By Chantal Boudreau
I love horror with monsters, supernatural…mutant…human monsters–it doesn’t matter–so I dove into this book really hoping I would enjoy it. The premise did intrigue me–a ragtag group of inhabitants from a sleepy little town venture into the woods seeking a local urban legend cryptoid monster after a series of strange occurrences including a close encounter with the monster and the kidnapping of a neighborhood boy. It had the makings of a good story.
Unfortunately, while it had a lot to offer, it didn’t quite hit the mark with me, but it might work for other readers out there. I found character intro and development a little thin and that’s the most important aspect for me in a book. The writing style was at times repetitive (for example far too many of the paragraphs began with a character name or pronoun–I was yearning for a few transitional words) and lacking in focus.
It did have its strong points too, though. The monster was sufficiently novel and gruesome, offering up some chills. The dialogue was entertaining and quite funny in places (I had to laugh at things like the word “citiots”). I also think it had a good feel for its setting. I suspect the author based it on somewhere familiar and captured that concretely in the story. It reminded me a little of the place where I grew up. If these are things that appeal to you as a reader, this book might just be for you.
While I think the book had an interesting concept and some good scares, it fell a tad short, so this one rated a three out of five for me.