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A MONSTER. A MISSING BOY. AND NOWHERE TO TURN. Just as things are finally looking up for Aaron and Ellen Dreyer, tragedy strikes close to home when a neighbor is brutally murdered and a mysterious figure begins to lurk in the woods outside their home new home. Then their five-year-old son went missing in broad daylight. With the police offering little help, they are forced A MONSTER. A MISSING BOY. AND NOWHERE TO TURN. Just as things are finally looking up for Aaron and Ellen Dreyer, tragedy strikes close to home when a neighbor is brutally murdered and a mysterious figure begins to lurk in the woods outside their home new home. Then their five-year-old son went missing in broad daylight. With the police offering little help, they are forced to take matters into their own hands and venture deep into the woods, only to uncovering truths more sinister than anything they could have imagined.


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A MONSTER. A MISSING BOY. AND NOWHERE TO TURN. Just as things are finally looking up for Aaron and Ellen Dreyer, tragedy strikes close to home when a neighbor is brutally murdered and a mysterious figure begins to lurk in the woods outside their home new home. Then their five-year-old son went missing in broad daylight. With the police offering little help, they are forced A MONSTER. A MISSING BOY. AND NOWHERE TO TURN. Just as things are finally looking up for Aaron and Ellen Dreyer, tragedy strikes close to home when a neighbor is brutally murdered and a mysterious figure begins to lurk in the woods outside their home new home. Then their five-year-old son went missing in broad daylight. With the police offering little help, they are forced to take matters into their own hands and venture deep into the woods, only to uncovering truths more sinister than anything they could have imagined.

30 review for Sentinel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pan | Book Reviews and Recommendations

    The awesome people of Eerie River Publishing were kind enough to send me Drew Starling's debut novell, 'Sentinel', for review. The story unfolds when the Dreyer family moves into their new country home, in search for a quiet, simple life. The small town of Bensalem seems ideal at the beginning, but the perfect picture will soon be shattered by strange occurrences, the appearance of an unknown entity, the brutal murder of a neighbor and the disappearance of Caleb, Aaron and Ellen's own child. Whe The awesome people of Eerie River Publishing were kind enough to send me Drew Starling's debut novell, 'Sentinel', for review. The story unfolds when the Dreyer family moves into their new country home, in search for a quiet, simple life. The small town of Bensalem seems ideal at the beginning, but the perfect picture will soon be shattered by strange occurrences, the appearance of an unknown entity, the brutal murder of a neighbor and the disappearance of Caleb, Aaron and Ellen's own child. When the authorities are unable and incapable of finding Caleb and when everyone seem to be reluctant to believe the couple's story of what might have happened, then the only solution is to take action. Aaron and Ellen decide to take action and head in the woods to find their son. A desperate and dangerous decision that will bring them face to face with unspeakable evil that lurks in the woods and secrets running through generations of Bensalem's residents. Will they succeed in finding their son, or meet their own doom while trying? What instantly stands out in 'Sentinel' is the authors ability to take the reader on a journey. He masterfully evokes emotions through beautifully penned characters and scene building. The anquish and anxiety that the parents of young Caleb felt throughout the story was successfully shared with me, resulting in an edge of my seat all-nighter to reach the end of this fantastic supernatural, occult horror novel. This is a dark, unsettling story, that the author successfully sprinkles with generous doses of mystery and creepy scenes, enough to keep you glued to your reading spot until the very end. Well written, beautiful and haunting. If this is the authors debut, then I feel many good things coming from him in the near future. Hold on, am I already sensing a sequel...? 'Sentinel' is out on May 14th by Eerie River Publishing. Get it at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YN39V14

  2. 5 out of 5

    Merrill David

    what a debut! read the Sentinel! The cover dragged me in and the story did not disappoint ! Awesome creature and tale that goes along with it! Great novel!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sentinelle23

