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Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Lurking Season by Kristopher Rufty [4 stars]



From the Description:


The legends were true. The creatures were real. And now they’re back!
People have whispered about the tiny humanoid creatures in the woods and cornfields of Doverton for decades. Three years ago a wildfire devoured much of the rural village, but as the ashes were cleared, more questions were uncovered—including abandoned houses, missing people and dead bodies. Since the fire seemed to wipe out the majority of the town’s woodland acres, the murmurs about the creatures have gone quiet. The residents have begun to rebuild their lives, trying to forget about the tragedy that nearly killed them all. Yet the mysteries remained unsolved.
Now a group of people will go there with good intentions, venturing into the dead heart of Doverton, thinking it’s safe. But they will find out that the legend was only sleeping. Now it’s awake. And ready to kill again.

The Haunchies are back and more brutal than ever in the sequel to The Lurkers. In The Lurking Season we get to return to Doverton along with a new cast of characters and a surprising return of a few old ones. This is a fast paced, brutal horror story that isn't safe for the faint of heart. The characters are semi-believable, my main problem came from the actions of a few survivors of sexual assault and one of the scenes toward the end of the book. I'm not going to go into detail because that would require spoilers which I try to avoid. Even with these slight problems the writing is great. A solid 4 star read.