Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: Kingsley Woods by Joan Conning Afman

Kingsley Woods by Joan Conning Afman
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Kingsley Woods would be a great place to live…if only the dead would stay dead.

Jaycee Warren really doesn’t want to return to the Berkshires, a place she fled years ago in the wake of the worst humiliation of her life. But her husband’s new job leaves her no choice. Once she arrives, she loves the house in the new, gated community of Kingsley Woods, but from the first day, she feels a strange unease. Pontoosuc Lake and The Grove are familiar from her childhood, but they’re different now—threatening. As is the wolf Jaycee sees through the brush that seems to carry with it something ominous.

The evil presence grows stronger as one strange event after another plagues the quiet community. Everyone can see the wolf, but no one’s sure if he’s real. Who is he, and what does he want? And why does one woman in Kingsley Woods appear to hold the key to the past...for everyone?
My Thoughts: Oh, this was a fun one! And by 'fun' I mean that it had a nicely ominous creep factor and an ending that made my eyes go wide. I love it when that happens.

This was one of those books where I didn't know who to trust. Were they all victims? Was one of their group part of the plot to punish or hurt the others? What was the mysterious connection between all the Kingsley Woods inhabitants and how did it tie into the mysterious happenings?

Honestly, there were times when I suspected everybody -- just as Jaycee did. The threads that tied them all together where fragile, but once they were unearthed things began to snowball and get more and more tense. The wolf in the woods was downright creepy. The *things* that kept happening were frightening. Frankly, it was a blast to read.

Dark, sometimes bloody, and nicely mysterious, I liked how everything played out. Here's to strange connections and stranger happenings in an otherwise idyllic setting.

Joan Conning Afman
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Kingsley Woods was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

  1. Is it wrong if I'm disappointed there's no werewolf in this story?

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    1. It's never wrong to be disappointed by a lack of werewolves. As one of the founding members of the #NakedWerewolf Society, I ALWAYS think there should be werewolves. ALWAYS.

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