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Review: The Clearing by Dan Newman

on October 15, 2013

Just in time for Halloween! Dan Newman’s THE CLEARING is a suspenseful story within a story. In 1976 four boys were playing the swamps and woods of St. Lucia when one of them dies. The others decide to keep the events surrounding his death secret and instead blame it on island superstition: the monster Bolum. Time passes and while lives are irreparably changed by the child’s death, life does go on.

Fast forward forty years to present day, and our hero, Nate, is returning to the island to put old ghosts to rest. However, in doing so, Nate opens up old wounds and upsets the precarious balance of society on the island. Soon he is being followed and attacked by scary men wielding sacrificed animals and vials of blood. Someone is trying to hush up the events of that night and will stop at nothing to keep Nate and anyone who helps him quiet.

I enjoyed reading this novel which read quickly and was rather thrilling. At the end things tied up pretty neatly, and I felt that Newman expounded the final conclusions a bit too much (just in case someone couldn’t figure it out on their own, I guess); however, all in all, I enjoyed this light read and kept going to the end. A little fantastic – yes. A good read for the Halloween season – yes!

I got mine as an ARC from Net Galley (Exhibit A Publishers), but you can see it on Amazon where I am an Associate: (publishing 10/29/13)

 

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3 responses to “Review: The Clearing by Dan Newman

  1. […] “I enjoyed reading this novel which read quickly and was rather thrilling… A little fantastic – yes. A good read for the Halloween season – yes!” – Beth’s Book-Nook Blog […]

  2. […] “The Clearing is a dark and atmospheric psychological thriller, full of intrigue, terror and superstition, which examines our deep fear of the unknown.” – Gumshoe Reviews 5/5 “I recommend to fans of thriller and mystery genres! It certainly has made my Top 10 Best Books of 2013, which I’ll post at the end of December. Read this book, you will not be sorry!” – Elizabeth Stiert I enjoyed this light read and kept going to the end. A little fantastic – yes. – Beth’s Book Nook […]

  3. […] “I enjoyed reading this novel which read quickly and was rather thrilling … A good read for the Halloween season – yes!” – Beth’s Book Nook Blog […]

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