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The small Scottish town of Auchenmullan is dead, and has been for years. It sits in the shadow of a mountain, forgotten and atrophying in the perpetual gloom. Forty-seven residents are all that remain. There's nothing to do there, nothing to see, except for a solitary grave near the top of the mountain. MAGGIE WALL BURIED HERE AS A WITCH reads the faded inscription. But somet The small Scottish town of Auchenmullan is dead, and has been for years. It sits in the shadow of a mountain, forgotten and atrophying in the perpetual gloom. Forty-seven residents are all that remain. There's nothing to do there, nothing to see, except for a solitary grave near the top of the mountain. MAGGIE WALL BURIED HERE AS A WITCH reads the faded inscription. But sometimes the dead don't stay buried. Especially when they have unfinished business. A relentless folk-horror nightmare from the author of The Forgotten Island, Maggie's Grave will disturb and shock in equal measure.


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The small Scottish town of Auchenmullan is dead, and has been for years. It sits in the shadow of a mountain, forgotten and atrophying in the perpetual gloom. Forty-seven residents are all that remain. There's nothing to do there, nothing to see, except for a solitary grave near the top of the mountain. MAGGIE WALL BURIED HERE AS A WITCH reads the faded inscription. But somet The small Scottish town of Auchenmullan is dead, and has been for years. It sits in the shadow of a mountain, forgotten and atrophying in the perpetual gloom. Forty-seven residents are all that remain. There's nothing to do there, nothing to see, except for a solitary grave near the top of the mountain. MAGGIE WALL BURIED HERE AS A WITCH reads the faded inscription. But sometimes the dead don't stay buried. Especially when they have unfinished business. A relentless folk-horror nightmare from the author of The Forgotten Island, Maggie's Grave will disturb and shock in equal measure.

30 review for Maggie's Grave: A Horror Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Andy Marr

    I think I got me a new favourite David Sodergren novel...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    “There, in the window of Maggie’s cottage, flickered a single candle.” You are guaranteed three things when you pick up any Sodergren book - there will be old-school horror vibes, there will be laughs... and there will be blood. Lots of it. There are only 47 residents in the small Scottish town of Auchenmullan, where there is nothing to do, nothing to see, but a solitary grave near the top of a mountain. The faded inscription reads “Maggie Wall buried here as a witch”, but sometimes, the dead don’ “There, in the window of Maggie’s cottage, flickered a single candle.” You are guaranteed three things when you pick up any Sodergren book - there will be old-school horror vibes, there will be laughs... and there will be blood. Lots of it. There are only 47 residents in the small Scottish town of Auchenmullan, where there is nothing to do, nothing to see, but a solitary grave near the top of a mountain. The faded inscription reads “Maggie Wall buried here as a witch”, but sometimes, the dead don’t stay buried... Often I’m a little self-conscious when I post a gushing review for the latest Sodergren book, I’m falling into fangirl territory here, but I’m truly in awe of how he manages to consistently churn out these unique, fast-paced and, most importantly, FUN horror novels. I always have a blast when reading them - he is the master of combining creepy, disturbing shit with laugh out loud moments. I don’t know how he does it, he must be a wizard! Every new Sodergren is my NEW favourite, as he somehow continually outdoes himself with each subsequent book. Maggie’s Grave has all of his qualities that I’ve come to know and love, such as strong yet flawed female protagonists, a real sense of place and, of course, balls to the wall, no holds-barred HORROR. And plenty of WTF moments! Just when I think Sodergren can’t possibly go any further, can’t go any darker, he does. And I love him for it. I’m going to say nothing else - you’ll know by now if you’re a fan of his work. And if you have yet to discover the genius that is Sodergren, just know that Maggie’s Grave is one of the best horror novels I’ve read this year (it sits behind only The Fisherman). Basically you need it! This is the book you MUST read this spooky season. 5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    I'm honestly not surprised this time. David Sodergren has done it again, another 5 star Horror book. His previous books: THE FORGOTTEN ISLAND NIGHT SHOOT DEAD GIRL BLUES All 5 stars and now we can add MAGGIE'S GRAVE to this impressive record. Above all else, easily my favorite aspect of Sodergren's writing is the accessibility. I know that immediately upon opening one of his books, I will be drawn into the story and the pages will turn effortlessly and without notice; just the cinematic pictures in I'm honestly not surprised this time. David Sodergren has done it again, another 5 star Horror book. His previous books: THE FORGOTTEN ISLAND NIGHT SHOOT DEAD GIRL BLUES All 5 stars and now we can add MAGGIE'S GRAVE to this impressive record. Above all else, easily my favorite aspect of Sodergren's writing is the accessibility. I know that immediately upon opening one of his books, I will be drawn into the story and the pages will turn effortlessly and without notice; just the cinematic pictures in your mind. I'm always a bit sad when I have to put the book aside for a moment but I always enjoy that feeling of anticipation and longing to pick it back up. Readers, you know that feeling! I love when I feel that way about a book--when you just can't wait to be back in the story and you look forward to it the whole time you're away. MAGGIE'S GRAVE is the story of a small town in Scotland where everyone knows each other in a very ingrown sort of way. The town's teens have grown up together and they are up to their usual evening entertainment when they meet a stranger in a pub. Overly eager to do something out of the norm and impress this visitor from the US, they decide to take her to a local grave. Not just any grave... The resident teens have heard the folkloric tales of MAGGIE'S GRAVE since childhood but they downplay the importance of the legend for the sake of some fun. And that's what this book is, FUN. Sodergren is so consistently reliable showcasing his best storytelling attributes: Lots of laughs, gross-out gore, classic-style, old-school horror, authentic dialog, an engrossing storyline and characters one can really invest in. All of this is present here and then some. I love showing up to expect the unexpected and MAGGIE'S GRAVE delivers. If you're an avid horror fan and you've read THE WICKED by James Newman, this book would be shelved next to it--there are some very similar components. A small-town, folk-horror, action-packed, a relentless paced story with jaw-dropping, hair-raising moments you'll never forget! One scene, in particular, was so wild, I had to message some people and freak out over it. This one is *perfect* to satisfy your "season of horror" cravings in October. Do NOT miss this!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    Review to come! Outstanding!

