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Into the Woods is a novel of suspense set in the late 16th century by Josh Soule. 

John, Thomas, and Henry had grown up in the small village of Carn and were now adults and still the best of friends. They were each different. John's artistic inclinations had led him to leave their village to study art in Paris, but while he knew he would always miss that city, he was coming home to Carn for good.

And while they had played together as kids as they were growing up in Carn, some things didn't change. The woods were still as dark and foreboding as they had been years earlier, when the three friends would dare each other to enter. The ancient legends of evil monsters still lingered in the minds of each of them. 

Thomas had taken to staying awake at night now to protect his herd from predators, yet a moment's rest had given something ample time to slaughter one of his cows. Thomas wanted the men of Carn to rise up and confront the beast, but the others were not so sure. 

When the three friends unite to solve this mystery, they soon discover that the truth about the creature is much more troublesome than they ever feared.

©2019 Josh Soule (P)2019 Josh Soule

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Very emotional ending

I am not a emotional person but in ending i become emotional, Great Audiobook s

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Who Is the Beast?

You’ll figure out what the beast is that threatens the village of Carn very quickly, but the truly intriguing question is “who is the beast?” Josh Soule lays out his mystery quite well. Three old friends are reunited when John returns to Carn from Paris in the late sixteenth century. He has a secret that is greatly disturbing him. His friends Henry and Thomas are arguing with each other. Thomas has lost a cow to the beast and wants to hunt it down while Henry is more concerned with keeping the villagers from panicking. It’s an awkward situation made worse by Henry’s monstrous temper, but the novel sees the three men struggling to restore their friendship while they try to find the monster. The reader will spend all of that time looking for clues as to which of them is secretly the beast.

Soule plays fair with the reader giving out clues, but there were a couple of things that struck me as odd about the story. At one point, several corpses—victims of the beast—are discovered and again “not to panic” the villagers, the decision is made not to tell anyone what was found. In fact, by the end of the novel it is clear that a couple of villagers have known what was going on and who was responsible from the beginning, but didn’t share their knowledge even though doing so would have completely averted all the tragedies in the tale. There are also some minor issues with the setting of the story. For example, Soule uses the term rifle and musket interchangeably—they are not interchangeable and rifles weren’t invented yet. But these are ultimately small issues which do not harm the overall story.

In the final analysis, this is a novel about four people (I include the old priest who helped raise two of the boys) who care deeply about each other and there’s a definite sense of growing tragedy as they try to figure out how to protect the town. If you like a historical mystery that is strongly grounded in the characters, you’ll like Into the Woods.

I received this book for free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

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Enough mystery to keep you interested

This is an interesting quick listen. I didn’t care much for the narrator as he has 3 voices and that’s it. It made it difficult for differentiation between characters. As far as story goes, the end is a well done twist. The pace of the book is fairly slow, enough that I almost stopped listening. Minus the gore that is briefly described, this book is appropriate for teens.


—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good Short

I enjoyed listening to this short book with good narration. It is about 3 longtime friends trying to track down a killer of the livestock and prevent it from getting the villagers. It has good character development with twists and turns a surprise sad ending. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Gripping Listen

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This is my second Josh Soule story - the first being "The Monster" - which I highly recommend. Again Josh Soule does not disappoint. This well-written story centers on the friendship of three men in a small village. You are immediately drawn into their relationships and their village life as each character is relatable and well-defined. As the story evolves, you learn that there is some sort of predator coming out of the woods to attack the livestock and the three friends decide they will try to stop the beast. There are several twists and turns as the three friends try to decipher myth from fact. And the ending made me gasp out loud! Highly recommend!

Every once in a while, you have the perfect marriage of an author and a narrator. This is such a case. The narration by Scott Cluthe draws you in and elevates the written word.

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Three life-long friends; 1 monster; 1 big surprise

Even though the genre is not my favorite, Josh Soule has written a compelling novel that is beautifully narrated by Scott Cluthe.

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I'm So happy With It

This book was deeper, darker and even more addicting. His talent knows no bounds. Get ready to stay with this book until it is finished. You won't be able to help yourself.

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A Great Deal

This was thrilling suspense from start to finish. This book holds your attention from the first page until the end. Josh Soule has done it again with another great read especially if you are a fan of mysteries, suspense, and thrillers.

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Into The Woods

I believe his books keep getting better. If you buy this book, it will be hard to put it down without listening to the entire book. So be prepared and schedule some time to listen to this. You won’t be sorry.

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A thriller that did not make my heart beat fast

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.*

The story of three friends who start a plan to catch whatever is butchering the animals in the area. A thriller with supernatural elements not necessarily related to each other.

The plot was ok, but I found it quite predictable and too much into the supernatural elements. I have no supernatural believes and the author evidently does. Everything and anything bad that happened or a character did seemed to have its explanation based on how close to God someone was and/or how close to the church itself.

When the creature that had been destroying the animals was revealed, I already knew because the hints given were too obvious, at least to me.

I also felt it was lacking depth on the backgrounds and should have a multiperspective explanation, not a unidirectional one.

The narrator's job was fair, but the characters' voices could have been better differenciated and shown a wider variety of emotions.

Simply not for me.

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"We need to stay together."

This is a short book at only three and one half hours duration and intriguing, if a little jumbled in presentation - Perhaps because it started as a short story, then evolved. Set at the end of the 1500's, it starts well, with one of the main protagonists (three childhood friends who grew up together in a small English village, and the parish priest) returning from Paris to his home. He sets the scene with tales of childish pranks and legends of the Devil lurking in the surrounding woods. When he arrived home at his village, everyone has moved on but still there are rumours of some beast in the neighbourhood.

There is little to give credence to this taking place over 400 years ago, other than the lack of technology (i.e.street lighting and telephones) and only crude weaponry, such as branches, knives and single shot rifles. But there is a sense of isolation. None of the characters is particularly endearing, not come fully alive, although good background histories are given to them all. Throughout, there is a sense of mystery - one for the reader to solve before the big reveal at the conclusion. Although irritating at times, it has sufficient power to hold the audience to the end, despite having a familiar feel throughout.

Narration by Scott Cluthe was good, his rich voice very appropriate to the subject matter. But some words seemed slightly wrong, perhaps mispronounced, or simply slurred. The use of drug as a last usage for the verb 'to drag' ( as in 'the sheep had been drug through the grass' ) was, however, very jarring: especially since no other attempt to make the language seem from a last age had been included: whether the fault of Cluthe himself or of the author, I cannot say.

Overall, a pleasant, invading afternoon's read, a nice tale of terror haunting a small village, of friendship, loyalty and facing up to fear. My thanks to the rights holder of Into the Woods who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. An enjoyable mystery.