Posted by Literary Titan
In the small, sleepy town of Pine Creek, Sheriff Owen Cross and Deputy Madison Colby must find a serial killer lurking in the forest. It’s a secluded mountain-side forest that’s regarded with superstition by the locals after a mining accident kills hundreds of people. The locals say the devil lives in that forest, and it may just be so. Author J.C. Moore tells a haunting story of a monster that lures people into the forest never to come out alive. Hidden by the Dark is a chilling tale of carved-up cadavers and mutilated bodies.
The concept of Moore’s story is creative and interesting. In a way, it almost reads like a traditional ghost story you would tell around a campfire. The “thing in the woods” is a great, old-fashioned retelling that has inspired many great stories and is a great concept for stand-alone horror story books.
The beginning of the story spends ample time methodically setting up the backdrop, scene, and characters with specific details that gives readers a complete picture of the eerie ambiance and interesting cast. Readers who enjoy diving into the specifics of the characters’ lives will enjoy the detailed introduction to Owen and Madison’s daily routine.
While I enjoyed the story, I felt that the dialogue was repetitive at certain points, but could be due to the nature of the story and them simply just wanting more information. I also felt like the characters needed more unique qualities to make it easy for readers to differentiate between them when they pop up in the story.
I enjoyed the detective scenes in the story that provided a bit of a police procedural vibe to this supernatural thriller. A good example of this is when Madison and Owen are at the coroner’s office looking for a full autopsy report the day of the murder.
Hidden By The Dark is a meticulous paranormal crime fiction story that gradually leads readers into a haunting story with an eerie plot and an ominous mystery.
Pages: 225 | ASIN: B0B1L7Z9QL
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