The Girl From the Woods
By: Chris Keane
Publish Date: 25 April 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Spice: 1 Star
Rating: 5 Star
About the Book:
It’s summertime and the last place 19-year-old Dante Elton wants to be is at his grandmother’s in rural upstate New York. But it’s exactly where his parents dump him, as they jet off to Europe. Without a car, cell service, or even basic television, there is nothing to do but wander around the nearby woods just as he had as a small child…
There he meets sexy—and slightly older—Angie Sewall while on a hike. On the surface, she’s a devoted daughter content to be single while she manages her father’s medical practice. Yet deep down, Angie is bored and heartbroken…and is harboring some special gifts that she keeps secret from her father and their backwoods community.
When Dante’s grandmother’s health declines, he reaches out to Angie’s father for help, only to uncover the good doctor’s dark side. When Dante confides in Angie, it drives a spike into their budding relationship. He’s left to wonder if he’s all alone in his quest to save his grandmother.
About the Author:
Chris is a graduate of Rutgers University and studied the art of storytelling at Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City. Chris’ first publication, “Loot,” became a bestselling Kindle Short Read, in the category of Young Adult Fiction.
“Loot,” set on Halloween in 1977, tells the tale of three boys who skip Halloween to hunt for cash to purchase an Atari in an old farmhouse belonging to one of their deceased aunts. Adventure ensues in his coming-of-age tale in the spirit of Stand by Me and The Goonies.
In addition to authoring prose, Chris is a screenwriter. In 2013 he wrote the screenplay for a short film, The Baseball Card, about three twelve-year old boys who fight over a Don Mattingly baseball card during the summer of 1984. The Baseball Card was an official selection of the Garden State Film Festival, Hoboken International Film Festival, and Maryland International Film Festival in 2014.
The Girl from the Woods is his debut novel.
This was a pretty fast paced book. I was able to read it in a few hours. Maybe just because I enjoyed it a lot I just didn’t want to put it down. The book starts a bit weird. The two boys in the novel have their parents just leaving them with no notice and just telling them they must fend for themselves for the summer and they are a bit fed up with all the crap that they have done since graduating high school. I thought it a pretty good idea! I wish I would of thought of that myself.
During the book you get to see the main character Dante grow up during the summer he has to spend at his grandmothers. You see him make the mistakes but he grows from them and he becomes more mature by the end of the book. His parents leaving for the summer actually is best for him.
I like how Mr. Keane adds in the Salem witches within the books since the good doctor is from Salem himself and he happens to have the same last name as one of the witches that had burned at the stake herself. I do wish Mr. Keane would of devolved more on who or what was going on at the library. He kept me hanging there and I really would like to know what happened to Dante and the poor librarian!
Mr. Keane are you going to develop it more in another book? I would like to know exactly what happened at the library! Please?
The romance was pretty cool within the book. There were a couple of somewhat steamy scenes nothing to write home about. But, they were there. I liked how Angie would really tease him and make him crazy. I liked how they were able to just fit together. Like they were just made to be together. Like a couple of puzzle pieces. They were just waiting to be together and found each other.
I have to say the only part of the novel that was paranormal was in the library and the witches part. I am trying to figure out what else would make this book paranormal. It was a rather good book. It flowed rather well, and it held your interest the whole way through. I am happy with the fact that I did read it.
I’m hoping that Mr. Keane will be writing another novel to follow up with this little sleepy town and further write about the library and other things going on with the town!
****I was given a copy of this book for my honest review****