Northwoods by Bill Schweigart #bookreviews #TuesdayBookBlog

Some borders should never be crossed. From the author of The Beast of Barcroft comes a waking nightmare of a 25614709horror novel that’s sure to thrill readers of Stephen King and Bentley Little.

Ex–Delta Force Davis Holland, now an agent for the Customs and Border Protection, has seen it all. But nothing in his experience has prepared him for what he and the local sheriff find one freezing night in the Minnesota woods.

Investigating reports of an illegal border crossing, the two men stumble across a blood-drenched scene of mass murder, barely escaping with their lives . . . and a single clue to the mayhem: a small wooden chest placed at the heart of the massacre. Something deadly has entered Holland’s territory, crossing the border from nightmare into reality.

When news of the atrocity reaches wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance, he sends a three-person team north to investigate. Not long ago, the members of that team—Ben McKelvie, Lindsay Clark, and Alex Standingcloud—were nearly killed by a vengeful shapeshifter. Now they are walking wounded, haunted by gruesome memories that make normal life impossible. But there is nothing normal about the horror that awaits in the Northwoods. –

I didn’t read the first book in this series, The Beast of Barcroft, but the author incorporates enough details in this story so that I got the gist of what happened.

I always enjoy getting cozy with a good horror story and Northwoods didn’t disappoint – it’s slightly reminiscent of one of my fav shows, X-Files.  Each chapter is a different character POV, and although some readers may find that distracting, I think it adds a broader scope to the plot.  This is a fast-paced, chilling read, which is occasionally gory, and I found the Native American mythology fascinating.  Not knowing the fate of some characters at times was especially suspenseful and nerve-wracking.

Although this book is pretty evenly balanced between being character vs. action-oriented, I didn’t feel like I connected with the characters as much, which I suspect is because I haven’t read the first book.  Even though the author provides details of backstories from the The Beast of Barcroft, I generally prefer to read things in sequence and have the complete picture before going in, but that may not be an issue for other readers.

This series has found a new fan in me and I’ll be anxiously waiting for the next book, and reading the first one in the meantime.  This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.


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