Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff
A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counsellors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.
Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.
Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror.
Scott has had a rough past but he is trying to work through that. After an unsuccessful round of job searches, he is hired to be a counselor at Camp Crownheart which is fairytales themed. But when he gets there, Scott finds that counselors are more interested in drugs and sex instead of watching the 55 kids. But then the counselors are being discovered murdered and staged similar to fairytales. The counselors try to protect the kids from the killer and stumble upon a collection of Grimm’s Fairytales and they learn that fairytales are not the happy stories that we know, they are darker and were told to keep kids inline. It seems someone is trying to keep the counselors in line.
This is a dark, gory story that is filled with ungrateful teenagers, sex, drugs, and a bloody killing spree. I love how it is based around the original stories. They are not the warm fuzzy stories that we have come to think of as a fairytale. I love how they are used against those that are taking advantage of the situation, the counselors.
This is a purely gory horror story and I loved it. I can’t wait to read other books from D. Melhoff.
I received Grimm Woods from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
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