For my second post of the day I’m pleased to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for gripping thriller Into The Woods by David Mark. Thank you to Aries Fiction for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
About the book:
If you go into the woods, you’re in for a dark surprise.
Thirty years ago, three girls followed a stranger into the woods. Only two returned. The
surviving pair have never been able to remember what happened or what the fate of the third girl was. Local rumours talk of hippies and drugs and mystic rituals, but no one has learned the truth.
This story is just what Rowan Blake needs. He’s in debt, his journalistic career is in tatters
– as well as his damaged body – and he’s retreated to the Lake District to write. Yet even Rowan isn’t prepared for the evil he is about to unearth, for the secrets that have been buried in that wood for far too long…
About the author:
David Mark spent more than fifteen years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post. His writing is heavily influenced by the court cases he covered: the defeatist and jaded police officers; the competent and incompetent investigators; the inertia of the justice system and the sheer raw grief of those touched by savagery and tragedy.
He writes the McAvoy series, historical novels and psychological suspense thrillers. Dark
Winter was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel (where he was Reader in Residence) and was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. He has also written for the stage, for a Radio 4 drama (A Marriage of Inconvenience) and has contributed articles and reviews to several national and international publications. He is a regular performer at literary festivals and also teaches creative writing.
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3pY8HLz
Into The Woods by David Mark is a gripping thriller that will keep you guessing throughout. Rowan Blake is a down on his luck journalist who decides to investigate the mysterious case of three girls who followed a stranger into the woods thirty years ago. Only two of the girls returned, but have no memory of what had happened to them there or what fate had befallen their friend. Rowan Blake intends to find out.
As someone who enjoyed David Mark’s McAvoy series, I was excited to be given the opportunity to read Into The Woods which features brand new protagonist Rowan Blake. And I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed! There are twists, turns and surprises along the way as Rowan fits the pieces of the puzzle together and slowly begins to reveal the truth of what had happened all those years ago. Yet even he isn’t prepared for the evil he is about to unearth as secrets that have been buried for so many years gradually begin to emerge…
Into The Woods isn’t a book that fits into just one genre. Although very much a crime thriller, there is so much more to it than that, with even a touch of the supernatural thrown into the mix that really adds to the atmospheric feel of the story. Rowan Blake is a fabulous but flawed new character who I hope to hear more from in future books, but we also have Violet, a second narrator who is our link to the past. A character hard to empathise with, the Violet from the past is an angry teenager with a tendency to bully others. Can Rowan finally uncover the truth of the horrors of the past?
Into The Woods is a darkly complex tale that once started I could not put down. Beautifully written by David Mark, it is a tense and surprising thriller that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
Into The Woods is available to purchase now.
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