    ❤❤❤😱 Crush for this scary and addicting thriller. The Grand Elder is the feared leader of the Order of the Old Roses. That day he summoned a deacon to entrust him with a secret and vital mission for the Order. The deacon will have to go to Bensalem... In Bensalem, Aaron Dreyer returns from a grueling trip to India. He’s exhausted but so happy to finally reunite with his wife Ellen and their four-year-old son Caleb... ------------- A great discover and a crush for this fantastic, captivating, scary an ❤❤❤😱 Crush for this scary and addicting thriller. The Grand Elder is the feared leader of the Order of the Old Roses. That day he summoned a deacon to entrust him with a secret and vital mission for the Order. The deacon will have to go to Bensalem... In Bensalem, Aaron Dreyer returns from a grueling trip to India. He’s exhausted but so happy to finally reunite with his wife Ellen and their four-year-old son Caleb... ------------- A great discover and a crush for this fantastic, captivating, scary and moving story that reads very quickly. The characters are very well chosen and the little Dreyer family is adorable. The story of the novel is absolutely gripping and there are many unforeseen events. Reading it at night, I even managed to scare myself... An incredible read for lovers ot the genre. To discover absolutely ❤😱

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tamalita

    I read a complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for my voluntary and honest review. The Dreyer family (Aaron, Ellen and their 4-year old son Caleb) moved to a rural home near a small town. They thought life was going to slow down and be quiet, a good place to raise their son. In short time, things started getting creepy. Soon, Caleb disappeared and a hunt ensued. This was a scary read. I was completely captivated by the characters and the events going on around them, events dragging t I read a complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for my voluntary and honest review. The Dreyer family (Aaron, Ellen and their 4-year old son Caleb) moved to a rural home near a small town. They thought life was going to slow down and be quiet, a good place to raise their son. In short time, things started getting creepy. Soon, Caleb disappeared and a hunt ensued. This was a scary read. I was completely captivated by the characters and the events going on around them, events dragging them in and under. I felt the characters were well developed. The scenes were described with wonderful detail. I was truly drawn into the story, not quite able to put it down. I would highly recommend this book and am definitely looking forward to see what Drew Starling comes up with next.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    Scary and thrilling. A really fun read. (I got an advance copy)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    I received an advance copy of Sentinel and I was hooked, start to finish. The tension kept me on the edge of my seat, and the characters kept me coming back for more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cat B.

    Great first novel for a short story author. Some very creepy characters in this one. Not everything is as it seems in this small sleepy town. Some of the smiling faces hide some hideous secrets and Mr. Starling doles them out like a fisherman teasing a trout with a nice fat fly. The prose is not TOO gory for those who prefer not to be grossed out too too much. Moves along nicely with very few hiccups. Definitely worth a read. I received a complimentary copy of this book and this is my honest and Great first novel for a short story author. Some very creepy characters in this one. Not everything is as it seems in this small sleepy town. Some of the smiling faces hide some hideous secrets and Mr. Starling doles them out like a fisherman teasing a trout with a nice fat fly. The prose is not TOO gory for those who prefer not to be grossed out too too much. Moves along nicely with very few hiccups. Definitely worth a read. I received a complimentary copy of this book and this is my honest and unbiased review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zac Martin

    I have been a fan of Drew Starling's horror shorts for some time so I was excited to see what he could do with a full length novel. He did NOT disappoint! This is a great start to a what will hopefully become a series. Good character development that really has you emotionally invested in them. I could almost feel the anxiety and terror of the two main characters as they lost and subsequently search for their little boy and the feelings of helplessness when local law enforcement won't take them I have been a fan of Drew Starling's horror shorts for some time so I was excited to see what he could do with a full length novel. He did NOT disappoint! This is a great start to a what will hopefully become a series. Good character development that really has you emotionally invested in them. I could almost feel the anxiety and terror of the two main characters as they lost and subsequently search for their little boy and the feelings of helplessness when local law enforcement won't take them seriously when they try to tell them what they believed was happening. His writing is vividly detailed so that I could easily picture everything in my mind. There is an overall creep factor that that is just perfectly unsettling and a story that kept me turning pages way to late because I just had to know what was going to happen next! My reason for only 4 stars instead of 5 is twofold. First, while it is certainly a tale of the supernatural, it leans a bit to the cosmic side of horror that I have never been a fan of. And finally I was a bit aggravated at the end. I like a nice, neat finish even for a series. After all that this family has been through there is a cliffhanger for a finish. I always find that more than a little irksome, especially for a novel because you always have to wait so long for the next book! A little hint as to where the next one will go is great to get the excitement for it going but this just stopped cold like a season finale of a tv show but there at least you will usually only have to wait a few months to find out what will happen! Overall a really entertaining read and a great first novel. I look forward to reading more from him. I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Belmont

