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Coombe's Wood [Kindle Edition]

Lisa C. Hinsley
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Book Description

Top ten occult and mythology UK best seller.

Izzy Santana and her 13-year-old son Connor move into a Reading Council-provided flat in the sleepy village of Cedham. Locals darkly warn her to stay away from nearby Coombe’s Wood, hinting first at elves, then at multiple murders… which may or may not have taken place in the woods hundreds of years ago. It’s all ludicrously superstitious, and Izzy is so delighted to have found a haven for her son – after being threatened by her sadistic ex-partner George – that she takes little notice.

She meets a neighbour who seems kindly, if a trifle fey, and who takes a great interest in her son. Connor seems instantly comfortable with him. She begins to feel as if she is also falling under his spell. But Connor is bullied at school, and one night she finds herself tracking those bullies in the wood, where she believes they are waiting for him. She doesn’t find them, but something closes in on her – something that sounds like a savage animal. As she runs she realises she may have been set up – or Connor was – to be caught by whatever the animal was. She strengthens the barricades in her flat, no longer puts all the local tales about ‘danger in them woods’ down to superstition, and even begins to wonder about the way she was selected by the Reading Council officer to live in the village in the first place.

Then a slit rabbit turns up on her doorstep, along with a distinctive cigarette butt, and she knows George has found her. Desperately compassionate, her neighbour calls the police, who turn up next day, harumph the ceiling, and take the attitude: You’ve not been attacked, then, Miss? You haven’t actually seen him? Why, if your ex-lover has tracked you down, do you suppose he would he dump a rabbit at your door…? Her own question, more urgent, is: if George can get in the front door of the building, can he get into her flat?

What Izzy needs to do is protect Connor. She has already started to uncover the ancient secrets of the village, and now she works out the perfect way to get rid of George… for good.

Publishers Weekly review 2009
In this suspenseful story, strange characters and unnerving legends punctuate one woman’s desperate attempt to flee from her abusive ex-boyfriend by escaping to the English countryside. With little more than an old Toyota and a pair of suitcases, Izzy and her son Connor head to the tiny village of Cedham, where Connor’s father disappeared years before. Izzy, fearful and mistrustful, soon meets the gently protective neighbors and hears stories of elves, ghosts and the monster stalking the nearby woods. Though warned against visiting the woods, Izzy gives into the pull she feels toward the dark woods with a long terrifying history. Deeply-held Cedham traditions add depth to a familiar set-up and offer the additional mystery of whether these stories could be true—or are they the delusions of a paranoid woman on the run? Nicely done.


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In this suspenseful story, strange characters and unnerving legends punctuate one woman's desperate attempt to flee from her abusive ex-boyfriend by escaping to the English countryside. With little more than an old Toyota and a pair of suitcases, Izzy and her son Connor head to the tiny village of Cedham, where Connor's father disappeared years before. Izzy, fearful and mistrustful, soon meets the gently protective neighbors and hears stories of elves, ghosts and the monster stalking the nearby woods. Though warned against visiting the woods, Izzy gives into the pull she feels toward the dark woods with a long terrifying history. Deeply-held Cedham traditions add depth to a familiar set-up and offer the additional mystery of whether these stories could be true--or are they the delusions of a paranoid woman on the run? Nicely done. - Publishers Weekly

From the Author


Lisa C Hinsley's novel My Demon has been published by PfoxChase Publishing and is available as an eBook and paperback. The Ultimate Choice has had an astounding run, peaking as the 14th overall bestselling sci-fi Kindle book on Amazon.com. Her novel What Alice Sees was a runner-up in the 2010 UKA Opening Pages Competition and placed in the May Best Sellers Charts on Arts Council website YouWriteOn. An earlier novel Coombe's Wood finished in the semi-finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2009 and was awarded runner up in the all-genre Book of the Year Awards 2008 on YouWriteOn. Now listed on Amazon Kindle, Coombe's Wood has sold many thousands of copies.

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  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TSAORU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An ancient secret in Coombe's Wood April 12, 2010
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The book starts innocently enough. Fleeing an abusive relationship, Izzy seeks to move from a shelter to a home with her son Connor. But eerie elements are quickly introduced and the reader knows this is no ordinary story. First they find mysterious writing behind the wallpaper in Connor's new room. Then villagers warn them to stay out of nearby Coombe's Wood. Izzy and Connor make friends and Izzy finds work. The telling of the ordinary day to day of their activities makes a good contrast with the creepiness of the environment and the events that soon begin. Izzy learns why she should stay out of the woods, but she's not sure whether to believe the locals. Then George, her ex, finds her and the stalking begins. George is a psychopath and Izzy is in fear for her life. At the end of the story, however, she finds a way to deal with George.

Coombe's Wood is hard to put down once you start reading. Author Lisa Hinsley has skillfully woven the mystery of Izzy's past with the supernatural elements of Coombe's Wood to create a gripping read.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coombe's Wood March 15, 2010
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Coombe's Wood - This story weaves a magical and mysterious tale. A mother on the run with her son from a abusive ex boyfriend. They end up in village where many uuanswered questions arise. A strange next door neighbor who talks of elves, murders and a strange beast that hides in the woods behind their home. Loose yourself in their journey and enter the woods if you dare. Find out what happens to the exhusband who stalks them and how many of the questions are answered for Izzy. I enjoyed this book very much but would of liked to hear more about her son finding out who he truly was and how he accepted it. (maybe another book) Diffently a thumbs up for this capitavating, suprising, nail bitting journey. Good Job!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coombs Woods March 13, 2010
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I just finished Coombes Woods and it was a great story even though I don't go for fantasy so much I really enjoyed this book and it was only 99 cents on kindle!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good self-published novel May 11, 2011
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If you like supernatural thrillers in the vein of a Stephen King or Dean Koontz, you'll likely enjoy Coombe's Wood. Lisa Hinsley's prose is crisp, her characters are believable and the plot is entertaining. I won't go into a synopsis, as that's covered quite well in the book's product description. Though the book could use a bit more thorough editing, the typos found within are rare enough to not distract from the enjoyment.

