REVIEW: Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus

Imagine that Stephen King wrote E.T., and you’ll have an idea of what’s it’s like to read Bent Heavens, the new science fiction horror novel by Daniel Kraus (co-author of the Shape of Water with Guillermo del Toro). It’s a fast-paced, somewhat horrifying story about teenage girl, Liv Fleming, whose father, Lee, disappears for good not long after returning from two years during which he claims to have been abducted by aliens. Despite the social, emotional, and psychological damage her father has done to his family in his little Iowa town, Liv and her best friend, Doug Monk, carry on his tradition of maintaining traps he set all around their yard, before his final disappearance, to catch any aliens that might come seeking to abduct him again. And hopefully, Liv can prove him right after all. When tension and conflict at high school become impossible for Liv, she decides it’s time to get over the loss of her father. She sets out to destroy the traps at last and end her living nightmare, and guess what she finds…