Friday, October 16, 2020

Don't go into the woods!

Going on a hike!!
Ashlough Forest, one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Look out for some photos when I get back...



Only Eileen Hershberger never returns from her hike. And when someone finally finds her camera, it's miles downriver. The police in Helmer think she's probably dead. But her brother, Chris, and his friends are headed to Ashlough Forest to search for her. Because they spotted something strange in three of her photos; something tall, and clawed, and terrifying. And if she's still alive, then she's in real trouble, and they're determined to find her. Or at least find out what happened to her. What they don't know is that while they're hunting for Eileen, something else is hunting them.

My thoughts:  This is a well-written, fast and fun read. I didn't think it was super scary, but the suspense definitely builds as the creature in the woods circles ever closer to Chris and his friends. And there are some very tense moments along the way. I appreciated that Chris and his friends weren't stupidly reckless in their efforts to find Eileen. Even when things go wrong--and things do go terribly wrong--they try to hold it together, and I liked that about them. The other side of the story revolves around Detective Carla Delago and her suspicions that there's more to Eileen's disappearance than just one missing hiker. That part of the story wasn't quite as gripping, but it was still good. And there are two unexpected twists at the end. All in all, this was an entertaining read. Even though it makes me determined to never go hiking in the woods alone again!

Happy Reading!
 

 

31 comments:

  1. :) Sounds like some strange things in these woods!

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  2. Though I have not read too many books plotted this way, I love creature in the woods type films and television shows. This one sounds fun.

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    1. I love those kinds of movies, too. I'm really liking the new TV show Swamp Thing for the same reason. :)

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  3. Sounds like a fun one for Halloween!

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  4. This sounds really good! Characters who do stupidly reckless stuff is one of my biggest pet peeves, so it's nice to hear these characters aren't like that. :)

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    1. Stupid characters are a big pet peeve of mine, too. They're just so frustrating!

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  5. Hi Lark, I definitely plan to read Darcy Coates at some point. The haunted house/woods genre really appeals to me and Darcy sounds like someone who really understands this world and writes well.

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    1. I've enjoyed several of her books. And she's written a lot! I look forward to reading more of her stuff. :)

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  6. Hey! It sounds very interesting and scary. Have a good day

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  7. This one has been on my TBR for AGES and it's one of the many that I need to get to.

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  8. The woods always make a good setting for a story, isn't it? Just like the book we're currently reading. ;)

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    1. The woods are great...equally spooky and beautiful. :)

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  9. If I had any woods around here I might go hiking a little bit but I don't so that's not gonna happen. Sounds like a really good book.

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    1. It's a fun read. And I do live where there are lots of mountain trails and woods...and I love hiking in them, just not alone. :)

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  10. Yep, never go into the woods if you are a character in a horror novel or movie. Words to live by...

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    1. You should never go into abandoned asylums or haunted houses either. Especially alone or at night! ;D

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  11. Ooh this sounds awesome! "something tall, and clawed, and terrifying"... perfect! I need a scary read. :)

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    1. You should try this one...tell me what you think of it! :)

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  12. Oh my, this one gives me the shivers! I'm sorry the part with the cop didn't go well - bits like that can be very frustrating in a book I am enjoying

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    1. Those parts were good, just not as interesting or suspenseful as all the parts in the woods! But the two story lines do come together at the end with a bang. :)

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  13. I go hiking alone, although I probably shouldn't. I always have my pepper spray in hand and the hikes I do are well traveled by other hikers. Still, I'm sure this story would give me pause. Sounds like something I'd like! :)

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    1. If you do, let me know what you think of it! :)

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  14. It’s on kindle unlimited and is now sitting on my kindle!

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