Title: In The House In The Dark Of The Woods
Author: Laird Hunt
Page Count: 224 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
In this horror story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she’s been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then everything changes.
On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along. The eerie, disturbing story of one of our perennial fascinations–witchcraft in colonial America–In the House in the Dark of the Woods is a novel of psychological horror and suspense told in Laird Hunt’s characteristically lyrical prose style. It is the story of a bewitching, a betrayal, a master huntress and her quarry. It is a story of anger, of evil, of hatred and of redemption. It is the story of a haunting, a story that makes up the bedrock of American mythology, but told in a vivid way you will never forget.
Never before have I read a book that gave me such vibes. I found this book to be quite unsettling. There was something about the tone of the book that still gives me the goosebumps. I felt completely off kilter the whole time I was reading this! I’m not sure if it was the language used or the way the character spoke. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, in fact I really liked it but at the same time I just can’t shake that feeling. *shudders* Well done Laird!
A woman gets lost in the woods picking berries for her family and ends up experiencing some odd, beautiful, and VERY creepy things. It was such a beautifully atmospheric book. I felt the woods around me, I believed I was in colonial England, I saw the folk people in front of me and I lived through everything the main character went through. To be transported into a book like this is rare and a bit scary!
This is definitely the perfect read for October. Horror fans you’ll find this delightful. There was something so primordial about this novel. The strange twists and turns had my brain reeling. Don’t think I’ll ever be able to shake this one off.
**Thank you Hachette Book Group Canada for sending me a copy for review.**