The End of the Road by Craig DiLouie is not much like his other work, but this story is captivating nonetheless. At first, the broken down vehicle with 20-somethings seems a bit cliche', especially when they come across a dying town in the middle of nowhere with some rather unsavory hillbilly characters. However, the disturbing residents and their repulsive behavior soon reveals the kind of nightmarish scenario DiLouie is known for.
Ford comes up with a solid plan to get his friends out of the cursed town, but it's one day too late. The fate of the group almost reads like a prequel to one hell of novel, if DiLouie chooses to revisit this storyline.
One thing I will never understand is why anyone would think to drive a crappy vehicle in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone reception and no backup plan...but if fictional characters showed some foresight, I suppose we wouldn't have the horror genre.