s a good book, effectively blending crime and horror…this one will definitely cross over to fans of both genres.”


  • “Koryta delivers another supernatural thriller with punch…Part ghost story, part murder mystery, all thriller, this fast-paced and engaging read will have readers leaving the nightlight on long after they have finished the book.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Koryta] has produced a supernatural thriller that will raise goose bumps the size of golf balls.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2012 Macavity Award Nominee for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2011 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Hardcover Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/9/2014

    " Another winner by Michael Koryta, this is a return to the semi-magical world that I loved in some of the previous books that I have read, like my personal favorite "So Cold the River". A worthwhile read for Koryta fans! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen B | 2/6/2014

    " Maybe because I hadn't read a thriller/horror story in a long while, but I really enjoyed this book. The suspense builds slowly and the ending was satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ken | 1/31/2014

    " 4.5 stars. Author just seems to get better and better. A lighthouse on a ridge in the middle of the forest? Why? Excellent storytelling with a supernatural touch. Excellent narration. 2012 Intntl Thriller Writers best novel nominee "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 1/26/2014

    " Although engrossing, it really had nothing new. "

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