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Coycaterpillar Reads

    If you haven’t added Maggie’s Grave to you TBR, then why the hell not? This is in my opinion the best example of a witchy folk tale horror out there. It brings it all to the table, Sodergren slaps it all down, liquified organs and all. The first couple of chapters are usually enough to decide whether a book is going to be for you…the author nailed it in one. I had a keen sense of foreboding, that small time village feel, residents knowing everything about you, talking about you, judging you. Sod If you haven’t added Maggie’s Grave to you TBR, then why the hell not? This is in my opinion the best example of a witchy folk tale horror out there. It brings it all to the table, Sodergren slaps it all down, liquified organs and all. The first couple of chapters are usually enough to decide whether a book is going to be for you…the author nailed it in one. I had a keen sense of foreboding, that small time village feel, residents knowing everything about you, talking about you, judging you. Sodergren nails it. The shades of darkness is quite literally written on the wall. Beth was one of those characters you just loved to hate. I’m not saying she was all bad, far from it. I could completely relate to her. Like her I have lived in a small highland village and it can be claustrophobic. Everyone seems to know your business before you do. It seems like many of the residents have no ambition to live anywhere else. That was never me, like Beth I wanted out. Beth epitomises the human condition. She gets carried away with bad thoughts and feelings even though she tries to batter them down. First impressions? I thought she treated everyone around her horribly – Alice and Grady especially. Even if I couldn’t understand why she did a thing, I could at least understand the thought behind it. Maggie’s grave is bloody cinematic. A group of teenagers decide one night (I mean are they fucking crazy?) to trek up the mountain to visit Maggie’s cottage and grave. She was killed as a witch in 1657 and the tale of how she was buried is horrific. One of the teenagers is onto a promise and he’d literally do anything to have sex with this fresh American girl. The following scenes had me both gasping in shock but laughing at just how outrageous the scene must have looked in Beth’s eyes. (I have a sick sense of humour). Maggie’s grave scared the living crap out of me. Little do the teens know the importance behind Maggie coming back. Just why is she stalking them? Disclaimer: I was seriously shocked behind her resurrection. This story would be amazing as a movie – Shudder you better be listening! Maggie’s Grave is a tailspin of emotions. Once Sodergren hits the accelerator he doesn’t pause for breath. He cranks the tension and gore to breaking point.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    MAGGIE'S GRAVE, by David Sodergren is a novel about a woman, falsely accused of being a witch, who haunts a town centuries later. While the premise is one we've seen often enough, the details and actions of the witch were unique and captivating. I really enjoyed the scenes with her. My only issue was the one main character from the town--I just never "connected" with her. I also figured out a major part of the story very early on, which made the ending somewhat less climatic for me. I will be tryin MAGGIE'S GRAVE, by David Sodergren is a novel about a woman, falsely accused of being a witch, who haunts a town centuries later. While the premise is one we've seen often enough, the details and actions of the witch were unique and captivating. I really enjoyed the scenes with her. My only issue was the one main character from the town--I just never "connected" with her. I also figured out a major part of the story very early on, which made the ending somewhat less climatic for me. I will be trying another book from this author, as I've heard good things about them.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steve Stred

    ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** If you’ve been a fan of my work or David’s work, you’ll know the two of us have been weaved together one way or another for a few years now. I’ve beta read for David, he’s beta read for me as well as he’s been my editor/copy editor on almost all of my releases. And, as of writing this review, we’ve completed draft one of a novel we’ve co-written. What I love about David’s writing is his stylistic approach to creating a cinematic reading experi ** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! ** If you’ve been a fan of my work or David’s work, you’ll know the two of us have been weaved together one way or another for a few years now. I’ve beta read for David, he’s beta read for me as well as he’s been my editor/copy editor on almost all of my releases. And, as of writing this review, we’ve completed draft one of a novel we’ve co-written. What I love about David’s writing is his stylistic approach to creating a cinematic reading experience. The other author’s that do that for me? Adam Nevill, Andrew Cull and Andrew Pyper. The scenes leap off of the pages for me, which makes for such an enjoyable read. With this, his fourth release, Sodergren decided to tackle a folklore story, revolving around a small town that has a horrible history. What I liked: I’m a sucker for folklore stories and when it’s focused around a witch, even better. ‘Maggie’s Grave‘ follows four young adults, dealing with the reality that they live in a small town, where nothing happens and that this is most likely their future. One of the four has had a child, which has caused a ripple within their friendships. Then, when trying to impress a surprise visitor, they make a trip to the small town’s “spot,” which just happens to be Maggie’s grave. I loved the relationships that Sodergren weaved for us, seeing how each person was battling to change while remaining who they were. How old wounds constantly attempted to rear up and derail any sort of forward momentum they would make or could work towards positive change. As someone who grew up in a small town, so much of this was relatable. One thing I will add – that while David has never shied away from gore and carnage in his previous three releases, ‘Maggie’s Grave‘ takes a lot of that to the next, next level. There’s a scene near the ending involving a community hall and the older members of the town that will most likely cause squeamish readers to put the book down for some time or become ill while reading it. Really superb stuff. What I didn’t like: Truth here – but as a beta reader, I’ve already told David what I wanted to improve, so it’s a bit of a struggle to suggest something. What I would say is that I was a big fan of the owner of the bowling alley/bar and wished he was involved more. He was a great character. Why you should buy this: Folklore, small town, carnage, survival, this has it all. Sodergren is a stunning writer, who has easily produced three of the best books over the last few years, and ‘Maggie’s Grave‘ will make that number four. His writing style is succinct and sublime, which I found allows the reader to dive into the world quickly and really feel rooted in what is happening. I really loved this one and I think you will as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This book is bloody damn amazing! It instantly sunk its claws into me and still hasn’t let go, it’s been days since I finished reading it and I still can’t stop thinking about it. The idea is absolutely fabulous, I mean, who doesn’t want to read about a small town slowly rotting away and the terrifying hotel that descends down upon it? It takes a lot to frighten and scare me, I’ve got a very high tolerance for horror so when a book manages to scare me, you KNOW it’s good. And this book sent shiv This book is bloody damn amazing! It instantly sunk its claws into me and still hasn’t let go, it’s been days since I finished reading it and I still can’t stop thinking about it. The idea is absolutely fabulous, I mean, who doesn’t want to read about a small town slowly rotting away and the terrifying hotel that descends down upon it? It takes a lot to frighten and scare me, I’ve got a very high tolerance for horror so when a book manages to scare me, you KNOW it’s good. And this book sent shivers racing down my spine more than once and had me wanting to sleep with the lights on. This book is bloody phenomenal, by far one of THE best horror books I’ve ever been lucky enough to read! Now that I’m done gushing about Maggie’s Grave, can we all just take a second to appreciate what an amazing author Sodergren is? I’ve read all his books now and they have all been beyond brilliant horror novels and five star reads all the way through and I will automatically buy anything he writes. There’s very few authors I can say this of and that’s just beyond impressive in my eyes!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    I believe I just read my first “B” movie read. This was a sort of paint by numbers horror novel with all the spices of a creature feature midnight showing. Sex crazed teenagers, small town mystery, small town evil past and a long dead witch seeking revenge. It was entertaining that was about it,

