Grimm Woods – A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.
Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.
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Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Camp Counselor, Scott Mamer is having the worst summer possible! It all starts off well enough and even jaded Scott is impressed with Camp Crownheart’s stunning 14th-century decor and attention to detail.
All good feelings vanish, though when two fellow counselors are found murdered and a seriously bloody cat and mouse chase ensue as Scott and fellow camp counselors, realize a psychotic killer is determined to make each of them starring victims in their own fairy tale turned horror story.
Violence, blood, and gore abound in this book as victims are picked off one by one and posed in scenes from various Grimm’s fairy tales and It’s definitely not the whitewashed fairy tales we’ve been brought up with in modern times, but the darker and wholly inappropriate fairy tales probably meant to scare risk taking out of children and adults in the 1800’s.
I enjoyed the author’s spin on this story, it’s part mystery, part horror, and then add in the darkness of Grimm’s fairy tales, what a wickedly twisted book! In some ways this book reminds me of the movie Friday the 13th, only better written. The ending surprised me and somehow I feel the door has been left open for a sequel, I can’t wait (rubs hands together gleefully)!
This book was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!
D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror. For more information, visit www.dmelhoff.com.