Blurb “Can a village be inherently evil?
Welcome to Brunswick NY, Population 4,941.
On the surface, this sleepy hamlet comes alive in the autumn with picturesque apple orchards, haunted corn mazes, laden pumpkin patches and holiday hay rides. During a snowy Halloween, a young William Willowsby must battle evil forces that have been shielded by the locals for generations. On the outskirts of the town is the abandoned Forest Park Cemetery. All things wicked seem to revolve around the old graveyard. A rarely seen homunculus serves an evil task master. Together they weave a wicked web that attempts to snare the youth of the hamlet. A creepy graveyard, a spooky schoolhouse, an abandoned mortuary and a member of his own family will leave you simply sleepless.”
This book was a cross between a modern dark fairy tale and a recounting of an urban legend. I loved it. I loved the style it was written by an unseen narrator in an old fashioned style but in the modern day. It was the perfect book for the Halloween season with the account of William and his friend, Lilly delving into the mystery of Brunswick but this is no children’s tale. There are some adult characters who also start to figure out not is all as it seems in their little town. As Halloween approaches so does the horror.
Due out of the 31st of October. Curl up with a hot drink and blanket and read the spooky season away. 5/5.
Thank you to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for this eArc copy in exchange for an honest review.