Northwoods Deep by Indie author Joel Arnold

So I just read Northwoods Deep

And let me say for the record, I’m no reviewer… but I liked this book.

There’s strange happenings going on here from the get-go, and Joel wastes no ink acquainting us with two of the main characters. Unfortunately, one of them has a restraining order against the other, not that the other seems to be bothered by this. So, feeling the need to get away for awhile, Carol and her sister Brenda decide to go on a canoeing trip up a not so famous river, for a few days. Little do they know that Carol’s ex-husband (see… restraining order) is in hot pursuit, wanting to confront his once-wife and “talk” with her, away from civilization.

At this point, I was thinking, “Where’s the dude with the hockey mask…?”

Then *he* shows up. Not a guy with a hockey mask… but you’ll see.

Joel has a way with imagery, and there were more than a few lines that made me shake my head and cringe. Just *cringe*. The story clips along at a steady pace and soon enough, the ladies are on the river, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.  I felt the river sequence was essentially the equivalent of that first hill your roller coaster climbs… you know the one, just before that first drop and the rush of “omigawdwe’redead! that crackles through you.

Except, with the rollercoaster, there are features to keep you safe.

There were some truly intense moments in this piece of work, the likes I haven’t read in a very long time. And the suspense in the last forty pages or so was worthy enough of any Stephen King book. In all sincerity, Joel is a very, very twisted gentleman.

A very good read. I’ll be reading more.

 

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