  10. 5 out of 5

    Neil Fulwood

    Folk horror meets splatterpunk in this relatively short, viscerally intense and sometimes perversely funny novel. Sodergren is genre savvy without being all knowingly ironic and slightly dickish about it in the way that, say, Paul Tremblay is. He knows how to engage his readership, keeping things slow burn for just long enough before he hits the narrative accelerator pedal. I think I may have found my new favourite horror writer.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tara Losacano

    I just finished this and holy shit!! What a wild ride! First I'll say some of the deaths, one in particular, was something I'd never read in any other book..it was visceral, gory, and definitely a one of a kind death lol(I don't want to spoil it) Also the way Maggie is brought back out into our world was so fucking badass, another one of a kind scene that I won't soon forget. I highly recommend this awesome book..like right now, go buy it!! 5/5 witch skulls💀 I just finished this and holy shit!! What a wild ride! First I'll say some of the deaths, one in particular, was something I'd never read in any other book..it was visceral, gory, and definitely a one of a kind death lol(I don't want to spoil it) Also the way Maggie is brought back out into our world was so fucking badass, another one of a kind scene that I won't soon forget. I highly recommend this awesome book..like right now, go buy it!! 5/5 witch skulls💀

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matt (TeamRedmon)

    David Sodergren does it again. Full review to come

  13. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    Yet again, Sodergren doesn't disappoint. I've loved all his previous books and as before I breezed through this one. Yet again, Sodergren doesn't disappoint. I've loved all his previous books and as before I breezed through this one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    J.D.

    Summary In a small Scottish town there is the grave of Maggie Hall, who was buried by her small cabin on a nearby mountain for being a witch. The only 4 young adults left in Auchenmullan are about to discover the horrible truth behind the legend. They also discover the horrible things that happened in their town that drove most of the locals to leave in the first place. Personal Opinion I haven't read a David Sodergren novel that I haven't loved yet and this one is no exception! The small town sett Summary In a small Scottish town there is the grave of Maggie Hall, who was buried by her small cabin on a nearby mountain for being a witch. The only 4 young adults left in Auchenmullan are about to discover the horrible truth behind the legend. They also discover the horrible things that happened in their town that drove most of the locals to leave in the first place. Personal Opinion I haven't read a David Sodergren novel that I haven't loved yet and this one is no exception! The small town setting, the folklore type spirit and the gory murders really came together well in Maggie's Grave. Although it may sound a bit harsh, I was actually on Maggie's side for this one. This book is highly addictive and I never have a problem picturing the story playing out in my head as I'm reading. I'd highly recommend this as well as David Sodergrens other novels for any and all horror fans.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Corrina Morse

    Humorous And Horrific! 🖤 Well that was bloody brilliant! I loved the humour that was thrown into what was a pretty horrific but awesomely brilliant story! It had a real chilling atmosphere, and some real cringey moments. This is my first book by David Sodergren, but it definitely wont be my last. Although I will forever be nervous about going to the toilet now....😉