    Sentinel by Drew Starling is an incredible journey. I felt the emotions of these characters. I truly think one of the things that makes this book so good is the character development. Sentinel is dark and unsettling. The mysterious intrigue surrounding the plot had me reading late into the night. I finished this in one sitting because there was no way I could wait to find out what happened. I’m a new fan of Drew Starling and fully intend to read his future work. The writing in Sentinel is beautifu Sentinel by Drew Starling is an incredible journey. I felt the emotions of these characters. I truly think one of the things that makes this book so good is the character development. Sentinel is dark and unsettling. The mysterious intrigue surrounding the plot had me reading late into the night. I finished this in one sitting because there was no way I could wait to find out what happened. I’m a new fan of Drew Starling and fully intend to read his future work. The writing in Sentinel is beautiful and haunting. I absolutely loved this one. Highly recommended. Thank you to R&R Book Tours for the review copy and the opportunity to honestly review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Henrique

    I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and I am leaving an honest review. First, I liked the author's prose very much, he really knows his way with words and use them to enhance the overall experience. The characters are believable and likable, the pacing is very good - a real page-turner. The horror elements lean to the cosmic horror territory and are executed really well. There's a kind of nightmare sequence that really stuck with me. My only complaint is that I wanted a little more of I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and I am leaving an honest review. First, I liked the author's prose very much, he really knows his way with words and use them to enhance the overall experience. The characters are believable and likable, the pacing is very good - a real page-turner. The horror elements lean to the cosmic horror territory and are executed really well. There's a kind of nightmare sequence that really stuck with me. My only complaint is that I wanted a little more of the gory/creepy stuff. Just one or two more of those scenes during the second act and it would have been perfect. A great debut novel. Recommended!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Neen Cohen

    A young family move to Bensalem, a small town with the beauty of nature surrounding them, what could possibly go wrong. Sentinel is a slow build up as we learn about the townspeople of this small sleepy town, which is not nearly as sleepy as first impressions give. Once the story speeds up, it drags you along, heart kicking and screaming. An ensemble cast, there were definitely some characters I felt a deeper connection to then others, but I cannot wait to see what they have in store for them in A young family move to Bensalem, a small town with the beauty of nature surrounding them, what could possibly go wrong. Sentinel is a slow build up as we learn about the townspeople of this small sleepy town, which is not nearly as sleepy as first impressions give. Once the story speeds up, it drags you along, heart kicking and screaming. An ensemble cast, there were definitely some characters I felt a deeper connection to then others, but I cannot wait to see what they have in store for them in the next installment.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Not many of us elected a President and wrote a novel in a year. Drew did — and this is so worth your time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    Compulsive and gripping! This chilling read will have you on the edge of your seat as the aura of suspense increasingly bumps up your anxiety, notch by excruciatingly-taut notch. The palpable tension will hold you in thrall. The fast pace of the wildly-captivating plot will keep you swiping the pages feverishly. If you like dark, absolutely unpredictable, twisted horror and suspense as much as I do, you can't go wrong with this book! *I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read Compulsive and gripping! This chilling read will have you on the edge of your seat as the aura of suspense increasingly bumps up your anxiety, notch by excruciatingly-taut notch. The palpable tension will hold you in thrall. The fast pace of the wildly-captivating plot will keep you swiping the pages feverishly. If you like dark, absolutely unpredictable, twisted horror and suspense as much as I do, you can't go wrong with this book! *I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Woowott

