A Wistful Tale of Gods, Men, and Monsters by David Ruggerio- ARC Review

Can a village be inherently evil? Welcome to Brunswick NY, Population 4,941.

On the surface, this sleepy hamlet comes alive in the autumn with picturesque apple orchards, haunted corn mazes, laden pumpkin patches and holiday hay rides. During a snowy Halloween, a young William Willowsby must battle evil forces that have been shielded by the locals for generations. On the outskirts of the town is the abandoned Forest Park Cemetery. All things wicked seem to revolve around the old graveyard. A rarely seen homunculus serves an evil task master. Together they weave a wicked web that attempts to snare the youth of the hamlet. A creepy graveyard, a spooky schoolhouse, an abandoned mortuary and a member of his own family will leave you simply sleepless. (taken from Amazon)

                        Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This will be available on October 31st.

Oh, dear. This book is not for me. At all. In theory, it’s a creepy read that’s perfect for October. At least, that’s what I expected. It is most definitely not what I got.

First of all, the sentences are long and convoluted, and this is coming from someone who writes long sentences. Commas are sprinkled in like candy on top of cupcakes (mmm…cupcakes) and I’d often forget the point of the sentence before it ended.

Because the writing was on the dry side, the book failed to elicit the creep factor it seemed to be going for. The book could have been scary-instead it was uninteresting. There was, however, one part that stuck with me, and not in a good way.

This author decided to liken childbirth to a gang rape. Nope. Uh-uh, way too disturbing for me. Not only did it completely disgust me, it was an unnecessary comparison to a throw-away sentence.

In case it isn’t apparent, I truly disliked this book. I gave up on it about sixty-five percent in. This is not an author I’ll read again. However, to each their own. Mine is just one opinion in many.

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