Firstly I would like to thank Panther Publishing and Duncan Thompson for allowing me the opportunity to join in on the blog tour for Shadows of the Woods! It’s my first ever blog tour too, which is extremely exciting, and today is my stop. I hope you enjoy my part of the tour!
Book Description – Taken from Goodreads:
Faceless shadows, a night that will never be the same, and a sinister force. If you go down to the woods tonight, you’re in for a sinister surprise. When a stag party decide to camp in the woods, they soon discover that a malevolent force has them in their sights. As the unknown creeps ever closer, Joe and his friends must survive. To survive, Joe must learn to fight. If he fights, he could lose it all. A rollercoaster ride of blood, sweat and tears, Shadows of the Woods will keep you hooked, all whilst throwing nostalgic homage to slashers of the late seventies and early eighties. A Night Terror that you won’t be forgetting any time soon…
The Author – Duncan Thompson
Duncan is an author of multiple novels. He has spent most of his life in the town of West Yorkshire – and you’ll find that most of his stories are set here too under the guise of ‘Raven’s Peak’. In the 90’s, Duncan became an amateur director, and began creating his own horror movies! Some years later, this is how he came up with his idea of his debut novel ‘Dark Places’. Since then Duncan has written multiple horror/thriller novels, including Shadows of the Woods.
I won’t lie that to begin with, I was pretty apprehensive about this book – but at the same time I was intrigued to say the least, just from the description. From the get go it was straight in with the story. I find with a lot of horrors and thrillers there’s a lot of background building, which is quite unnecessary most of the time. Whereas this was so fast-paced, but not too fast paced that you wouldn’t grasp the story.
From the first chapter you can definitely see Thompson’s film directive skills come in, particularly with the way the beginning of the story is set out. At first I was worried that so much had happened at the beginning that there wouldn’t be enough to the storyline to keep the momentum going – but I was wrong on this! There was so much more to the story about who the ‘Shadows’ were and how they had been summoned. It was very interesting to say the least!
This is definitely a book that I could see as a film, and a particularly jumpy one at that. It definitely has the scare-factor to become a horror, and in some aspects it is your typical horror, especially the opening scene!
I would definitely recommend giving this a read, I highly enjoyed it! And if you’re someone who enjoys thrillers, this will keep you on the edge of your seat for sure!