by Derik Cavignano
Release: January 24th 2015
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Horror
How I got it: Received a copy from NetGalley
A DEMON'S REVENGE ... AN ADDICT'S STRUGGLE ... THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF A TOWN
Nestled in the heart of the Berkshires lies Glenwood, Massachusetts--the perfect picture of suburbia. But when the children of this affluent town begin vanishing one by one, baffling local and federal authorities alike, Glenwood becomes anything but a utopia.
Built upon the ruins of a lost colony, Glenwood is home to a long-forgotten secret, and when three strangers are lured into the midnight woods by the phantom of a Puritan boy, they discover the truth of the town's dark past and must face a vision of its bloody future.
Together, this unlikely trio--Jay, an alcoholic school teacher, Tim, a wise-cracking new kid in town, and Sarah, a nine-year-old with a host of imaginary friends--must somehow find a way to rescue the town from an ancient demon and its legion of human slaves. But in order for them to succeed, Jay must first conquer his own inner demons.
Review: This book is not for the faint of heart. It is gory, and at times gruesome.
Our three main characters are lured into the woods by the ghost of a Puritan boy who lived in the colony long before it was the current town of Glenwood. Let's start with Jay, an alcoholic school teacher, I was irritated and sort of impressed by Jay. Irritated because he had a bit of a poor me complex, yet impressed by the way he fought his own demons to help the town. Next there is Tim, a smart ass teen who's new to town, I liked Tim. He was a smartass but brave and willing to help even though he hadn't really had all that great a reception from his new town. Finally we have Sarah, a nine year old little girl, honestly I found this character unnecessary. Over all she didn't do all that much. I liked these characters and they were easy to sympathise with.
The plot while engaging was unsettling at times and gory. Due to the gore, the fact that this was very descriptive and well done in the writing department could be taken either way depending on how you like your horror. I feel Mr Cavignano did a good job on this book, but I don't think it's for everyone. If your a horror fan with a strong stomach then give it a go.