    Review to come, but I'll definitely be reading the next one. Very minor spoilers. Thank you to Mr Starling for an ARC of his novel for a fair review. And my review is that I had great good fun reading this book. There was so much strange, small town, folk horror delight in this book. And a bit of a surprise with the monsters. I became invested in the mythology of the novel, and I'm intrigued to find out more about the whys and wherefores of everything. As for the characters, I actually quite liked E Review to come, but I'll definitely be reading the next one. Very minor spoilers. Thank you to Mr Starling for an ARC of his novel for a fair review. And my review is that I had great good fun reading this book. There was so much strange, small town, folk horror delight in this book. And a bit of a surprise with the monsters. I became invested in the mythology of the novel, and I'm intrigued to find out more about the whys and wherefores of everything. As for the characters, I actually quite liked Ellen and Aaron Dreyer--especially Ellen. That's not the norm for me. Usually, I'm not the biggest fan of het couples in horror; often, they follow prescribed gender roles. But in this, Ellen has herself together, and she's actually pretty tough. Aaron is the one who falls apart more easily, and he's a stay-at-home dad whilst he looks for a job. They consider the dog to be part of the family. And the dog lives. This is important. Pets rarely live in horror. But Mr Starling guarantees the dogs live. For which I am immensely grateful. I digress. Anyway, strange things are afoot in the new town to which the Dreyers have moved. People are dying violently, and a strange creature traipses through their yard every night. Their child has nightmares. They lose time. Their dog is disturbed. And then, events become more personal. There are two monsters here. One is the Night Bastard. I want to know all about the Night Bastard. Because that name! Also, I love villains. Anyway, I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to the next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Bennett

    Aaron, Ellen and their son Caleb move to a new house in Bensalem. It is in a small town in the country. The start to notice some things aren't as they seem. Actually there are a lot of things that aren't as they seem. There are secrets running through generations of this town and this family is getting pulled into all of it. This book will keep you up reading it, but be sure to keep the lights on as the creep factor is there. Looking forward to the next installment. Aaron, Ellen and their son Caleb move to a new house in Bensalem. It is in a small town in the country. The start to notice some things aren't as they seem. Actually there are a lot of things that aren't as they seem. There are secrets running through generations of this town and this family is getting pulled into all of it. This book will keep you up reading it, but be sure to keep the lights on as the creep factor is there. Looking forward to the next installment.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Volpe

    A wonderfully creepy book. I started reading and finished the book in two days. I could hardly bring myself to put it down. I loved the Dreyer family and their dog and I couldn't wait to find out what the supernatural being was and why it kept appearing to them. This is a stand alone book but I can hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out. I want to read more and more and more. If you love good characters and a well written scary story, this is the book for you. I highly recommend A wonderfully creepy book. I started reading and finished the book in two days. I could hardly bring myself to put it down. I loved the Dreyer family and their dog and I couldn't wait to find out what the supernatural being was and why it kept appearing to them. This is a stand alone book but I can hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out. I want to read more and more and more. If you love good characters and a well written scary story, this is the book for you. I highly recommend it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brian Lobodzinski

    I was expecting the usual 'innocent family moves to countryside and evil happens' boring theme but I got caught up with the characters and the plot evolved in a more intriguing manner than I was expecting. Lots of scope for future development and I would recommend it to readers who want something a little bit different. I have to admit that I am a member of his ARC group but I would have said if I hadn't enjoyed it. I was expecting the usual 'innocent family moves to countryside and evil happens' boring theme but I got caught up with the characters and the plot evolved in a more intriguing manner than I was expecting. Lots of scope for future development and I would recommend it to readers who want something a little bit different. I have to admit that I am a member of his ARC group but I would have said if I hadn't enjoyed it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    When Aaron and Ellen Dreyer, along with Caleb, their four-year-old son, move into their country home, they expect a nice, quiet life. But something evil is lurking in the deep, dark woods behind their home, something that is disrupting their life. When their neighbor is murdered, and Caleb goes missing, Aaron and Ellen know that it is linked to the entity that has been lurking in their backyard. When no one seems to take their story seriously, they decide to find Caleb on their own. As they go i When Aaron and Ellen Dreyer, along with Caleb, their four-year-old son, move into their country home, they expect a nice, quiet life. But something evil is lurking in the deep, dark woods behind their home, something that is disrupting their life. When their neighbor is murdered, and Caleb goes missing, Aaron and Ellen know that it is linked to the entity that has been lurking in their backyard. When no one seems to take their story seriously, they decide to find Caleb on their own. As they go into the woods, looking for their child, they will learn that something evil is living in Bensalem but it may not be the monster that they’ve been seeing. Sentinel is a great supernatural thriller. It is definitely a page turning, edge of your seat, nail-biter. I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable. Great suspense and action with wonderful world building. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review. This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believable. Great suspense and action with wonderful world building. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Doreen Fernandes

    Aaron and Ellen Dreyer along with 5 year old Caleb move into a small town. The town has secrets. Aaron is woken up in the middle of the night and sees a nightmarish entity moving around the vicinity. Then his neighbour is brutally murdered and eventually his son goes missing. Who is the creature? Will he ever find his son? A brilliantly crafted story which had my pulse racing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dawn J.