The only criticism I have is that the novel's plot is a bit of a switcheroo - while there are very prominent supernatural elements to the story, they aren't so integral to the story that the plot wouldn't work without them. They don't distract, but they aren't absolutely necessary to the story of an abused woman's journey to rid herself of her abuser. The setting is well-envisioned, however, and this novel sets it up for excellent sequel possibilities in the future if the author wishes to utilize them.

I would certainly recommend this book, as it's flaws do not outweigh its successes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put this down! March 22, 2010
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I don't usually read Stephen King type books, but from the first page I was captured. I couldn't put it down and was sorry to have it end. Maybe there is a sequel in the works?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent use of language and imagery April 15, 2010
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I highly recommend Lisa Hinsley's Coombe's Wood.This very human story of a battered single mother and her 13 year old son Connor dealing with some strange people on a Council estate in rural England well deserves five stars. The writing is excellent,and with just the right touch of fantasy. One can suspend disbelief in elves as Izzie's problems gradually surface and she encounters the dark forces of the supernatural in the nearby Coombe's Wood. This novel kept me turning the pages on my Kindle.Both Izzie and her son Connor were sympathetic, well-rounded characters,and the scenes that described their stalking by the crazy George were reminiscent of Jack Nicholson in "The Shining" This book would make a great suspense movie. I loved it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying the Story, Writing Stalls a Bit February 13, 2008
Coombes Woods by L.C. Hinsley begins with the Izzy indecisive struggle with signing the papers now or later. We come to learn that she, with her 13 year-old son Connor, has recently (and secretly) left her husband. This is her second partnering, as her first was with Connor's biological father.

The opening interchange with the Housing Council's Mrs. Roberts really showed Izzy as someone who's uncomfortable with making sudden or rash seeming decisions. However, she doesn't want her hesitation to best her either. This is supported later with her expressed regret to Alana that she should have left her husband years ago.

At the end of this transaction, the mystery of Coombe's Woods begins: Why was Mrs. Roberts staring? What was with the ornate walking cane? Izzy has seen it before, but where?

Later as Izzy's back story is divulged to the reader, the memory of the cane returns to her: Connor's dad had one similar to it and he was also from Cedham (where they've just moved to). Now we know that something deliciously interesting could be in the mix.

I'm a fan of the story so far.

The writing, however, did stall in places with an overload of redundancy. Some of it may have been necessary to convey a message to the reader, but using it as a tool too many times becomes, well, redundant. I felt the following portions were examples:
~To take the flat now or not...in Mrs. Roberts office. In the end it seemed a good use to demonstrate Izzy's character.
~The scene with writing on Connor's room's wall. I know that this was to hit a point home, but I felt it played a little too long.

Lines of comment:
~'Izzy half expected an onion to be pulled from the desk drawer... Eat this apple, she'd say.' I liked this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
I enjoyed reading this book, I found it very interesting. The book story kept you interested in finding out the story.
Published 10 months ago by Tammy Felden
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I thought it's a crime thriller. When "elves" were mentioned, I thought it's a metaphor. But it turned out to be a supernatural novel with elves and a beast. Read more
Published 11 months ago by FY
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended
Since I'm no writer I don't like to malign others work, let's just say, it wasn't my cup of tea.
Published 14 months ago by LanaH
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Needs Work (Editor's Review)
I really enjoyed the story, but the writing is a bit of a problem. The author is very comma-happy and tends to insert them randomly in the middle of sentences. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ashley Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars the secret of Coombe's wood
Not the best horror story--nor the worst--kept me turning the pages as I wondered what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 20 months ago by eve salkind
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I hope this was part one of a series, if not, the ending left me hanging, waiting to learn more.
Published 20 months ago by frankie valldez
5.0 out of 5 stars Coobes Wood
I really liked this book kept my interest all the way through hope to read more of her work soon
Published 21 months ago by Pat Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This was an awesome read. The only problem I had with it is that it was written by an English wrter and sometimes they are a different with their wording. Read more
Published 21 months ago by dixiedee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
The writing is excellent with just the right touch of fantasy. This novel kept me turning the pages. Both Izzie and her son Connor were sympathetic and well-developed characters. Read more
Published on July 28, 2012 by The Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy....
A nice beginning that slowly starts to get under your skin, creeping into your mind and before you realise you're sucked in... like Izzy. Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Lisa C Hinsley's career has been varied, working as an architectural technician, a pet sitter, a pharmacy supervisor and most recently a carer/companion for elderly ladies, all the while writing when she can. Born in Portsmouth in 1971, Lisa grew up in England, Scotland, and America. She now lives on the Wirral, in northwest England, with her husband, three children, four cats and a dog.

Lisa's novels Plague and The Ultimate Choice have featured regularly on the UK Amazon bestsellers charts and are published in the USA by Simon & Schuster.

Website: www.lisahinsley.weebly.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaHinsley.author
Twitter: @lisachinsley

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