For the Anderson family, Rockwell is the picture-perfect small town. A wholesome place to start over. But as the autumn days begin turning to winter something is awakened deep within the woods. Something bent on revenge.
Cut off from the rest of the world they must fight to stay alive as the haunting presence lays claim to Rockwell, exposing the dark secrets of the town that created it.
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Top-notch reading of a fairly good book
The book itself is a fast-moving, engrossing horror novel with engaging characters, compelling motivations, an interesting premise, and a well-planned and executed plot. It succeeds in being truly scary in many places and is fairly creepy throughout. Enough emotional connection is established among the characters to make their fates important.
If there is a weakness in the book, it is the language. Though generally effective, many of the metaphors and dialogue elements tend towards cliché, and word choices and phrase structures are rarely original. This does not interfere directly with enjoyment of the story, but it does keep it from rising to the top tier of horror literature.
The narration of the audiobook, however, is truly brilliant, and ultimately what got me into the book in the first place and kept me engaged throughout. Folly Blaine's calm, collected voice is appropriately chilling when applied to the books gruesome content, and her use of varied inflections and intonations imbues the characters with richer identities than offered by the raw source material. She has an ideal register for narration and I look forward to listening to other books read by her in the future.
Overall, I recommend this audiobook highly to anyone looking for a creepy small-town mystery wrapped in the trappings of a grisly horror tale.
- Micaiah Evans
A fantastic listen!
I had already read this book when it first came out and was enthralled by the story. Its one of the few novels I've read that created such a creepy atmosphere I literally couldn't read it at night.
When I discovered there was an audiobook version I purchased it so my friend (who is not a reader) could enjoy it with me. At first I thought I would be thrown off by a female narrator on this title but Folly Blaine did a fantastic job with the material! She kept the tone I would've expected and built great atmosphere and suspense without being too dramatic or over the top. It was a really great balance!