    Received this book free for an honest review. Very well written. Kept me wondering if truly horror, or just a natural phenom. True horror! A must read for horror reader. Characters are very likeable and believable. This could happen!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Willison

    Sentinel is a page-turner that will not let you easily put it down.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Haynes

    Aaron moves to a new town. His next door neighbor is killed violently. He see things in the woods. The town is hiding a dangerous secret. Scary

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kerry-Anne

    Wow! From start to finish this book offers everything you need to get you on the edge of your seat, hiding behind the sofa, and shaking under your duvet. I bet once you start it you won't be able to put it down. It's just so creative and packed with wonderful descriptive scenes, dialogue is well written and the characters were fantastic. I was given this free review copy ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review Wow! From start to finish this book offers everything you need to get you on the edge of your seat, hiding behind the sofa, and shaking under your duvet. I bet once you start it you won't be able to put it down. It's just so creative and packed with wonderful descriptive scenes, dialogue is well written and the characters were fantastic. I was given this free review copy ebook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brontesrule

    Supernatural horror with fully developed characters and a great plot. One of the best I've read in the past few years! I loved it, and I can't wait to read the next book. Supernatural horror with fully developed characters and a great plot. One of the best I've read in the past few years! I loved it, and I can't wait to read the next book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Nettleton

    "Sentinel" is a fantastic debut novel by Drew Starling. The story is about a young family, Ellen, Aaron and their son Caleb, who encounter something evil lurking in the woods near their country home. The book is very well written and entertaining, with compelling, believable characters and a plot that had me hooked from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book for horror fans, and I'm looking forward to the next installment! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. "Sentinel" is a fantastic debut novel by Drew Starling. The story is about a young family, Ellen, Aaron and their son Caleb, who encounter something evil lurking in the woods near their country home. The book is very well written and entertaining, with compelling, believable characters and a plot that had me hooked from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book for horror fans, and I'm looking forward to the next installment! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Meigan

    When Ellen, Aaron, their young son and dog move to the town of Bensalem, everything seems perfect. It’s quiet, there’s only one neighbor, and their house is gorgeous. Little do they know, there’s something strange in the town of Bensalem. What starts as a sighting of a strange shadow thing and a few weird phone calls escalates quickly into a gruesome murder and the disappearance of their son. Ellen and Aaron find themselves in the middle of something that’s much bigger than what they thought. {𝐖 When Ellen, Aaron, their young son and dog move to the town of Bensalem, everything seems perfect. It’s quiet, there’s only one neighbor, and their house is gorgeous. Little do they know, there’s something strange in the town of Bensalem. What starts as a sighting of a strange shadow thing and a few weird phone calls escalates quickly into a gruesome murder and the disappearance of their son. Ellen and Aaron find themselves in the middle of something that’s much bigger than what they thought. {𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐈 𝐋𝐈𝐊𝐄𝐃} * Starling let’s the tension build day by agonizing day, giving readers just a few creepy snippets of what’s terrorizing the town * Concurrent with the creepy entity is a really interesting man and his cohorts who have seemingly teamed up in a conspiracy of doom and gloom, who somehow, someway have ties to the meadow creature * The characters. I liked how both Ellen and Aaron were take-charge kind of people as opposed to the kind who would roll up into a useless ball of fright. Much like what I would’ve done 😉 * The town itself. I love me a creepy small town and would move to Bensalem in a heartbeat * The mild gore. I love me a gory horror book, and I’m always appreciative of splatter and squicky bits. Sentinel has very little in the way of gore but what it had was definitely good Bottom line — Sentinel is a really good supernatural horror thriller that masterfully builds tension until the end. The story is certainly not over and the ending delivers a teasing to-be-continued mild cliffhanger. I’ll certainly be picking up the sequel to see what terror lies ahead for these characters and this town. *Many thanks to R&R Booktours and the author for providing a copy for review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amy Thomas

