It was supposed to be a nice family vacation. Their first time out camping. Quality time with the family - more about communicating with each other as opposed to whatever electronic devices got them online. But from the moment they got lost and gave up looking for the camp site, opting to stay in a pretty-looking field deep in the country, things start to go from bad to worse, and soon they find themselves running for their lives.
Who dares go into the woods? More to the point - who will survive?
From Matt Shaw - the twisted mind behind Sick B*stards and Porn - comes a new psychological thriller that is bound to get your adrenaline pumping. Are you ready for it?
Includes bonus short story "The Tube".
©2015 Matt Shaw Publications (P)2016 Matt Shaw Publications
First time reading Shaw's work. slightly predictable in the hunting scenarios, but still chilling. Especially the victim ”roll call". Ghastly, comes to mind.
I had to laugh at the family banter. Four brothers and two sons all too easily helped me to imagine the discourse. Enjoyed it in audio more than I expected I would. Mr. Seager, well done, Sir.
Just including the minimum here so I could warn others that the narration was very hard to follow for this particular book.
I enjoyed the narrator. The story took a bit to get off the ground and I didn't feel like there was an actual conclusion. It's also a bit too graphic for me. I like true crime and murder mysteries, but sections in this just seemed over the top. I won't be listening to it again nor recommending it to friends.
I don't have the print version. I like to listen to the audible version while driving. Narration was excellent.
I liked the father. He wanted to give his family a nice vacation even though he couldn't afford a fancy hotel or travel abroad.
This was my first, but it won't be my last. Jules does an excellent job!
There were some funny parts early on. Some of the language was a bit strong, The last few chapters were disturbing, but that makes for a good thriller.
I kept thinking why don't they just ask for directions when their GPS wasn't working and they didn't have a map. But that would have made for a very different story.
It ranks somewhere in the middle. I got what I signed up for, really! A dark and brutal tale. What stood out was the narration, which was top notch! Julian Seager does a fantastic job to really create the terror needed. The characters came to life and I felt I was really there in the woods with them. I'm really glad he narrates Shaw's other books, and I hope he narrates many others as well!
Just how wrong a family holiday can go!
No, I haven't, but I'm sure do it again soon, as it was really good.
A very difficult question... Most of the "nice" people in the book seem quite annoying to be around in real life, and the bad guys are waaay to terrifying. I think I'd prefer to eat by myself!
Again: Really well read! The father came across as properly desperate and the villains sounded as twisted as they should. I listen mostly to American English audio books, but having lived a few years in the UK, it was really refreshing to listen well read to UK English.
"Stopped listening and deleted from my computer...."
I had to stop listening at 2:06:22 because that was when a graphic rape scene started, and I nearly threw up.
I enjoy a good horror as much as the next person, and it was fine up until that point.
But for it to be so graphic was just too much for me to stomach as a woman, and it would be the same if the person being raped was a man.
It was just horrible and obscene.
I wish I could get my money back.
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