Welcome to Dark Reads stop on the Random Things Tour for Those Who Came Before by J.H Moncrieff. I would like to thank Anne and Flame Tree Press for providing me with a copy of the book in return for my review.
About The Book
An idyllic weekend camping trip is cut short when Reese Wallace’s friends are brutally murdered. As the group’s only survivor, Reese is the prime suspect,and his story doesn’t make much sense. A disembodied voice warning him to leave the campground the night before? A strange, blackened tree that gave him an electric shock when he cut it down for
Detective Greyeyes isn’t having any of it—until she hears the voice herself and finds an arrowhead at the crime scene—an arrowhead she can’t get rid of. Troubling visions of a doomed Native American tribe who once called the campground home,and rumors of cursed land and a mythical beast plague the strangest murder case she’s ever been a part of.
People are dying at Strong Lake, and the worst is yet to come.
Dark Reads Review
This was my first J.H Moncrieff read and it did not disappoint! I was a fantastic blend of Horror, Historical Fiction and Crime Thriller with a generous helping of Native American Folklore, this was certainly a book that is right up my street.
The story switches between perspectives from now and flash backs from when the campground was part of the Indian Reservation. I really like this way of telling a story, it gives a really well rounded narrative.
I found the characters to be surprisingly well balanced for short book but felt that this was a plot driven story in any case. The action was non stop from the first page, I was engaged throughout.
The backdrop was eerie and gave plenty creepy imagery with tonnes of descriptive gore. Fabulous!
I would say if you are a fan Folklore Horror, Crime or Historical Fiction this is definitely one to add to the TBR list! As I said this was my first J.H Moncrieff read but I cannot wait to read more from her!
About The Author
J.H. Moncrieff’s City of Ghosts won the 2018 Kindle Book Review Award for best Horror/Suspense. Reviewers have described her work as early Gillian Flynn with a little Ray Bradburyand Stephen King thrown in for good measure. She won Harlequin’s search for”the next Gillian Flynn”in 2016.
Her first published novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’tLeave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on its horror bestsellers list for overayear.
When not writing, she loves exploring the world’s most haunted places, advocating for animal rights,and summoning her inner ninjain muay thai class.
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