by Larry Rodness
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: October 31, 2015
Publisher: Deer Hawk Publications
Genre: Paranormal suspense
Print Length: 177 pages
It's October 31, and insurance agent Alexander Malefant is sent to picturesque Elora during its annual Halloween festival. No sooner does Alexander arrive than he witnesses the near-drowning of a boy bobbing for apples. Shortly after that, a group of children are attacked by crows. Later that evening, all the children in the village suddenly disappear. Soon, every person becomes a suspect as residents frantically try to discover what happened to the children. Who or what is behind these disappearances, and can they get the children back before it's too late?
October 32nd by Larry Rodness
Is the small town of Elora caught in a nightmare, a curse, or the wrath of beings from beyond the veil of death? An outside has come to town, but is he the only one? Insurance salesman, Alex Malefant has a job to do and has arrived just in time for the Halloween Festivities. But something is just off in Elora as a small boy nearly drowns and children are attacked by a murder of crows. But trick or treating must go on, until the fog rolls in and the children disappear. Is this history repeating itself? Is Alex trapped among the townsfolk because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time? The top cop, the witch, the jealousy, the fear and the guilt all play a role in Larry Rodness’ 32nd October. As the mystery of the disappearance of the children mounts, tempers flare, accusations are made and from nowhere, another appears. Does he have the answers the town is looking for? Will these answers bring joy or heartache? Will the mystery of the children missing from long ago finally be uncovered? The witch may not have done it, but she sees far more than the normal human, too bad her reputation and her past make her an unreliable source to everyone but Alex, who has his own painful memories and guilt to shoulder.
No, this isn’t Ground Hog Day revisited. Yes, there are slightly humorous moments, but for the most part this mystery is a journey into the unknown, not a horror, but definitely dark and foreboding as a town is divided on what to do and who to blame.
Larry Rodness has a magnetic style of writing that beckons his readers to follow him into the fog, into a night that will stay with you long after that final pages is finished. Perfect cold weather reading, Halloween or not, imagine the darkness outside, the wind blowing, the crows settling in the trees, just waiting and watching, perhaps as a warning, perhaps as harbingers of doom. Then imagine the depth of despair shared by a town that must learn to “play nice” and be honest with each other and themselves. Completely engaging, well-written and filled with scenes that come to life in your mind as you cannot help but join the search for the missing children.
I received this copy from Larry Rodness in exchange for my honest review.