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Review - Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea

Book Synopsis:

John Backman specializes in inexplicable phenomena. The weirder the better. So when he gets a letter from a terrified man describing an old log home with odd whisperings, shadows that come alive, and rooms that disappear, he can’t resist the call. But the violence only escalates as soon as John arrives in the remote Alaskan village of Shida. Something dreadful happened there. Something monstrous. The shadows are closing in…and they’re out for blood.


I stumbled on this paperback in a little gift shop that carried a bit of everything. I was taken in by the cover and the price, and it ended up being a fabulous purchase.

Haunted house stories have been done to death (I even have one of my own), but this still felt original. Set in a small town in Alaska, Forest of Shadows tells the story of millionaire ghost hunter John Backman and his young family who head to the a mysterious house after receiving an email from one of the locals who had an ghostly experience while cleaning the home.

Things start out slowly, with the family settling into their temporary abode, but the calm does not last for long. The author sets a nice steady pace and does a good job of developing all the main players in the tale. It all builds to a frenetic, and at times violent, ending that was extremely satisfying.

This is the first in a three book series and the best that I can say is that I cannot wait to get my hands on the other two titles.

5 out of 5

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