  16. 5 out of 5

    James Widdall

    In the immortal words of the Road Warriors "what a rush!" The start of this book had me very confused. The first chapter opens up with or titular character giving a nice bit of history for her before we experience some truly gory things. We then jump ahead in time and I thought I was reading a teenage ghost story from the way that the characters were introduced. However as we got more into Beth's mind I realised that I was wrong and a turn happened that caught me off guard, I have never experienc In the immortal words of the Road Warriors "what a rush!" The start of this book had me very confused. The first chapter opens up with or titular character giving a nice bit of history for her before we experience some truly gory things. We then jump ahead in time and I thought I was reading a teenage ghost story from the way that the characters were introduced. However as we got more into Beth's mind I realised that I was wrong and a turn happened that caught me off guard, I have never experienced something so well written before that left me so shocked. Maggie's Grave became violent and gory and my notions of a teenage ghost story were left behind. This was my first experience of what could be considered body horror in book form and it has most definitely made me a fan. The body count was high and the the methods of death would have even James Wan shocked at the innovation used. It was also the first book I have read that gave me some form of fear whilst reading it and that is purely down to the amazing atmosphere that was created when you are waiting for something to happen. At one point my neighbours made a noise as I was reading and I felt my heart skip a beat whilst slightly jumping from my bed. If you like horror please check out David's work, with this being my introduction to him I know I will be buying more of his work and you have me as a new fan. Beautiful written, horrifically gory and a story that's very compelling to keep it all together. 5/5 I loved this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    it's a mix of paranorman and a grady hendrix book it's a mix of paranorman and a grady hendrix book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Suze McGaughey

    I absolutely LOVED this book 😊. Like look at the cover? Even that is striking! I do love a story that involves any kind of witch, and Maggie's Grave is an epic read. Its fast-paced, proper old-school horror, well written, and a few times I actually laughed at the dialogue. There was a lot of WTF moments, where I was just like "Flip!!" The amount of gore in this is unreal and the descriptions in the book, I could just play it all out in my head like a movie. And at the end? Did not expect any of I absolutely LOVED this book 😊. Like look at the cover? Even that is striking! I do love a story that involves any kind of witch, and Maggie's Grave is an epic read. Its fast-paced, proper old-school horror, well written, and a few times I actually laughed at the dialogue. There was a lot of WTF moments, where I was just like "Flip!!" The amount of gore in this is unreal and the descriptions in the book, I could just play it all out in my head like a movie. And at the end? Did not expect any of that! Poor people of Auchenmullan! Though that first chapter about Maggie Wall....dear god! No wonder she is out to wreck havoc! I would 100% recommend this to anyone and I would totally read it again! A book I couldn't put down! Definitely 5 stars!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    This was extremely good. I could not put this book down. I’m not familiar with Scotland and it’s lore but this has piqued my interests. I was all over Scotland on google earth, especially after learning in my ancestry dna that I have a good percentage that traces my history to Scotland, something I had no idea of! Sodergren is a fantastic writer. He creates such a spooky atmosphere, I felt like I was in the small town with the main characters. And the ending....omg. I can’t wait to read more by This was extremely good. I could not put this book down. I’m not familiar with Scotland and it’s lore but this has piqued my interests. I was all over Scotland on google earth, especially after learning in my ancestry dna that I have a good percentage that traces my history to Scotland, something I had no idea of! Sodergren is a fantastic writer. He creates such a spooky atmosphere, I felt like I was in the small town with the main characters. And the ending....omg. I can’t wait to read more by him. This book is perfect. Totally satisfied!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Poole

