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Shy Grove: A Ghost Story by [Johnson, Scott]

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Starred Review - This creative, twisted, and relentlessly unsettling creepy house story draws deeply on the natural tensions of a stressful marriage and of parenting a teen while pulling its characters into profoundly strange territory. Gary is excited to move with his wife, Angela, and 14-year old son, Zach, into the old house he's inherited from his reclusive Aunt Ester in a remote, dying town hours from their home in San Antonio, Tex. But the locals tell stories of an evil church that once stood on the property, and thumps from under the floorboards, disembodied voices, and disturbing erotic dreams make the house feel anything but welcoming. Zach focuses on repairing the classic truck in the barn and on his first romance, but the increasingly strange behavior of his parents becomes impossible to ignore. Johnson (Droplets) skillfully brings readers into Gary and Angela's inner thoughts so that their flips between belief and disbelief, and the ways in which each reacts to the atypical behavior of the other while experiencing the incongruity of increasing compulsions, become terrifyingly relatable. This is an impressive new take on classic horror themes. Publisher's Weekly
The suspense and the eeriness that permeate the story leave the reader edgy, anxious, and with goosebumps. The writing is gorgeous, and the author's economy of words and precision in descriptions capture images, sounds, movements and sights that will flood the reader's senses. Here is a novel that makes readers feel haunted, and the author does an awesome job in creating a sense of mystery in the story. Scott A. Johnson is a master storyteller and his gift for character and plot comes across beautifully in Shy Grove: A Ghost Story. Shy Grove as a setting is a place that reflects the name, but then there is always more than meets the eye in this little town. The story is well-written, intelligently plotted, and fast-paced. It's as gripping and entertaining as it is disturbing. Again, the kind of book you don't open if you plan to get some sleep. 5 Stars Romuald Dzemo
Scott A. Johnson's horror novel, Shy Grove: A Ghost Story, will delight anyone who grew up loving spooky stories. Johnson deftly builds up the tension as Gary, Zach and Angela cope with Aunt Ester's strange old house and the oddly hostile residents of Shy Grove. Also, cleverly hidden within this story is an awesome coming of age tale as fourteen-year-old Zach investigates noises, restores an antique car and finally makes a real-life friend. As the story progresses, Zach's role builds and seeing him grow strong and confident is awesome. Shy Grove is one of those books that merit a long stretch of uninterrupted time in a comfortable chair. Johnson's story gets the reader hooked instantly, the plot unfolds beautifully, and the horror builds quite nicely indeed. I'll be looking for more horror offerings by this author. Shy Grove: A Ghost Story is most highly recommended. 5 Stars Jack Magnus
Shy Grove does not stray from the conventions of its genre, but that does not mean it is predictable. This is Scott A. Johnson's ninth novel and it shows. As the tension builds steadily and the family slowly spirals out of control, each character develops an individual voice and many of the early scenes are cinematic - it is easy to imagine portions of this narrative adapted to film. The Preacher in the novel is a fantastic example of a character that evolves as the narrative reveals his story. There are some violent scenes in the story, but the author does not dwell unnecessarily on the detail, and each one is in context to the larger story. Overall, Shy Grove will appeal to readers of horror who prefer terror to gore and suspense to gratuitous violence, which is entirely in keeping from an author with a website called! 4 Stars KM Steele for Readers' Favorite

From the Author

This book was inspired by one of those small, half-forgotten Texas towns that one seems to stumble across every now and again. I grew up in a small town that was full of religious fervor, so a natural marriage of the two popped into my head. I've always enjoyed ghost stories, and this one, I hope, will chill you to the bone.

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  • File Size: 1728 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692982590
  • Publication Date: March 16, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07BBXKW65
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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