I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Northwoods by Bill Schweigart
Published by Hydra on February 16th 2016
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Also by this author: The Beast of Barcroft
Some borders should never be crossed. From the author of The Beast of Barcroft comes a waking nightmare of a horror novel that’s sure to thrill readers of Stephen King and Bentley Little.
Ex–Delta Force Davis Holland, now an agent for the Customs and Border Protection, has seen it all. But nothing in his experience has prepared him for what he and the local sheriff find one freezing night in the Minnesota woods.
Investigating reports of an illegal border crossing, the two men stumble across a blood-drenched scene of mass murder, barely escaping with their lives . . . and a single clue to the mayhem: a small wooden chest placed at the heart of the massacre. Something deadly has entered Holland’s territory, crossing the border from nightmare into reality.
When news of the atrocity reaches wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance, he sends a three-person team north to investigate. Not long ago, the members of that team—Ben McKelvie, Lindsay Clark, and Alex Standingcloud—were nearly killed by a vengeful shapeshifter. Now they are walking wounded, haunted by gruesome memories that make normal life impossible. But there is nothing normal about the horror that awaits in the Northwoods.
They were first detected by one of the sensors dotting the northern border.
What I thought of this book
I read the Beast of Barcroft last year and found it to be pretty interesting. I love monster books, cryptozoology type things. So I new I would like Northwoods as well. Though it might be okay to read it with out reading the first book I would highly recommend you read them in order because they do have some of the same people in it and you understand a bit more why they act like they do in Northwoods.
Severance is a cryptozoologist and and he likes to assemble teams to go out and investigate sightings and then if something really is there he will come in and check it out. So basically he is rich and can pay others to do all the dirty work and he can come in afterwords and if they find something cool he can keep for himself, like the chest in this story.
Severance sends out battle scared Ben and Lindsay to the Northwoods a place in Bayfield, Wisconsin. There has been some mysterious sightings of something in the woods and lurking in the water. When they get there they see things about Maddie the Loch Ness of the lake and sort of laugh it off. Ben is upset cause he thinks he is there to look for some stupid hoax.
What they get when they are there is a whole lot more, though there is something lurking in the lake that is not the biggest worry. A whole town is danger and it’s up to a team who has been traumatized by their last encounter with something but they still fight on.
I enjoyed this story though I did think that Ben was a bit whiny at the beginning. I know he went through a horrible ordeal in Barcroft but so did Lindsay and she wasn’t near as whiny about things as he was. Alex got hurt in the first book and he doesn’t act like Ben, so he just rubbed me the wrong way in the first part of the book. Other than that I really like the characters.
If you are looking for a horror novel involving some weird creatures then you might like this one. It wasn’t real scary at least to me but some might find it creepy. 🙂