    Holy moly! This book was bloody fantastic! Another 5 🌟 from David Sodergren and I can't recommend his books enough. If you want a fast paced and gory horror novel then his books are 100% for you. I almost read this one in one sitting and I would have if I didn't have to go to work 😅 everyone should read his books. Like right now it's perfect for this season not just with the spooky plot but with the atmosphere of the Scottish Town that's very dark and eery. All the gothic vibes in this one. Holy moly! This book was bloody fantastic! Another 5 🌟 from David Sodergren and I can't recommend his books enough. If you want a fast paced and gory horror novel then his books are 100% for you. I almost read this one in one sitting and I would have if I didn't have to go to work 😅 everyone should read his books. Like right now it's perfect for this season not just with the spooky plot but with the atmosphere of the Scottish Town that's very dark and eery. All the gothic vibes in this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Reese

    Sodergren hits the mark once again! This is a fantastic offering, full of visceral, gory, pulse-quickening horror. To date, this is my favourite Sodergren novel, and I expect continued greatness in the future.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Pirrie

    Goodness. Gracious. Me. What did I just read???? This was so fun and fast paced and honestly crazy?? Also so very Scottish- 'shut up you speccy c**t'. Ah, Scotland. Really great and a classic novel in the tradition of horrible weird creepy things happening in the Highlands. Goodness. Gracious. Me. What did I just read???? This was so fun and fast paced and honestly crazy?? Also so very Scottish- 'shut up you speccy c**t'. Ah, Scotland. Really great and a classic novel in the tradition of horrible weird creepy things happening in the Highlands.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Hatchfield

    Really enjoyed this one! I had really high expectations after having read Sodergren's other books and it still managed to exceed them. It is the perfect story for spooky season. Really enjoyed this one! I had really high expectations after having read Sodergren's other books and it still managed to exceed them. It is the perfect story for spooky season.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alex Phair

    I’m yet to write a review for any books but this is the best I’ve read in a long time. 10/10. Terrifying and amazing! I couldn’t put it down especially the ending

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Sasek

    Sodergren is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. 4 novels and I loved every one of them. Maggie’s Grave is simply awesome. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bianca (Belladonnabooks)

    “Maggie Wall buried here as a witch.” Let it be known - David Sodergren knows how to write a killer witch story. See what I did there? Maggie’s Grave is the horror witch story I have been searching for and ticks so many boxes for me that I love. Scotland setting, tick. Witchy theme that is actually decent, tick. Folk horror, tick. The story begins in 1657 within the small Scottish town of Auchenmullan where Maggie Wall is brutally and unfairly murdered due to small minded suspicions of the town f “Maggie Wall buried here as a witch.” Let it be known - David Sodergren knows how to write a killer witch story. See what I did there? Maggie’s Grave is the horror witch story I have been searching for and ticks so many boxes for me that I love. Scotland setting, tick. Witchy theme that is actually decent, tick. Folk horror, tick. The story begins in 1657 within the small Scottish town of Auchenmullan where Maggie Wall is brutally and unfairly murdered due to small minded suspicions of the town folk. Years later in the present day some teens are bored so they go looking for the old grave of Maggie, only to realize that Maggie is not quite dead after all. This is a wild ride from start to finish. There’s gore, twists, creepiness and some humour/funny moments thrown in for good measure. I was entertained the whole time and raced through the book as quick as I could. I can’t gush about this more highly. If you’re looking for a quality witchy horror read or you simply like folk horror you will love Maggie’s Grave.

  27. 5 out of 5

    VICKI HERBERT

    Where's my baby?... No spoilers. 3 stars. In the dwindling village of Auchenmullen (just see if you don't hit a mental roadblock each time this multi-syllable name pops up) Maggie Wall was unjustly burned as a witch in 1657... ... after her baby was cut from her womb... By 2019 the population is down to 47 souls because anyone getting pregnant within city limits resurrects Maggie from her grave... ... where she roams the streets asking the villagers: Where's my baby?... and she will disembowel every Where's my baby?... No spoilers. 3 stars. In the dwindling village of Auchenmullen (just see if you don't hit a mental roadblock each time this multi-syllable name pops up) Maggie Wall was unjustly burned as a witch in 1657... ... after her baby was cut from her womb... By 2019 the population is down to 47 souls because anyone getting pregnant within city limits resurrects Maggie from her grave... ... where she roams the streets asking the villagers: Where's my baby?... and she will disembowel everyone she meets searching for the child... The storyline of this novel was very pedestrian. It was like watching a B horror flick with its usual bloodfest, F-bombs, sex-crazed teens and an unstoppable witch/monster. The vehicle for this yarn is the local legend of an accused witch who is innocent of the crimes and is pregnant. The story had its own tagline: Where's my baby? which reminded me of that old legend/joke of Bloody Fingers... you know, where the punchline is a hippie saying: Why don't you get some bandaids man! Oh!... I must mention that there is one hilarious scene at 65% where I took a moment to LOL! If you're into this kind of story, it's well-written. I just saw everything coming before it happened.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Booksasmeals

