Scared E Cats Books | April 2019 | 214 pgs
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This is the first book of J.P. Choquette's "Monsters in the Green Mountains" series. Set in Vermont's wilderness -- a place called Shiny Creek Trail, it is a perfect hiking trail for many hikers and hunters alike but there was an unfortunate incident happened in 1897. An 18-year-old boy was reported missing during his hike with a group of friends and till the present day in 1917, his body is still not found, leaving behind many questions unanswered as well as fuelling the interest of many hikers who want to unveil the mystery behind Shiny Creek Trail. 

In September 1917, a group of four friends decided to hike at the place looking for answers. Paul Rogers and Allan Warning are photojournalists and they thought this trip might give them something to feature about and help a bit with their career. Allan's wife, Deidre, is excited about the trip but Jane, who is Paul's wife, is skeptical but eventually decided to give it a go. The hike is supposed to be an adventure but it ended up leaving one person dead and two others missing. Paul ends up in Vermont State Hospital for the Insane, for he claimed there is some monster -- a man beast, roaming in the woods. Is Paul really delusional? Or did they encounter something horrifying in the woods? And this begins his plan in escaping from the hospital right to the end of searching for Jane and his friends in Shiny Creek Trail. 

Told in multiple narrations (mainly on Paul and Jane) and alternating between the beginning of the hike and two months later after the incident, the story mainly delve into the territory of the unknown as well as the complexity of friendship among these four friends and their state of minds when confronting unexpected circumstances. It is a survival story with a vague hint of supernatural element, although I think it revolves more on the legendary monster reminiscent of the Bigfoot. Overall it was a fast-paced read and if you like intrigue with a little mystery, then this is the book for you.

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12 Responses
  1. Kay Says:

    I've read and liked other books by this author, but just haven't gotten to this one yet. Glad to hear your experience with it, Melody!

  2. jenclair Says:

    A new author for me, and I like the setting and it sounds like a good book for R.I.P. participants. :)

  3. Lark Says:

    What a great setting. And you know I love that touch of supernatural. Adding this one to my TBR list! :D

  4. Mystica Says:

    I like the alternating and multiple narrations before the end when it all comes together. Thanks for this review.

  5. Melody Says:

    Kay - This is my first J.P. Choquette book and I'm glad I enjoyed it. :)

  6. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - Yes, I think it's a good fit for R.I.P. Challenge. :)

  7. Melody Says:

    Lark - I know this book will pique your interest, Lark. :)

  8. Melody Says:

    Mystica - The alternating and the multiple narrations all add to the intrigue of this story. :)

  9. I really like that cover. This is a new to me author and book, but I am intrigued. I am curious to know what happened and what Paul will find when he remembers.

  10. Melody Says:

    Wendy - It's always exciting to find a new-to-me author, isn't it? More books to read! :)

  11. Iliana Says:

    This sounds all sorts of creepy! I haven't heard of this one but think it would be a perfect read for R.I.P!

  12. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Yes, it's definitely a perfect read for R.I.P.

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