Monday, 26 March 2012

The Girl in the Woods by David Jack Bell

This is the story of Diana, haunted by the loss of her sister who went missing 5 years ago. Haunted by visions of a clearing in the woods, and her mother in a nursing home with rapidly declining Alzheimers, she moves away from her home town in an attempt to get some closure. All goes well until she is approached by a woman claiming to have news about her sister. in exchange for Diana looking for her own missing daughter, will she tell Diana all she knows?

This was a riveting read that kept me glued to my Kindle. There were three distinct threads running through this story - Diana and her sick mother, the kidnapper and Kay Todd whose own daughter had also gone missing. Throw in a side story of a University Professor searching for the source of local folklore - a 'haunted' clearing and you have the makings of a chilling at times page turner. The characters were all eminently likeable and I wanted to find out how things turned out. It was seriously creepy in places and the ending was bitter-sweet. I can't say any more than that for fear of spoilers! I totally recommend this if you like your horror on the chilly side rather than all out gore.

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