When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in her hometown, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won’t find the killer. After all, the year before her father’s body was found with his heart missing, and since then everyone has moved on. Even her best friend, Miranda, has become more interested in boys than in spending time at the old ghost tree, the way they used to when they were kids. So when Lauren has a vision of a monster dragging the remains of the girls through the woods, she knows she can’t just do nothing. Not like the rest of her town.
But as she draws closer to answers, she realizes that the foundation of her seemingly normal town might be rotten at the centre. And that if nobody else stands for the missing, she will.
It’s not very often that I pick up a book with elements of fantasy in them as it’s not my favourite genre, however, this one was a fun and creepy read!
If you love the small-town-secrets trope as much as I do, this is going to be a winner! Told through the eyes of several different characters, this book unfolds the story of Smiths Hollow’s shady past using a mixture of horror and lore.
This novel has a series of well fleshed out characters and a brilliant atmospheric tension throughout. No doubt were there several creepy moments in this story with vivid and grotesque imagery that really brought the darkness of this novel to life.
At just over 500 pages, this is quite a hefty book, and to be honest, I think some of it could have been cut out. I actually think Miranda’s story could have been entirely removed and told in a different way.
That being said, overall, this was an enjoyable read. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for something spooky with a heavy emphasis on folklore!
*I was gifted this book by Titan Books in exchange for an honest review*
Edition Published: 2020, Titan Books
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Fantasy
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.99