May 3, 2017

Grimm Woods Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Blog Tour: April 1 - May 31, 2017

Grimm Woods by D. MelhoffGrimm Woods
Author: D. Melhoff
Genre: Thriller
Published by: Bellwoods Publishing
Publication Date: December 2016
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 0992133130 (ISBN13: 9780992133139)

Book Links: Amazon | Goodreads


A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counsellors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.

Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.
July 7th, 5:44 a.m.
One hacksaw. One hammer, six boxes of nails. Twelve Mason jars, four hunting knives, two pairs of handcuffs. Fifteen gallons of gasoline divided evenly among three dented jerry cans.
It’s time.
A work glove hovered over the table where the objects were laid out side by side and began ticking the air as though marking off an invisible checklist. The chamber reeked of mildew, and the walls had no windows or electrical sockets—no lamps, no wires, no switch covers. A single red candle provided the only light, its crimson wax dripping down its shaft like blood.
The hand picked up a piece of paper from the table and slipped it into a blank envelope. Below, a beetle scuttled across the floorboards. The insect—its gangly antennae tuned to some foul frequency in the gloom—raced past the sole of a giant boot just as a drop of liquid fell through the air and struck it dead center, engulfing its body in a hot, gelatinous blob that filled its orifices and burned it from the inside out. Another droplet tumbled from the candle, plopping onto the envelope this time, and then a brass stamp came down and pressed the wax into a hardened seal.
Drawing in heavier, raspier breaths, the figure held the envelope up to a corkboard that was bolted to the wall. More than a dozen pictures of young men and women were tacked to the panel by their throats and foreheads, smiling in the shadows.
The figure pinned the envelope to the board and stepped back to take in the room again.
The table and the switchblade.
The book of matches.
The iron rods, the hatchet, the .22 Smith & Wesson.
The smiling faces.
Now, the figure mused, watching the photographs flicker in the bloodred light. Who’s the nicest, Who’s the worst, who wants to hear a story first?
Grimm Woods is a taut thriller that will leave readers guessing until the very end. In one word, this book was intense. The author uses lots of detailed descriptions and imagery to bring the story to life in front of our eyes. And he definitely achieves that goal. I'm a huge fan of thrillers - it's one of my favorite genres - and this novel had my skin crawling from the first murder on. I never seem to have these kinds of reactions to books any more, but some of the scenes were so gruesome that I almost couldn't read them. This is definitely not for readers with weak stomachs or those faint of heart. Normally being incredibly descriptive is a positive for me, but it kind of backfired with this book. There's a bit too much, in my opinion, and it sort of ruined it for me because it overshadowed the rest of the story.

Speaking of the story, I loved the fact that the killer used Grimm's fairy tales as models for his crimes. It was a nice change from the norm in the genre and I thought it was inventive and fresh. I'm a big fan of fairy tales, and I enjoyed the fact that the author uses the real versions throughout the book instead of the happily-ever-after ones Disney has us believing. That in itself was a big plus for me. One other aspect that made an impact on my reading experience was the writing style the author chose to use. The book is written in the third person point of view - and I'm not a big fan of that particular style. I feel that a lot of the connection to the characters and the reader's overall immersion into the story isn't as deep as it could be, especially if it's written in the first person (my personal favorite). This novel was no different. I think my opinion of the story would be a lot different if it had been done in the first person. I couldn't lose myself in the plot because of the third person writing style and the overly gruesome descriptions. I wanted to like this book a lot more, but those two things really effected my opinion of the story. I do recommend it for fans of thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and crime fiction. 
D. MelhoffD. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second-grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.

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