Those Who Came Before

Flame Tree. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9781787582996. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781787582972. $14.95. HORROR
When Reese and his friends break into a closed campground for the night, they believe their trespassing to be harmless, until Reese awakens in the morning to his friends’ lifeless bodies. On the scene is Det. Maria Greyeyes, who quickly realizes there’s more to Strong Lake than this one act of violence. As people visiting the site become increasingly ill and ultimately die, Greyeyes wonders if there’s some truth to the old tales about the land being cursed. Moncrieff (The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts) crafts a chilling story that crosses genre lines between police procedural and fantasy horror. Told through the perspectives of a survivor and the lead detective, this novel will keep readers guessing.
VERDICT Moncrieff’s skilled storytelling, while incorporating plenty of gore and violence at times, will draw in horror and mystery readers. Hand to fans of Dean Koontz and Charlaine Harris.

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