Shadows of the Woods by Duncan Thompson @dthompsonauthor @damppebbles #damppebblestour #BookReview #BlogTour

Posted July 27, 2020 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Back with a delicious little horror today and my final book review for you too!

Shadows of the Woods by Duncan Thompson @dthompsonauthor @damppebbles #damppebblestour #BookReview #BlogTourShadows of the Woods by Duncan Thompson
Published by Panther Publishing on June 1, 2020
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Pages: 148
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Faceless shadows, a night that will never be the same, and a sinister force. If you go down to the woods tonight, you're in for a sinister surprise.
When a stag party decide to camp in the woods, they soon discover that a malevolent force has them in their sights. As the unknown creeps ever closer, Joe and his friends must survive. To survive, Joe must learn to fight. If he fights, he could lose it all.

A rollercoaster ride of blood, sweat and tears, Shadows of the Woods will keep you hooked, all whilst throwing nostalgic homage to slashers of the late seventies and early eighties.

A Night Terror that you won't be forgetting any time soon.

Well, when you read a book that reminds you of your two favourite ever horror authors you know you are on to a winner. With the traits I love of Jonathan Janz and Richard Laymon we take a trip to the woods. Today we go camping and join a stag party. You would think things would get out of control, they do….but not how you would think!

When I was not sitting with my jaw dropped, I was sitting there with my lips curled with the utter grimness of it all. Things escalate at such a rapid pace it is literally a nightmare and it’s one which will want you to keep the lights on and avoid the shadows….especially at night and in a wood!

But no alas the story doesn’t end there! Nope! It travels to the police station where hell is trying to break loose in an Aliens/Species kind of way! What I did love, the names of the police! Curtis, Carpenter, Campbell, Englund, Craven, Raimi what a nod of respect! Just epic! I did have a chuckle with excitement seeing these names!

This is the first book I have read by Thompson and if all his books are this bat-s**t crazy well he can count me as a fan! Thankfully I didn’t have goosebumps this time, but I was unnerved at times which is a good sign. I do love a book that can unsettle me, I mean as I type, I have a feeling of something behind me, but I won’t turn around. I have the prickly sensation at the back of my head, but nope not looking…now we know there is nothing there…but you see the fear that Thompson has put there! Pure ecstasy of a thrill! Yes, I think I am broken!

It is not for the faint-hearted but it’s a heart-thumping adventure. The crackling of the woods, the screams of the shadows. If this was a movie, my mum and I would be straight in the cinema. With opening scenes that would remind me of Blair Witch, hearing noises but not seeing, with demons that resemble the Slenderman, and the pure silence and isolation of the woods. Yup, I would watch that in the daylight, on a hot sunny day!

I look forward to my next adventure with Thompson, it’s a no brainer that I will read something else by him. He has a way of unsettling you, grossing you out and will use your fears against you. Epic!

Until next time xxx

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Thanks to Emma at Damppebbles for the tour invite and the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review

Nothing yet but there are a couple I have my eye on, any recommendations to what to start first?

About Duncan Thompson

Duncan has spent most of his life in a small market town in West Yorkshire — the same town in which most of his stories are set under the guise of Ravenfield. Duncan has been writing works of fiction since the age of seven. In those early days, his stories often involved himself and his friends being transported to fantasy worlds. However, as a teenager, Duncan fell in love with horror movies and his writing took a whole new direction.

Duncan still lives in West Yorkshire with his partner and their two young children. He also has slight obsession with Spider-Man and the actor Bruce Campbell, as well as having an addiction to vinyl records, coffee and Lego.

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4 responses to “Shadows of the Woods by Duncan Thompson @dthompsonauthor @damppebbles #damppebblestour #BookReview #BlogTour

    • Zoé

      Ha ha it didn’t click at first but when I saw Craven and Englund together, the penny dropped for me lol x

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