Format: E-Book, 264 pages
Publication: August 10, 2021 by Vesuvian Books
Synopsis: When Hannah Green’s dog comes out of the woods carrying a sneaker that contains a partially decomposed foot, she thinks it’s the worst thing that could ever happen to her. She is wrong. What is the strange old woman Mama Bayole hiding in her decrepit farmhouse? Why is the local librarian so determined to prevent them from researching town history? Who is following them around Hopedale, New Hampshire? Hannah and her friend Ashley make a shocking discovery about what has been happening in the woods behind Hannah’s house. As they get closer to the truth, things take a dangerous turn, and they play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that may end up costing them their lives.
Okay, wow. Talk about creepy! I read this surrounded by people in broad daylight, and I was still on edge all day. Horror and thriller novels very rarely creep me out to this point, but this was an insane book – I mean, the ending (as well as the entire book) was nowhere near what I was expecting!
I loved the characters in this. Their friendship was amazing, and I just found myself happy to read about them. Seeing Hannah go on her first date was adorable! I also liked that there was some focus on their family issues as well. While it’s not the exact same as Hannah’s experience, I could connect with her because of the “just her and her dad” thing; it was nice to see that represented, despite the differences in our experience.
Disclaimer: I received a gifted copy of this book via JeanBookNerd Tours in exchange for an honest review.
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Meet the Author
Tom Deady’s first novel, Haven, was published by Cemetery Dance in 2016 and won the Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. He has since published a novel entitled, Eternal Darkness, as well as several short stories and novellas, his most recent being Coleridge.
His novel, The Clearing, is book one in a horror trilogy and inspired by true events. (Vesuvian Books, 2021) Tom holds a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a member of the New England Horror Writers. He resides in Massachusetts where he is working on his next novel.
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