    Maggie's Grave, by David Sodergren, is an iron cauldron brimming with a murky stew. It bubbles and gurgles and beckons you nearer. Upon first glance, the eyeball of a Scottish corncrake, a bird near extinction, stares up at you. A rare find indeed. Notice the bones, the blood, the hair... No need for alarm, must I remind you these stews take time to marinate, to brine, to absorb all of their floating-and sinking- parts? The first bite of the viscous tomato soup will slog down your throat, thick an Maggie's Grave, by David Sodergren, is an iron cauldron brimming with a murky stew. It bubbles and gurgles and beckons you nearer. Upon first glance, the eyeball of a Scottish corncrake, a bird near extinction, stares up at you. A rare find indeed. Notice the bones, the blood, the hair... No need for alarm, must I remind you these stews take time to marinate, to brine, to absorb all of their floating-and sinking- parts? The first bite of the viscous tomato soup will slog down your throat, thick and sticky. It may taste ancient, old, long past decay, as if taken straight from history. But the flavors will soon soothe your aching body, momentarily before the heavy chunks of chili peppers take hold, light a fire from within. It would be close to impossible to name every herb, spice, and body part that swims in this pot. Instead, tell me how you feel after a sip, a slurp, a gulp. With every bite comes a new reward. @booksasmeals on instagram for more reviews!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Baker St Shelves

    So a few months ago, I was on a Books In the Freezer podcast discussing urban legends. I bring that up, because hindsight is 20/20 and this new book by David Sodergren ups the ante with a black based on the real Scottish urban legend. It begins 100 years ago with Maggie being accused of witchcraft and her unborn child as the spawn of evil. They townsfolk brutally murder her as well as rip the baby outside her. Later, the book picks up in modern day as a group of 20 somethings grew up with the le So a few months ago, I was on a Books In the Freezer podcast discussing urban legends. I bring that up, because hindsight is 20/20 and this new book by David Sodergren ups the ante with a black based on the real Scottish urban legend. It begins 100 years ago with Maggie being accused of witchcraft and her unborn child as the spawn of evil. They townsfolk brutally murder her as well as rip the baby outside her. Later, the book picks up in modern day as a group of 20 somethings grew up with the legend and accidentally wake her up. And that’s when the insanity begins. Even though I still say Night Shoot is my favorite of his books, this might be a close second with the excellent pacing, powerful prologue, and dear god, the gore factor was off the charts and had queasy most of the time, particularly in chapter 13, you sick sick man. If you love creepy urban legends, creative uses of gore, and cults, and didn’t feel like sleeping anymore, then check it out!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Tulloch

    This was a brilliant book! I’ve never read a horror before so this was a first for me. The plot is loosely based on a true story which made it all the more creepy! Maggie’s baby was taken from her, now, hundreds of years later, Maggie’s back! And she wants her baby! This was a great story, it was fast-paced which made you want to keep reading on. I can see this becoming a movie one day! I could picture all the scenes as the author describes everything so well! There were some surprises along the This was a brilliant book! I’ve never read a horror before so this was a first for me. The plot is loosely based on a true story which made it all the more creepy! Maggie’s baby was taken from her, now, hundreds of years later, Maggie’s back! And she wants her baby! This was a great story, it was fast-paced which made you want to keep reading on. I can see this becoming a movie one day! I could picture all the scenes as the author describes everything so well! There were some surprises along the way; some that made me laugh and some that made me scared. It’s a book that makes you feel a lot of emotions all at once!

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