I’ve been looking forward to reading From the Woods by Charlotte Greene ever since I saw it in the “coming soon” list on the Bold Strokes Books website. Whenever I want to read a novel that will have me turning on all the lights in the house and making sure all the doors are locked, I know I can just reach for one of Ms. Greene’s stories. This is another book I can add to that “please scare me half-to-death” list.
This is an exciting adventure with lots of danger, intrigue, thrills, and maybe just a touch of the paranormal. It’s set in a gorgeous pristine forestland located in the remote mountains of Colorado that our characters plan to hike through. This lovely forest quickly becomes terrifyingly dangerous when someone or something begins to stalk and attack them. This is the perfect backdrop for the action and intrigue that Ms. Greene is famous for.
The characters are well developed and fit their roles in the overall tale. None of them are perfect. They all have quirks and flaws, and this makes them more realistic. The romance between Fiona and Roz, their trail guide is a slow-burn romance that fits well into the story.
The only problem I had with this tale is that there are some questions left unanswered in the plot. I’ve seen this as a plot device in horror stories before, but I would like to eventually get the answers to these questions. I also would love to read more with these characters, so I’m hoping that Ms. Greene is planning or at least thinking about a sequel to this novel.
I’m giving this book a 4.5 star rating, but I’m moving the total up to 5 stars simply because I loved this scary story.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.