by D. Melhoff
on Tour April 1 - May 31, 2017
Synopsis:A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counsellors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.
Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.
My review:This thriller got off to a rough start for me. The first 70 pages or so seemed to be about very sexually active counselors newly arriving at a remote summer camp and their first night of debauchery. Then the kids arrive and shortly the murders begin. The rest of the book was page turning terror.
This is not your cozy mystery. The murderer is targeting counselors and the results are gruesome. Graphic descriptions of the murders are included. It is not for the sensitive reader. The continued murders build to a nearly unbearable nightmare of suspense. I don't think I'll ever read a fairy tale again.
I am not a fan of novels of terror but I think that readers who are would enjoy this one. Just when you think the terror is over, it isn't. I could have done without the frequent vulgar language and the graphic sexual scenes at the beginning. Other than that, this is a well crafted novel of psychological suspense and terror. Do not read late at night!
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller
Published by: Bellwoods Publishing
Publication Date: December 2016
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0992133130 (ISBN13: 9780992133139)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads
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Author Bio:D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second-grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an indepentedent and honest review.