I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dagger Hill by Devon Taylor
Published by Swoon Reads on August 17, 2021
Genres: YA Paranormal, YA Thriller
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Stranger Things meets One of Us Is Lying in this creepy paranormal mystery about four friends who find themselves hunted by a malevolent presence in their sleepy hometown.
It knows your fear…
Summer, 1989. Four best friends—Gabe, Kimberly, Charlie, and Sonya—are preparing for their last summer together before senior year, after which they’ll all be splitting up to start college in different parts of the country. They make a promise to always find their way back to each other, no matter how far away from their sleepy Pennsylvania hometown they get.
But their plans are destroyed when a plane crashes right on top of their favorite hangout outside of town—and right on top of them.
In the catastrophic aftermath of the incident, Gabe, Sonya and Charlie are plagued by eerie visions and messages from an unknown watcher. They soon realize that the plane crash was no accident, and now they are being hunted by a sinister presence. And everyone is still searching for Kimberly, who has been missing ever since Gabe saw somebody wearing a gas mask carry her out of the woods the day the sky fell down on them…
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This was definitely a very creepy and strange storyline. I almost felt at first that it was more science fiction than paranormal. Still kind of feel that way. But in the way that you would think of Stranger Things. I definitely think this is a good book for anyone who enjoys that show. There’s a lot going on, and even some really good backstory, that in a way reminds me of the Fear Street movies that recently came out. While we got a lot of info spread out to us as the characters got it, there was so many more puzzle pieces added into our knowledge at the same time as the characters were getting it. All four of the main characters were well developed and had good story-lines. I kind of wish maybe we’d had a little more of an inkling about Kimberly’s little secret. I think if this was a tv show or movie, I can see how they would have given that to us, but maybe with a book it is harder without necessarily giving it all away up front. A really good thriller of a story, and I would love to see it as a tv show or movie!
About the Author:
Devon Taylor was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. His day job consists of sneaking around the house with ninja-like stealth to avoid waking up his kids. When not writing, reading, or tediously typing out text messages with all the correct spelling and punctuation, he spends his time with his family. THE SOUL KEEPERS is his debut novel.
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Great review, Lisa! This sounds like a fun thrill ride and different from anything I’ve read, too! Glad you liked it!
It was definitely a thrill ride!
Welp, that book cover is creepy af! Reminds me of the Dr Who episodes in the Blitz *shudders*
The book was definitely creepy and the cover fits perfectly. Thanks for stopping by!
I like fantasies and I hate malevolent and/or sinister presences, so this sounds great!
Hmm, you should give this one a try! Thanks for visiting!