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Horror in the Woods: Book 1 in the Extreme Horror Series Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07192GLMG
- Publication date : May 5, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2734 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 298 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1974287734
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #87,206 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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". . . it felt like they had crossed over into something . . . a different kind of place . . . "
We begin with a group of four: Ashley, her new boyfriend, Tim, best friend, Kim, and boyfriend, Craig. What starts out as a "vacation" to get to know each other better, very quickly changes pace when they come across something . . . unexpected . . . in the woods, that changes everything. I have to say that while this novel did have some key differences from others of its kind (especially towards the end), for the main part, it starts with the usual formulaic sequences. Considering that there really isn't much to change one's view of the events that are anticipated to come, I would have liked to have seen some really stand-out characters to bring the story alive in a different manner. Unfortunately, I never connected to any of them, and found their personalities to be very predictable and cliched overall.
". . . Ashley wasn't sure what the difference was between a forest and just woods, but it seemed an inadequate description for the mass of trees that sprouted from the hilltop . . ."
There were some nice descriptions here, and a slightly different angle to the end, but honestly not enough to make more of an average impression upon me. If you're looking for a book that delivers exactly what the title states, this does that. I just didn't feel it had enough of a "lasting" effect for my personal tastes.
Still, a solid story for those looking for precisely that.
I do appreciate how quickly the author gets to the action. In a lot of cannibal tales, there's usually a bunch of meandering and pointless arguments that kind of make me wish the baddies would hurry up and eat some of these characters already. Not so much here. However, the source of the cannibal clan's cannibalism was a little too far-fetched for me, and the idea of cannibalism basically giving them superpowers due to the source of their hunger was a little laughable (to me, at least. There were a few scenes that I'm sure were meant to be scary or creepy, but the mental image just kind of, well, gave me a bit of a hoot).
It's worth a read if you need to fill an afternoon, but this doesn't look like one I'll be re-reading anytime soon.
It is a very quick read. I finished the whole book in one evening. There is a lot of action and at least a couple pretty gory scenes. There is also a bit of a Lovecraftian angle that elevates the book a bit above some others in the genre, but could have been pushed more or explained better. On the negative side, none of the characters are particularly likable or sympathetic so it's hard to care about what happens to any of them. It was also rather predictable for the most part. So I doubt I'll read anything more by this author.
This is my second Lee Mountford book and both were very good. Highly recommend this one!
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One criticism, which I'm sure the writer is now aware of, was the number of typos. Any writer worth their salt will surely learn from this and come back swinging. I have no doubt Lee Mountford is such a writer and his next book will knock our socks off.
If you have a weak stomach do not read, it's very gory and at times a lump formed in my throat as it made me feel sick.
The writing was probably some of the best writing I've seen in a while, definitely will buy more from this author.