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.
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This thriller is about the experience of a group of counselors and children in a remote summer camp. Scott at the age of 21 is a new counselor of the group. What starts to be an adventurous and fun time for kids, ends with each counselor getting murdered by a random unknown killer. Now, Scott has to find out the pattern, reason behind the killings and save the other counselors and himself.
The writing style of the author is very casual, but not very easy to follow for a non-American reader. The book really is thrilling and unpredictable. The pace is also good keeping the reader's attention. The storyline is interesting as the mystery element is combined with classic fairy tales. The characterization is good and apt for the story. I felt the book cover can be more interesting. If you judge the book by the cover, you might not expect this to be a good thriller.
The only put off for me is the foul language in the book. I also didn't feel it easy to read as it has more American slang.
My Rating: 3/5
PS: I have received this book from the author for review and this is my honest opinion on the book.
D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror. For more information, visit www.dmelhoff.com.
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