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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Dream Woods by Patrick Lacey [4.5 stars]

 
 
 
From the Description
 
Follow your screams…

When Vince Carter takes a shortcut to work he notices a billboard that nearly sends him into an oncoming van.

The ad is for Dream Woods, New England’s answer to Disney World. It closed decades ago, but now that it’s back in business, Vince is eager to take his whole family, hoping the magic he remembers will save his failing marriage.

His wife, Audra, isn’t so sure. She’s heard the rumors of why the place closed. Murder. Sacrifice. Torture. But those are just urban legends. Surely there’s nothing evil about a family tourist attraction.

The Carters are about to discover that the park’s employees aren’t concerned with their guests’ enjoyment. They’re interested in something else. Something much more sinister.

Welcome to Scream Woods!
 
 
Publication Date: October 1, 2016
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Length: 135 pages
 
I received a copy of this book as part of the Dream Woods blog tour hosted by the fabulous Erin Al-Mehairi. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book. Follow along with the tour over at Oh, for the Hook of a Book and with these hashtags: #DreamWoods, #ScreamWoods, #PeskyBear. If you’d like to feature Patrick Lacey on your blog or site, or review Dream Woods, please give Erin Al-Mehairi, marketing and publicity at Sinister Grin Press, a shout out at hookofabook@hotmail.com.
 
 
 
 
Dream Woods is a fast paced terror ride that you may not escape from. It has an old school horror feel to it that made it a blast to read. Vince is believable as a man who desperately wants to keep his family together. Audra annoyed me at first, she really needed to grow up and realize that life is what you make it. Hoping some time away as a family will give them a fresh start, Vince takes them to Dream Woods, the place he was happiest as a kid. Dream Woods is also known as Scream Woods because of the legends of murder and mystery surrounding it. The employees and attractions in Dream Woods seem to be just a bit off, a bit predatory, giving it a sinister atmosphere that sends a frisson of fear up your spine. The action starts off slow that builds to an exciting race to escape the park and the creatures that are hunting Vince, Audra and their kids. The ending left me hoping that we might get to visit 'Scream Woods' again. I highly recommend this 4.5 star read.
 
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
 
Patrick Lacey was born and raised in a haunted house. He spends his nights and weekends writing about things that make the general public uncomfortable. He lives in Massachusetts with his Pomeranian, his mustached cat, and his muse, who is likely trying to kill him.
 
You can visit him at his WEBSITE or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads

Praise
 
 
"This collection has it all, showing the world that Lacey can write and do it well. From frightening, eerie, soul-stamping to funny and gross, this book has it all. The man's imagination is incredible. A must read!!!!" – David Bernstein, author of A Mixed Bag of Blood
 
"It's a rare and joyful thing for me to read a book and realize I'm in the hands of an author who can go absolutely anywhere, who works without a formula and without a net. Such is the case with this stellar debut collection." – Russell Coy, Amazon Review
 
"This fast-paced novella has terror on every page and will keep you searching the shadows in your home far more often than needed." – Russell James, author of Q Island, on A Debt to Be Paid