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text 2020-05-15 23:02



On the outskirts of a town too tired for its own happenings, the boys were found dead inside a tent.
​Three years later, their fathers have disappeared.
Ruth Fenn's son was the boy they blamed. For three years, Ruth has accepted her lot as pariah, focusing on her ailing mother and the children left in her care by the struggling single parents of North Falls, Vermont. But now the additional loss of her husband is too much to bear, and she has no choice but to overcome the darkness or be consumed by it. But as she edges closer to the truth, she begins to uncover some secrets that are better left buried.
That's when she meets Milk Raymond, a war vet who comes home to find his nine-year-old son abandoned by his mother. Unable to find work, with no idea how to be a father, Milk turns to Ruth for help. But as the mystery of Ruth's missing husband deepens, the fragile stability Milk has created for Daniel is shattered by the ill-fated return of Daniel's mother, who will stop at nothing to get her boy back.
As these unsettled and interconnected lives hurtle towards a devastating conclusion, both Ruth and Milk are about to learn that their dying Vermont town has more secrets than they ever thought possible--and there are those who will do anything to protect them.





MY REVIEW IN ONE SENTENCE⇢ This cover portrays exactly how I felt while listening to this...upside-down and lost in the woods...

I thought this was going to be something like The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel, which is a favorite of mine in the grit-lit category.  Sadly, it really felt like the story was incomplete to me.  I can't even really say how I feel about it because I'm not sure what even happened in it.  Maybe, it just wasn't the right time for me to read/listen to this. The ending left me hella confused and I felt like I missed something important or didn't read between the lines when I should have...I'll just say that this wasn't for me...but maybe it will be for you???

The narrators are mainly just Susan C Hunter and Neil Hellegers.  Michael Crouch (a favorite of mine) has only a very small part at the very end.  I feel like they were actually good for the content of the book...but since the book left me feeling so...meh...I'm probably not a good judge of how good they were.




Narration Rating 3.5/5
Characters 3.5/5
The Feels 2.5/5
Pacing 3/5
Addictiveness 2.5/5
Theme, Tone or Intensity 3.5/5
Originality/Believability 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 2/5
Twisty-ness/Mystery 2/5
Ending 2/5

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review 2020-05-06 14:50
In the Woods
In The Woods - Jessica Mallory,Thomas Washburn Jr

by Thomas Washburn Jr


Three children, Travis, Timmy and Abby, find a cave in the woods and make it their secret clubhouse. Though they are close friends, approaching puberty introduces complications, especially after Abby gets her first boyfriend.


This started out like a sweet story of childhood friends coming of age. Then one day Travis finds a secret door and things go horribly wrong.


This was a short story that could have been developed into something more interesting. As it was, it became tacky and cliché without even an end twist to recommend it. The writing itself was good but there was a lack of plotting or explanation and in the end, it seemed like someone's first efforts.


The quality of writing gets it an extra star.

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text 2020-04-28 02:14
A Walk in the Woods - DNF
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

On three attempts, I made it all the way to page 9. This is just not my kind of thing, so I'm not going to even rate it. 

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text 2020-04-26 03:16
A Walk in the Woods - 0/397 pg
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

Why do I have this on my shelf? I've had the hardcover on my shelf for 6 years and I have no idea why. But the Book Genie picked it for my next TBR read, so here we go. 

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text 2020-04-21 15:00
Ramsey Campbell LIVE!!!!
The Wise Friend - Ramsey Campbell
Nazareth Hill - Ramsey Campbell
The Hungry Moon - Ramsey Campbell
Ancient Images - Ramsey Campbell
Incarnate - Ramsey Campbell
Dark Feasts: The World Of Ramsey Campbell - Ramsey Campbell
The Doll Who Ate His Mother - Ramsey Campbell
The Grin of the Dark - Ramsey Campbell
The Darkest Part of the Woods - Ramsey Campbell
Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Ramsey Campbell

Are you a fan of Ramsey Campbell?


He's the winner of the Bram Stoker Award, several British Fantasy Awards, 

The Grand Master Award at the World Horror Convention in 1999,

and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writer's Association in 1999, 

among many, many others.


If you want a chance to speak with him, just Tweet #AskRamsey and pop onto Facebook Thursday to see if he answers!



(Please note this time is in GMT, which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time

here in the US)




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