Published by Summer Solstice on May 12th 2015
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Cora Nash is renovating her quirky Grandmother’s home for the summer. She is an aspiring photographer and animal lover. Her grandmother has arranged for a young man to help her with the work and Cora hopes to spend a quiet summer taking photos, painting and relaxing. She quickly meets interesting people as she runs errands for her grandmother. From the store clerk, to the hunter in the woods, she seems to have interesting interactions with people. One interesting person she meets is an activist known around town for being strange. He has chained himself to a tree in protest.
Soon Cora begins to hear strange noises at night and finds her grandmother’s garbage can “bitten” and the contents strewn about. Initially she believes it is a bear or other large animal that has been disturbed by the men in the forest cutting down trees. Then, the man chained to the tree disappears. What happened to him? Did he finally get bored? Did he go home? Did something horrible happen to him? Is there something sinister going on in this town? Are there rabid animals running around the woods?
Then Cora is chased by something big in the woods one night? Just what is it? What type of animal could it be? She thinks it’s a werewolf!?! Is it?
She begins a quest to learn more about werewolves…but has she bitten off more than she can chew?
This is the first book from Samantha Cross. She shows a lot of promise and I believe as she continues to write she will become more and more polished. This book was a fun fast read that didn’t disappoint. I was a little put off by the quirky grandmother. I found her absentmindedness to be annoying. Most of the characters are a bit strange. I don’t know if this was on purpose or not. I think over time the Author will produce more well developed characters. Otherwise this book did not feel rushed. It was neither too long nor too short. The pacing was nice and the ending did not disappoint. This book has hints of romance and suspense.
This was a good paranormal debut novel. It’s a fast read and is never dull. I enjoyed how the story unfolded as Cora began to do her remodeling and her research. I see that the Author has a sequel to this book. I will definitely check that book out as there is definitely more to this story.
Received from the Author in exchange for an honest review.