A Land More Kind Than Home, the debut novel from Wiley Cash, fills me with hope for the future of the Southern gothic genre. Cash's story of a boy navigating a series of terrible events is rich in Southern themes- religion and family drama in particular- but it also stays true to the gothic style and deftly blends in the more modern genre of literary thriller. A Land More Kind Than Home is subtly terrifying and heartbreakingly stark. It was another book that I didn't want to end and when it did, every other book I picked up afterwards seemed dull in comparison. There is a spark burning throughout this novel; it starts out as an ember, igniting the story from the very first words and blazes into a wildfire by the final pages. For fans of Southern fiction, or well-written fiction, or absorbing, stay-up-late-until-early-in-the-morning-to-read-one-more-chapter fiction- A Land More Kind Than Home was written for you.