My rating: 5 of 5 stars
With A Kiss of Thorns author Tim Waggoner crafts a brilliant "throwback" horror novel inspired by those 1980s cabin in the woods films like Friday the 13th, but still manages to toss in a few good shocks between bouts of frenzied sex and violence.
Lonny is your typical horror movie slasher, living in a disused cabin off the hiking trails of an Ohio lakeside resort cabin. Waggoner pulls no punches in showcasing the lad's rotten childhood and various depravities, including an infatuation that gives motive to his many murders, and his latest target Julie. Julie and her husband, a young couple barely out of their teens and with their shotgun marriage already in a rut, hope to reignite their spark on a second honeymoon. At least until Julie, a horror movie fanatic, gets lost in the woods...
Waggoner crafts a vicious short story with this one, presenting a couple horrifying moments straight out of NBC's Hannibal in a highly satisfying one-sit read that's pure, bloody good fun.
[Note: I am a member of the DarkFuse Readers Group and received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.]
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