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The Devil’s Woods Brian Moreland Thriller/Horror Heat Rating: 3

Fear wears many skins. Deep within the Canadian wilderness, people have been disappearing for over a century. There is a place the locals call “the Devil’s Woods”, but to speak of it will only bring the devil to your door. It is a place so evil that even animals avoid it. When their father’s expedition team goes missing, Kyle Elkheart and his brother and sister return to the abandoned Cree Indian reservation where they were born. Kyle can see ghosts that haunt the woods surrounding the village—and they seem to be trying to warn him. The search for their father will lead Kyle and his siblings to the dark heart of the

legendary forest, where their mission will quickly become a fight for survival. Review: The Devil’s Woods belongs to a subgenre of horror, that of the evil creatures/monsters in the wilderness chasing after an isolated group of people. Moreland’s book scares and makes us jump in the right places as it should. But it offers us more. You will find family conflict (including the search for an Indiana Jones-type archaeologist-father), a strong paranormal element, a love story flourishing under difficult circumstances, an exploration of Native American traditions, and a writer overcoming his block… Written in a direct style, with vivid descriptions that make you live the action, psychologically complex characters you get to care for and a good rhythm that never lets you off the hook. These elements confer the novel a wider appeal than just for the die-hard genre aficionados. In summary, this is a good novel that happens to be a horror book. | Reviewer: Olga Núñez Miret |

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