A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.
Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.
* from Goodreads
Let me start by saying I may never let my children near a camp again, especially as a counselor!
What I liked: I remember back a million years ago when I was in high school they made loads of movies about monsters, usually the people kind (serial killers), not the created kind (Frankenstein, Dracula, Jason…), wreaking havoc on innocent victims away at summer camp. I was just as on the edge of my seat as I read Grimm Woods as I was back then.
A cross between those terrifying movies and the Grimm tales, Grimm Woods is sure to put you on edge. You remember the real Grimm tales, right? Not the Disney ones. The ones that were too scary for words. Take those and add in a killer bent on revenge and you’ve got serious suspense!
I did find Grimm Woods more compelling with each word I read. Fighting to learn why as each of them desperately fought for another moment of life. The end was satisfying, if heartbreaking.
If you’re looking for a book you’ll be excitedly turning the pages of in trepidation, this is the book for you!
What I didn’t like: Between the foul language, crude conversations, and drug use I had a difficult time getting into Grimm Woods. I get that Grimm Woods was made more real and the antagonist more understandable by showering the flaws of the “innocent”. After a while, there was less and I was able to ignore those aspects and simply be terrified.
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|Publisher & Date:
|Bellwoods Publishing, December 2016
|0992133130 (ISBN13: 9780992133139)
|Adult — the steam, language, and gruesomeness makes this one a high R-rated novel in my opinion
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