ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Hemlock Island by Kelley Armstrong

Publication Date: September 12, 2023
Format: audio 
Genre:  Horror Fiction
Narrator: Angela Dawe

Publisher: Dreamscape Media
 9 hours 6 minutes
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Laney Kilpatrick has been renting her vacation home to strangers. The invasion of privacy gives her panic attacks, but it’s the only way she can keep her beloved Hemlock Island, the only thing she owns after a pandemic-fueled divorce. But broken belongings and campfires that nearly burn down the house have escalated to bloody bones, hex circles, and now, terrified renters who've fled after finding blood and nail marks all over the guest room closet, as though someone tried to claw their way out...and failed.

When Laney shows up to investigate with her teenaged niece in tow, she discovers that her ex, Kit, has also been informed and is there with Jayla, his sister and her former best friend. Then Sadie, another old high school friend, charters over with her brother, who’s now a cop.

There are tensions and secrets, whispers in the woods, and before long, the discovery of a hand poking up from the earth. Then the body that goes with it... But by that time, someone has taken off with their one and only means off the island, and they’re trapped with someone—or something—that doesn’t want them leaving the island alive.


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This is a stand alone story. Laney owns a beautiful home on the isolated hemlock island. To pay for the upkeep she has had to rent it out during the summer after her divorce. Summoned to the island to investigate strange happenings, her and her sisters daughter are met by her ex husband, his sister an old friend and her brother who is a cop. Soon the boats are missing and people start to disappear then bodies start piling up as they try to figure out who would be trying to frighten them off the island. 

I don't want to give too much away but this is a creepy and great read for the beginning of the spooky season. People with catastrophic injuries running on adrenaline are running around the island but are they friend or foe, dead or alive? The narration was fantastic and I felt like I was on the island with them watching things play out. Secrets are revealed and promises made. Will they get off the island or not? 

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