Title: If You Go Down to the Woods
Author: Seth C. Adams
Publisher: Killer Reads
Publication Date: April 6, 2018
Page Count: 400
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
GET READY FOR THE MOST POWERFUL AND EMOTIONAL DEBUT THRILLER OF 2018!
Perfect for fans of It by Stephen King, The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor and the TV show Stranger Things.
SOMETHING IS HIDING IN THE SHADOWS…
We were so young when it all happened. Just 13-years-old, making the most of the long, hot, lazy days of summer, thinking we had the world at our feet. That was us – me, Fat Bobby, Jim and Tara – the four members of the Outsiders’ Club.
The day we found a burnt-out car in the woods was the day everything changed. Cold, hard cash in the front seat and a body in the trunk… it started out as a mystery we were desperate to solve.
Then, the Collector arrived. He knew we had found his secret. And suddenly, our summer of innocence turned into the stuff of nightmares.
Nothing would ever be the same again…
Alright I have to admit my reason for picking this one up is it being advertised as for fans of It by Stephen King and The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor. For once the advertising from the publisher is actually pretty spot on instead of the usual why in the world are they comparing this to that book feeling I get. This one will immediately remind you of the titles they’ve listed.
The book starts as Joe is remembering the summer he was thirteen and his parents decided on a move to the small town of Payne, Arizona. At that age the move was a new adventure to Joe and shortly after moving he meets Fat Bobby being tortured by some bullies and so the beginning of the Outsiders club. Joe, Bobby, Tara and Jim bond together and begin their summer adventure.
Eventually while exploring in the woods a car is found locked up and hidden. Of course curiosity gets the better and when finally able to get inside they find a fortune in cash. Now we know that this is a too good to be true scenario and of course the next thing for the Outsiders is a major order of danger coming their way.
As I said this one has major vibes of the books they compared it too so if you are a fan of a nostalgic coming of age with a dangerous twist type of read then this one will probably be for you. While I enjoyed this one much as I had the others before it my only thought though was is it terribly original. Sure these kids get into their own mess of troubles over their summer but one can’t help but to compare so in the end I decided to rate this one at 3.5 stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Raised on Marvel comics, horror fiction, The Twilight Zone, and other genre entertainment unsuitable for an impressionable young mind, Seth C. Adams knew he wanted to tell stories at a young age. With a Bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of California, Riverside, and completing his Master’s in North American History at Arizona State University, as an adult he’s learned that real life is indeed often stranger-and more frightening-than fiction. He currently splits his time between California and Arizona, and is always working on, or thinking about, his next story.