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In the house in the dark of the woods [large print] / Laird Hunt.
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9781432862299
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Large print edition.
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Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.

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269 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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In colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or been kidnapped and set loose to wander in the dense forest. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman. Then everything changes. On a journey through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along. This is the story of a bewitching, a betrayal, a master huntress and her quarry. It is a story of anger, of evil, of hatred and of redemption.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Hunt (The Evening Road) packs this eerie tale of wayward women with tinges of witchcraft and nightmarish imagery. A woman known only as Goody drifts into a colonial New England forest after getting lost looking for berries for her domineering husband and young son. Captain Jane, a rugged stranger, finds her and guides her to the secluded house of Eliza, who kindly treats Goody's exhaustion and wounded feet. Goody flees after waking up in the night and discovering multiple moaning Elizas bent in disturbing poses. Back in the woods, Goody is tricked by the crone Granny Someone into retrieving a lost treasure from a spoiled well. When Captain Jane rescues her, only to take her aboard an airship made of human bones, Goody realizes all three women in the woods are witches. She flies homeward with Captain Jane, who insists on a stop to punish a wicked man from Goody's past. As she approaches home alone, Goody doubts her decision to leave the woods, and her hesitations push her toward a terrifying choice. The chilling elements build slowly rather than coming as sudden shocks, and Laird's almost soothing tone makes the surprising twists all the more frightening. This dark fairy tale will make even seasoned horror fans shudder. Agent: Anna Stein, ICM Partners. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


New York Review of Books Review

ELEVATION, by Stephen King. (Scribner, $19.95.) The master of horror brings us back to the fictional town of Castle Rock for a short novel about a man and his curious affliction: Though he looks as if he weighs 240 pounds, the scale says otherwise. The numbers keep getting lower and lower as the tension in this fantastical story increases. DAEMON VOICES: On Stories and Storytelling, by Philip Pullman. (Knopf, $30.) This enchanting illustrated collection of essays and lectures by the British author best known for his children's trilogy "His Dark Materials" is animated by wit, erudition and a passionate interest in how stories are made. MELMOTH, by Sarah Perry. (Custom House, $27.99.) In this Gothic stunner, set chiefly in contemporary Prague and based loosely on the 19th-century horror novel "Melmoth the Wanderer," a cursed woman has roamed the earth throughout history, bearing witness to human suffering. SONS OF CAIN: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age to the Present, by Peter Vronsky. (Berkley, paper, $17.) A lineup of fabled murderers, with special emphasis on the "golden age" of serial killers in America (1950-2000), draws a link between the trained killers of wartime and the generations that follow them. IN THE NAME OF THE CHILDREN: An F.B.I. Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators, by Jeffrey L. Rinek and Marilee Strong. (BenBella, paper, $16.95.) Revisiting some of his most important and affecting cases, Rinek gives readers a detailed account of the F.B.I.'s tactics and procedures. IN THE HOUSE IN THE DARK OF THE WOODS, by Laird Hunt. (Little, Brown, $22.) Hunt's slim, dark novel reads like a fairy tale more twisted than Grimm. There are witches and a menacing character named Granny Someone and a lot to be scared of in the cellar. Hunt evokes countless stories embedded in the American consciousness - and then makes them even more terrifying. CITY OF CROWS, by Chris Womersley. (Europa, paper, $17.) Set amid a plague in 17th-century France, this chilling novel features a mother who succumbs to witchcraft and a grifler with a gift for the tarot. The author's enthusiasm fuels the slow-burning horror of his tale. FAKE BLOOD, written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner. (Simon & Schuster, $14.99; ages 10 and up.) This delightful graphic novel cleverly juxtaposes a preteen crush with vampires, and one fierce vampire slayer. A WINTER'S PROMISE, by Christelle Dabos. Translated by Hildegard Serle. (Europa, $19.95; ages 12 and up.) A French best seller, this fantasy is the first of a quartet about a girl in a matriarchal society who's sent to a foreboding island for an arranged marriage. The full reviews of these and other recent books are on the web: nytimes.com/books


Library Journal Review

Having explored the dark realities of American history, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner Hunt (Kind One) goes fantastical in this beautifully delivered example of literary horror, set in colonial New England. A Puritan woman walks into the woods to pick berries for her husband and son and, after falling asleep, awakes to a strange new world she cannot escape. She's helped fleetingly by Captain Jane, who returns later to rescue her after cackling Granny Someone shoves her down a filthy well to rescue a precious object. Meanwhile, the woman spends time with Circe-like Eliza, who enchants her with kindness, well-stocked larder, and spooky games. Eliza has increasingly disturbing visions-looking through a bit of bark, she sees not golden-haired Eliza but a sunken-eyed hag. Yet much as she desires to leave, the real world she recalls-unkind parents and a pious, abusive husband-isn't promising either. If the women she encounters are indeed witches, evoking witchcraft's place in America's past, they're also guides of sorts-or perhaps projections of our innermost memories, desires, and fears. -VERDICT Occasionally puzzling in purpose, this atmospheric book still absorbs like the best dark fairy tales and will leave readers chilled to the bone. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.