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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book because of the Search and Rescue aspect. I have done SAR for 22 years and am also in my 60's, as are the sisters.
I don't even know where to start. Read more
Two older heroines that annually gather wild mushrooms in a nearby forest, come to the aid of a group of young men. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Laura and Julie are a couple of ladies in their sixties who have grown up exploring the woods their whole life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carrie G.
I liked the book and I enjoyed reading it. I never have read any books from this author before until I found this book and added it to my kindle... read it and loved it.Published 14 months ago by Terrie Renison
It was a nice book, started a little slow but picked up. Kept you interested in the characters and their well being. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sassy Susie
Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Sympathetic characters, suspense, lovely gore and well-written. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Pauline K.
Would like to say more about this book but some of them I don't remember ordering. Some are on my Kindle and some I just want a book to hold on to. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Penny Johnson
Story line was predictable and the writing style was rather juvenile.Published 21 months ago by lucygirl