ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Woods are Waiting by Katherine Greene

Publication Date: July 11, 2023
Format: Audio
Genre:  Mystery Thriller
Narrators: Angie Hickman

Publisher: Dreamscape Audio
 9 hours 59 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Cheyenne Ashby knows the dark and disturbing history of her hometown of Blue Cliff, Virginia all too well. It’s why she left. Growing up deep within the woods with her eccentric mother, Constance, she was raised on the unusual customs and generational superstitions linked to the local legend of an evil entity that haunts the forest.

Five years ago, the bodies of three children were found in the woods. It was a man—not a mythical beast—named Jasper Clinton who was convicted of these heinous crimes. For five years the town breathed just a bit easier with a real-life monster behind bars. But when another child goes missing, Cheyenne and Natalie are determined to discover the truth and uncover the town’s dangerous secrets rooted in its terrifying past.

The two women must confront the reality of the superstitions they always believed in and their town’s complicated connection with who—or what—lives in the woods.


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Atmospheric and dark. Cheyenne escaped her hometown and her mother and her superstitions and rituals  only to be sucked back in by a call from her "uncle" the town sheriff saying her mother was getting worse and needed her.  As Cheyenne reconnects with past friends and lovers she also discovers more about her family and her town.  The whole town doesn't like strangers and uses them as scapegoats for missing children who are later found dead.  Just as the man convicted of killing 3 boys when Cheyenne is young gets out of prison on new evidence another boy is taken and the whole town is out for the blood of the man who they still believe is guilty despite the evidence. 

I loved the small town mob mentality, it really gave this book the creep factor reminding me of the Lottery.  The folklore around the Hickory Man, the ways to protect yourself and Cheyenne's mothers rituals of salting the doors and burying things around the perimeter of her property were classic. I really enjoyed this book and the surprising twist was spot on and the very end gave you back that little bit of chills. The narration was excellent although the voice of Cheyenne's mother was a bit shrill in places. Overall a solid isolated small town mystery. 

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