*Bloggers Note* I know I have been extremely negligent with my blog. February has been a very lazy month for me! I have been sick and just had no energy for anything! Sorry guys!
However, I am hopeful that in the next few days I will have a bunch of Reviews, some memes, a few tags, and a monthly review and the March Picks for the Book Club; in other words I will catch up! 😀
Thank you for your patience…now on to the review!
Series: Standalone/ Beast of Barcroft sequel
Author: Bill Schweigart
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group- Hydra Hydra
Published Date: February 16, 2016
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Rating: 4 Stars
I received this novel from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Netgalley)
Some borders should never be crossed. From the author of The Beast of Barcroft comes a waking nightmare of a horror 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.
Oh man, this book was so good! This is a sequel to Schweigart’s first novel The Beast of Barcroft, but can also be read as a standalone. Unfortunately I had not read TBoB, and for that I am VERY disappointed! However, I am so very thankful that it was recommended to me and I ended up requesting Northwoods from Netgalley, and now I am a firm fan of Mr. Schweigart, Alex, Lindsay, and Ben! Plus the new guy Davis! Of course I am still weary and unsure of Severance.
Northwoods follows Alex, Lindsay and Ben a year after the events of TBoB, and everyone is for the most part scarred, but functioning. I missed a lot of the dynamic because I hadn’t read the first book, but it didn’t take away anything. It was still exciting and bone chilling.
I loved the characters, loved the plot; and I can’t wait to read the next installment!