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Book 1 of 2 in the Black Woods Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470130688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470130688
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,852,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I loved the ending. It was both surprising and lended a hopefulness needed for me after all of the action. The story definitely stuck with me for many days after finishing the book!" - MoonshineArtSpot --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

Morel mushroom hunting has always been a favorite among our family. If you've never enjoyed a trip into the woods to look for this fungus, I suggest you give it a try. You never know you just might love it! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Don't miss this one, it's a great read and a good mystery.
Marianne Spitzer
The story was loose and confusing, the ending made it obvious that if you want to Really know what's going on, you have to read the whole series.
K Storm
I enjoyed reading this book, and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Carolyn A. Swafford

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By MoonShineArtSpot on May 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
5 of 5 stars
Black Woodsby Laura Wright LaRoche (Goodreads Author) 5 of 5 starsAvid mushroom hunters and volunteers with the local Search and Rescue Department, Laura and Julie, who are in their sixties, remember that first encounter in the woods years ago.
Four young men who are fun by nature, travel to the woods with high hopes of a hunt they won't forget. A call to the Search and Rescue Department will bring them shockingly together in the....Black Woods.

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MY REVIEW: I wanted to take a little while after reading this Perfectly horrifying book to think on the review to do it justice. Should I start with the fact that I think about parts of the book every few days? Maybe the fact that I love woods, spooky woods, used to love scary stories but became a little chicken in my older age of 39... Maybe I can skip to the part where I lay sleepless in bed at 4 am a few nights ago rolling parts over in my mind & my fuzzy cat rubbed against my leg & I near had a heart attack! Needless to say, this story stuck with me! The story begins with an old scary retelling of something horrific that happened years ago. After that introduction, we are introduced to 2 sisters, Laura & Julie, who are in their 60's. The sisters love mushroom hunting in "their woods ". Even the 2 sisters know there is a specific place in the woods where nobody is safe. As long as they avoid that area everything is always fine. As younger women, they saw the 'beast' that controls that area, but nobody believes them. Many, many unexplained deaths & disappearances over the years back up their fears. The sisters are also members of a rescue group because they know the woods so well due to their years of mushroom hunting in the woods.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Veenstra on June 21, 2012
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I liked this book.
One of the keys to me liking a book is not guessing the ending before I should. Often it's before 20% of the way through and I do not like that.
With Black Woods, the odd thing was that not only did I NOT guess the ending, I didn't even think about trying to.
The book was fast paced, well written with a few typos ( its free, get over it) and left me wanting more from our lead characters in the book. Two older, mushroom hunting sisters who have a close bond.

This book was complete as is, so don't think you'll have to buy a sequel to get the whole story, but the characters were well written with a keen insight into how friends and/or siblings talk and act together. There's not a lot to say about the story that is not in the description and I do not want to give any spoilers.

I read this in one sitting of less than 3 hours.

I hope for more from Laura Wright LaRoche.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on February 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
In the interest of full disclosure, the author is my aunt. That said, I was surprisingly pleased with the story. The heroine (and her side-kick sister) are in their sixties, something I found refreshing. The story centers around her and her family, their love of mushroom hunting, and a mysterious being in a section of the woods they hunt. Their fear of the creature is put to the test when four hunters go into the black woods and can't all make it out. It is a quick and easy read, but what I loved the most is that, every now and again, the author used a turn of phrase that made me laugh out loud. For instance, when a carload of young men are teasing each other, she says, "laughter filled the car like poisonous gas." It was a fun read.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By etckt on June 9, 2012
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I enjoyed the Prologue, much of the last half of the book, loved the two sisters, enjoyed the relationship of the four boys as well, and thought the ending was good.

That said, it was REALLY a big struggle to not give up on this book before I even finished Chapter 1, and definitely half-way through Chapter 2. I like having backstory and relationship background of characters - but not when it goes on and on and on (and on) the way it does in the first half of this book. Rather than quit early on as I was tempted (more than once), I instead started skimming the first sentence every few paragraphs. Every once in a while a few spots would catch my full attention, but I got to around Location 1122 (nearly 50%, book ends at Location 2417) before I was really able to start reading much of the text again, and then eventually all of the rest of the book.

Ultimately I WAS glad I finished reading the book because I did end up liking the story, but it's bad that most of Chapter 2 to half through Chapter 10 just could not keep my interest.

If you're someone that enjoys a lot, and I mean a lot of backstory and relationship building, etc., then you'll probably love this book - I'd definitely say give it a try. The author did a wonderful job with all of the main characters, and I totally agree with one of the other reviewers about the author's describing the four boys and their relationship (as I said, I did get more during skimming). I'm sure there were some long car trips in the author's past! The characters had wonderful personalities, things eventually got a lot more interesting, and the grammar and spelling was great without a bunch of typos! But if you're like me and can only stand so much background before you get a little closer to the main plots, I'd still try this book - but be prepared to do some skipping.
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I'm a native of Noblesville, Indiana where I was born in 1968, but spent my childhood in the small town of Shoals and my current residence is Linton, Indiana. I come from a loving home and as the youngest of six children, probably enjoyed being the "baby" a little more than I should. I'm a self motivator with many titles of interest, including: Fine Arts Artist, Digital Art designer, Photographer, Author, Rock Carver, Avid Mushroom hunter and the one I hold dearest - Mom.