Jonathan Edward Durham – Winterset Hollow

Title: Winterset Hollow
Author: Jonathan Edward Durham
Year: 2021
Goodreads page: Link

Everyone has wanted their favorite book to be real, if only for a moment. Everyone has wished to meet their favorite characters, if only for a day. But be careful in that wish, for even a history laid in ink can be repaid in flesh and blood, and reality is far deadlier than fiction . . . especially on Addington Isle. Winterset Hollow follows a group of friends to the place that inspired their favorite book-a timeless tale about a tribe of animals preparing for their yearly end-of-summer festival. But after a series of shocking discoveries, they find that much of what the world believes to be fiction is actually fact, and that the truth behind their beloved story is darker and more dangerous than they ever imagined. It’s Barley Day . . . and you’re invited to the hunt.
(from Goodreads)

This book is like a sunset: as the slow arrival of the night, it will get darker and darker.

A book that will mix a lot of elements from various genres without having them clash together. A contemporary story that will then add elements of death games, thriller and dark fantasy book!
For these it will also remind you of various other media; for example to me it really reminded me of Animal Farm by George Orwell, not for the satire but for how animals start behaving like humans.

The story starts completely normal but then the author starts adding little hints that something is not right, creeping in the reader the need to continue reading to discover what is really happening.

Really well written with a pace and description that will totally immerse the reader in the story, making him feel all the suspenseful moments directly on his skin.

An event of the finale almost did turn up my nose as I was feeling that it would be a shame if it ended like that… but luckily the author twists the thing with a really cool turn of events, leading to a spectacular and worthy ending for this amazing book!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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