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Review - The Root Witch by Debra Castaneda

Synopsis -

A beautiful forest. A terrifying legend.

It’s 1986. Two strangers, hundreds of miles apart, grapple with disturbing incidents in a one-of-a-kind quaking aspen forest.

Knox is a new Forest Service ranger assigned to a vast, remote territory in Utah.

Sandy is a producer fighting for her place in a tough TV newsroom.

Both have heard about the shadowy figure believed to menace visitors to the forest. When a man disappears and reports of the Root Witch begin coming in, Knox and Sandy are plunged into a living nightmare.

Their lives converge on Halloween. Sandy sends a news crew to investigate the sightings. But when the team goes missing, and a shocking video surfaces revealing the ghastly truth, Knox and Sandy face the biggest decision of their lives.

This novel is based on a short story, "The Root Witch: An Urban Legend Caught on Tape."

Review -

If you go into this book expecting evil witches and extreme horror, you are going to be disappointed. If, on the other hand, you want a slow burn tale that slowly unfolds and becomes creepier with each page turn, this is the one for you.

This is a tale about nature, and specifically a clone forest of aspen trees, that will do what it takes to grow and expand it's reach. It's a unique tale, and one that takes a minute to get going, but you really should stick with it.

The character development is excellent, and there are a couple of nice little twists along the way that I did not see coming. This is not a book that will terrify you or keep you awake at night, but it's a well-written tale about nature run amok.

You can nab your copy HERE.

4 stars out of 5

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