I was drawn to this book from the beginning and it kept me intrigued to the end. Storms, trees that move, scenery that changes, fears that have consumed the residents of a strange town called Underwood will draw you into this mysterious and intriguing story.
I enjoyed "Underwood" by Colin Griffiths. The story moved quickly and never was boring. It was a hard book to put down. Griffiths did a great job telling this story. His characters are well developed and you get to know them well. The violence is minimal, there is no foul language and no erotica.
Griffiths tells us a story of a young family on vacation. We meet: Peter, the father; Eileen, the mother; Lily, their 14 year old daughter and Nathan, their 12 year old son. They get caught in a terrible rain storm and pull off to the side of the road to wait it out. They fall asleep and later wake up in town called Underwood. Underwood is a town that has "one way in and no way out." They are met by a bus (#64) driven by a man named Steve Dulce. He takes them into Underwood. There, they are assigned a home to stay in. Our story unfolds from there.
We meet the three creepy men who run the town: Sheriff Allen Herapath, Judge Philip Lenan and Vicar Andy Thomas. As the story moves along, you will learn a lot more about this creepy threesome. There are a few surprises along the way. We also meet: Tony Griffiths who owns a car lot, David Harris who is the town's doctor and Craig who owns the local social club/bar/grill. We also meet three residents who befriend our lost family: Rebecca and her children Ivy and Samuel. As the tale moves forward, these characters interact with one another in a series of exciting events.
Many strange things happen in this creepy town of 250. When girls reach age 16, they are turned into "breeding machines". Any man in town can be selected to impregnate them. To stay in town, boys must remain strong. Cars are not allowed in Underwood, and yet there is a big car lot owned by Tony Griffiths. No one gets sick, and yet David Harris is the town doctor. There is very little crime, but yet we have Sheriff Herapath and Judge Philip Lenan. There is no church to speak of and yet we have Vicar Andy Thomas. A very strange place indeed.
You will also see "The Thing in The Woods", a creature out to kill anybody who enters the woods. To stay alive, the creature must be fed. You will want to stay out of the woods!
Peter's only goal is to get his family out of Underwood and back home safely. The author takes us on an exciting journey as Peter attempts to accomplish his goal. My telling of the story has many holes in it. To fill those holes would give away too much of the story. Do they get out? Does anyone else get in? What's up with that creepy threesome? Does fact that Underwood is built on an old WWII POW camp come in to play? These and many other questions will be answered if you read the book.
I recommend this book to you! I was not disappointed. Enjoy!
This book is one hell of a ride! It's fast paced, packed with mystery and plot twists and quite oppressive in its sense of menace. Everything a good thriller should be.
The tagline reads 'One Way In, No Way Out'. The story concerns a family who take a wrong turning in a storm and find themselves in the strange town of Underwood, a place which is completely isolated, a world of its own. And there is no way out. Literally.
The town has been apart from the rest of the world for decades and time has stood still. It is ruled by three men who everyone fears: the sherriff, the judge and the vicar. All three are unnaturally large and exhibit certain shared character traits and habits that suggest they are weirdly linked and may not be altogether human. They rule Underwood with iron fists and their rules are not the kind that Peter Ford and his family have any liking for. The town is surrounded by woods, in which a terrifying creature dwells that devours any who pass under the shadow of the trees.
Every time there is a storm, the trees move and there is the chance that more travellers may be drawn into the town they can never escape.
There are some masterful descriptive passages in this book. The account of the storm in the first chapter is so vivid you can almost hear the rain and thunder.
The plot revolves around the attempts of the Ford family to find a way out of this hell. The background to the town is fed to the reader in snippets, gradually building up a picture of what has happened here. But in a wise move by Griffiths, we aren't given everything on a plate. We discover as much as the Ford family discovers in their bid to get out. Other things are hinted at. We learn enough about the creature in the woods to gradually come to understand its relationship with the three rulers and the town, but we don't know where it came from or how it does what it does. But that's how it should be, because the characters don't know these things either and it would cheapen the story for the reader to simply be told. We don't know how the parallel worlds affect each other, nor how the two old ladies do what they do. And this is great! We learn enough to explain the plot and follow the story and make us shudder as we wonder about the truth of Underwood, but there are still some mysteries left at the end, meaning there's plenty of scope for a sequel, especially in light of the final couple of pages.
You wouldn't in reality want to visit a town like Underwood. But I'd certainly be eager to return there in my reading.
There are some stories that could be written in letters the size of a micron on the back of a matchbox and people would still be lining up to buy a microscope to read the book. This is one of them. The author is one of those gifted storytellers who effortlessly enthrall their audience.
I was drawn gently into the trap with the introduction of a normal family of parents and two teenage kids trying to get to a new holiday location in the middle of the mother of all storms. Due to road closures they end up taking a detour, which turns into a deadly experience when they arrive at the village of Underwood where no one leaves. No one can leave. The beast in the surrounding woods makes quite sure of that. What happens in Underwood is outside of anyone's wildest dreams. This is the stuff of nightmares and the epitome of a darn good horror story.
Well Mr Griffiths, I would like to know what goes on in your mind lol Very different from his other books, got really spooked at the beginning, but the basis of the book was very intriguing. Yet again he manages to write a very strong plot with realistic characters. All I can say is keep writing Colin, your books are fantastic. Yet again it is left open at the end, so who knows there may be a follow on!!!! He is up there with my favourite authors can't wait to read another book by this author