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Delivers exactly what it promises.
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2018
HORROR IN THE WOODS, by Lee Mountford is a gore-splattered romp in the woods (literally). Complete with your token backwoods family--although this one DOES have a few differences than most--your group that gets "lost in the woods", and the horror and torture that ensue.
". . . 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.