    Drew Starling's debut novel follow a family who have recently moved to a town called Bensalem. It doesn't take long for their peaceful life to be interrupted by strange occurrences, a family dog that seems unsettled at night, and the murder of a close neighbour before culminating in the disappearance of their son, Caleb. As the police investigate, it becomes clear that something larger, and far more sinister is at play... The thing that stands out to me most about Sentinel is how easy it is to re Drew Starling's debut novel follow a family who have recently moved to a town called Bensalem. It doesn't take long for their peaceful life to be interrupted by strange occurrences, a family dog that seems unsettled at night, and the murder of a close neighbour before culminating in the disappearance of their son, Caleb. As the police investigate, it becomes clear that something larger, and far more sinister is at play... The thing that stands out to me most about Sentinel is how easy it is to read considering it is a horror. The chapters flow nicely into each other keeping the story moving at a good pace. The author masterfully set the scene, allowing the reader to be taken on the journey that is Sentinel. Drew captured each of his characters perfectly, giving just enough to add real depth to their actions. The horror genre is a favourite of mine; I'd put Sentinel on the tamer side of horror but that in no way takes away from the creepy and unsettled feeling I had while reading this book - especially the first time Aaron looks out of his window to see what has disturbed his beloved dog. I also did not see the twist coming! About a third of the way through, I thought I'd figured it out, as many of us do with novels these days. Alas, I was proven wrong - the twist really did get me by surprise and I commend the author on how skilfully they were able to do this. Would definitely recommend reading and looking forward to the next in the series!

  29. 5 out of 5

    D Gillis

    Sentinel opens with Aaron Dreyer returning home to his wife Ellen and his son Caleb in the small rural town of Bensalem. They are fairly new there, enjoying a slower life in their country home. Their idyllic quiet is disrupted by the 4 a.m. appearance of some kind of unwelcome visitor. Aaron and his dog are the only ones to catch sight of whatever the creature could be. Maybe a very large bear? Their only neighbor Hank invites Aaron over for a serious talk (“There’s things you’ll need to know ab Sentinel opens with Aaron Dreyer returning home to his wife Ellen and his son Caleb in the small rural town of Bensalem. They are fairly new there, enjoying a slower life in their country home. Their idyllic quiet is disrupted by the 4 a.m. appearance of some kind of unwelcome visitor. Aaron and his dog are the only ones to catch sight of whatever the creature could be. Maybe a very large bear? Their only neighbor Hank invites Aaron over for a serious talk (“There’s things you’ll need to know about this place if you plan to live here.”) but before they can meet, Hank is brutally murdered. Meanwhile, the 4 a.m. visits escalate leaving Aaron struggling to figure out what has invaded his backyard and his life. When his son Caleb goes missing, Aaron and Ellen take matters into their own hands. Drew Starling has written a hell of a story. Strong, well-developed characters, good pacing, creepy imagery—there’s so much to like here. Add in supernatural elements, the real life horror of a missing child and you’ve got a book that I devoured in two sittings. The author did a great job building a sense of dread and creating a small town that feels just a little off. I’m looking forward to more from this author. Highly recommended!

  30. 4 out of 5

    JJ

    *** NO SPOILERS *** If you are looking for your latest "OMG! I couldn't put it down" read, or a great horror story with believable characters you care about from the start and don't know what will happen to them, you need not look any further. The author sets the stage well, builds an underlying feeling of dread which only grows as the story progresses. Strange happenings, unbelievable events, horrific results, and no clear path to weave all of the pieces together - at least I wasn't able to - kep *** NO SPOILERS *** If you are looking for your latest "OMG! I couldn't put it down" read, or a great horror story with believable characters you care about from the start and don't know what will happen to them, you need not look any further. The author sets the stage well, builds an underlying feeling of dread which only grows as the story progresses. Strange happenings, unbelievable events, horrific results, and no clear path to weave all of the pieces together - at least I wasn't able to - kept me guessing as I tried to figure things out. "Enjoy" isn't the correct term much like you probably wouldn't say you "enjoyed" watching "Silence of the Lambs" the first time you saw it. Exceptionally well done. Great plot, great characters. Captures your attention and doesn't let go. You know how well the film did what it set out to do. You recognize that you were really taken by it. But "enjoy" isn't the right word. This book was the same way for me. I recommend it without hesitation for mature readers. I'm also thrilled that the author plans on doing follow-up stories in the same setting. Give it a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed!

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