Thursday, February 28, 2019



Published February 28th 2019

(from the book description)

Something lurks just beyond.
Centuries ago a heinous act created a ripple that still haunts the residents to this very day.
Now the kids who reside near McConnell's Forest live forever in fear.
Jason lost his brother when he was young. He left with his friends to ‘debunk’ the urban legend and never came back.
Now Jason and his group of friends are fed up and want to discover what is happening, what is the real cause of the terror holding their small town hostage.
But something is waiting for them. She may look sweet and innocent, but the friends are about to find out that pure evil can exist in the smallest of packages.
She's out there. And while you may not know her name or what she looks like, the local kids will tell you if you ask, that you should fear for your life from the girl who hid in the trees.

 I have been a fan of Steve Stred since I read his novella WAGON BUDDY last year.  Since then I have read through his existing works, and his newest novella THE GIRL WHO HID IN THE TREES is his best yet. A coming-of-age type tale, reminiscent of Stephen Kings' IT, and more recently TAMER ANIMALS by Justin M. Woodward.

The story centers around Jason, who looses his older brother at a young age to what the residents of his town call an Urban Legend. The mystery of a young girl who hides in the local forest and lures people to their deaths. Years later, after having a horrifying vision of his brother, Jason decides to gather his friends and end the legend once and for all. What starts as a weekend in the woods with friends, turns into a night a terror that will change Jason's life forever.

The author puts a lot of work into his characters. Making them likable and more importantly, believable. These could be your personal group of childhood friends. The story moves along at a good pace and then jumps into overdrive towards the end. The blood and gore flow freely in the final pages and the author does not hold back. No one is safe and he manages to pull off a few surprises  that will catch readers off guard. The author manages to give us a conclusion that is both heartbreaking and totally satisfying. 

You may never want to walk alone in the woods again after reading this tale.

 This is definitely one book you will want to pick up and spend the afternoon reading. I recommend it highly.

A little added bonus is a forward by Gavin Kendall of KENDALL REVIEWS. I have been a follower of Gavin's for some time and was happy to see him get the opportunity to write this forward. Make sure to check out his site for some really awesome book reviews.

You can purchase THE GIRL WHO HID IN THE TREES in ebook and print on AMAZON

You can learn more about the author Steve Stred by visiting his site HERE.

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