Reviewing the Pages: Grimm Woods


A REMOTE SUMMER CAMP becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.

Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.

Wow folks. This is a really good horror novel! From the prologue, you get drawn right on in, and as the novel drives on, it takes you for a terror-filled ride that drenches you around every corner. The major revelation in the story is in just the right spot to pick up the pace and make your heart race as we follow the characters to the end.

And speaking of the characters, they each have their quirks that add in well to the overall atmosphere of the story. Even if they were only around for a very short period of time; even in death they help add to the overall atmosphere of the story.

As soon as I started reading, the first thing that caught my attention is that this reminded me of “Friday the 13th”. But in the end, it take some of the best parts of slasher films, and throws in a bit of “Saw” and “Se7en” intrigue into the mix. All in all, if you want a horror story that leaves you soaked in blood, with a strong story and well-imagined characters, then this is for you.


Well folks, I write this at 12:30 in the morning, after having finished reading this book.  I was that drawn in to the story that I was incredibly anxious to get this story finished.  I had a desire to know what would happen at the end; if our remaining counselors would come out of the camp unscathed.  Well, they made it out alive at least.  Unscathed would be a different story.  Our survivors come out this scarred and forever changed, and probably not for the better either.

And the twist? That really caught me off guard.  I had speculated early on that it was the groundskeeper that we had barely seen throughout the first 40% or so, but when it was revealed that it wasn’t him, and actually someone much more important in the story really had me going.  I was very impressed on how Mr. Melhoff managed to keep the charade going until the reveal (which I’m not going to explain here, you’ll just have read it yourself).

While the book is drenched in blood, it isn’t an all-out gore-fest though.  There is a lot of story and character development that is woven in beautifully.  Every little reveal, and every found corpse work in a macabre union that worked perfectly.

The only thing that that gets me is the sudden and rapid exit of Brynn.  She was there for a moment, and then, just gone.  Only to be “seen” through e-mails for the rest of the story.  And I get that.  Since Scott is our main character, it is only fitting that we would be following him through the aftermath.  But, I felt that maybe Brynn should have played a little more of a prominent role for the aftermath? But maybe that’s just me wanting a little more sunlight into the very deep gloom of the story.

For those of you who enjoy tales of the macabre, and want every last crevice of their being filled with suspense, then you should totally check out this book.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.


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