I enjoyed this novella by Kristin Dearborn. She is a writer whose work I have never come across before, and it’s always nice to read somebody new. As for Darkfuse. They are one of my favourite publishers and I have found myself rarely disappointed by their releases. I read the synopsis for this novella and was intrigued. Here is a little bit about it and what I thought..
The story is set in Maine, New England during the winter. People have started to disappear! Whatever is making these people disappear leaves a bloody mess and it appears as though the bodies are combusting! The opening chapters of the book set up the story well. A bloody mess is discovered and a mysterious woman dressed in white appears. We have a couple of ingredients here that have set us up for a supernatural horror thriller….after the great opening things slow down. A little too much for my liking. We are introduced to and then delve into the pasts and current situations of a few of the locals that will be key characters within the story; three young women and a crazy ex-boyfriend called Nate (a despicable character that you will love to hate!) These scenes are interspersed with more disappearances. Is it a mountain lion? a bear? or an angry racoon??
People continue to go missing, turning up in a bloody pulp and the locals can’t figure out what is going on, but a pattern is beginning to emerge. All of the deaths are male!
What I really liked about this novella was that it was unpredictable. Just when you think you have it all sussed out there is the *avoids big spoiler* You will be routing for Nate to get his just deserts as he is a vile human being. Some of the other characters I didn’t much care for but they were fleshed out quite well, considering this is a novella. It bears some resemblance to King’s ‘Dreamcatcher’ in setting and does have that supernatural element. The story takes a gruesome turn as we discover more about the woman in white and what she actually is. This is the part that I really enjoyed. I just wish there would’ve been a bit more of this as I found these scenes to be unpleasant and gruesome.
Overall this was a cool read. I loved the setting of the book, the thing in the woods and some of the characters. I was just pining for some more carnage to make this a five star read. I will be looking out for more books by Kristin Dearborn-another to add to my bulging list of must read writers.
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