The Eyes of Madness presents “Simple reviews from a simple reader…”
“She came out of nowhere. One minute the road was all snow, the next a woman stood in the middle of Dennis’s lane. He eased down on the brake—didn’t slam it—but a layer of snow covered the back road. The old Camry went into a spin and time dragged, almost to a halt. The headlights splashed light on his surroundings as he rotated.
Pine trees covered in snow.
The woman wore a thin white dress and no shoes. Her feet didn’t touch the ground.”
Rocky Rhodes, Maine.
As a fierce snowstorm descends upon the sleepy little town, a Good Samaritan stops to help a catatonic woman sitting in the middle of the icy road, and is never seen or heard from again. When the police find his car, it is splattered in more blood than the human body can hold.
While the storm rages on, the wave of disappearances continue, the victims sharing only one commonality: they are all male. Now it’s up to three young women to figure out who or what is responsible: a forensic chemist, a waitress struggling with an abusive boyfriend, and a gamer coping with the loss of her lover.
Their search will lead them on a journey filled with unspeakable horrors that are all connected to a mysterious Woman in White.
“Mary Beth monitored the forest. The gray cloud cover of the storm washed everything out with a premature twilight, and the shadows between the trees smudged dark. She glanced down where the keys had fallen. She expected something to reach out, to take hold of his hand, and to pull. Would the arm come off at the shoulder? She imagined white bone, the pink of traumatized, torn muscle, and the crimson blood. How the red splatter would contrast against the fresh white snow.”
Hello Kristin Dearborn,
I’m pleased to make your acquaintance. I wanted to thank you and Dark Fuse for the opportunity to read your latest novella, Woman in White. This is my first read from you and let me say that I dug it quite a bit. From the claustrophobic setting to the colorful characters, the unnerving tone and especially the… well, you know. That was pretty awesome.
I have always wanted to live in a place with the potential of being snowed in, as it seems like it would be a good time, at least maybe once. A welcome excuse to step away from the world, light a fire, pour a stiff drink and drift away. There’s isn’t any possibility for my wife being okay with this, so thank you, Woman in White allowed me to live in this world vicariously, if just for a moment. With the exception of the psychopath, the mass death, and the other influence ruining what could be a peaceful vibe, it feels like everything I hope it to be.
The folks inhabiting this town seem like the epitome of small town living. Where everybody knows your name, and more than likely, your business, throwing their two-cents in all willy nilly, it’s to be expected as people are nosy by nature. These folks are a lively bunch for fictional characters birthed upon the page. I wouldn’t mind hanging out at the diner and shooting the shit with any number of them. I’d love to share a burger with Angela’s pop, take a ride in Jason’s jeep through the snow, hang out with Mary Beth and Dennis, and maybe even grab a drink with Nate (Nate from the earlier part of the book not the later of course, even though he is a piece of work throughout.)
And last but not least, thank you for the creep out. The chill and the dark moments. The Woman in White, how you handle her, what she is, well, that’s an arrow directly into what I hold dear as a reader. It’s the playground I love to prance around in. Let me say that I was quite happy with the turn of events. It was unexpected and very effective.
I can honestly say that I won’t be surprised if I find another piece of Kristin Dearborn fiction making its way on to my kindle, sooner rather than later. Woman in White is a deft read, highly enjoyable and I’m excited to see what other haunts you have to offer.
ZDubbz, The Eyes of Madness.
“Fuck this place so hard.”
Overall score: 4/ 5
Zakk is a big dumb animal!
**Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher/ publicist on the promise of an honest review. These are my unbiased feelings.
If it screams, squelches, or bleeds, Kristin Dearborn has probably written about it. She’s written books such as Sacrifice Island (DarkFuse), Trinity (DarkFuse), and had fiction published in several magazines and anthologies. Stolen Away was recently a limited edition offered from Thunderstorm Books, which sold out. She revels in comments like “But you look so normal…how do you come up with that stuff?” A life-long New Englander, she aspires to the footsteps of the local masters, Messrs. King and Lovecraft. When not writing or rotting her brain with cheesy horror flicks (preferably creature features!), she can be found scaling rock cliffs or zipping around Vermont on a motorcycle, or gallivanting around the globe. Find more on Kristin at http://kristindearborn.com/.
“Horror born straight from a nor’easter, Dearborn’s Woman in White is a great read for a winter night—with a monster I’ll never forget.” —Christopher Irvin, author of Federales and Burn Cards
“Kristin Dearborn’s Woman in White is a rip-roaring monster tale with sharp-eyed characterization and something to say about the power dynamics between men and woman. Thought-provoking and entertaining as hell!” —Tim Waggoner, author of Eat the Night
“Great stuff! Suspenseful, quickly paced, unpredictable and wonderfully evil tale. Kristin Dearborn’s best yet!” —Jeff Strand, author of Pressure
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