In the House in the Dark of the Woods

In the House in the Dark of the Woods

"Once upon a time there was and there wasn't a woman who went to the woods." In this horror story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she's been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then "Once upon a time there was and there wasn't a woman who went to the woods." In this horror story set in colonial ...

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Title:In the House in the Dark of the Woods
Author:Laird Hunt
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:In the House in the Dark of the Woods
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:218 pages pages

In the House in the Dark of the Woods Reviews

  • John
    Oct 30, 2018
    Inspired take on the traditional witches in the woods story. There is a lot going on in this fairly shot novel about a Goodwife (goody) who finds herself on the other side of reality. The first half of the novel is full of unexplained happenings and frustrating wandering, but Hunt mana...
  • Corey
    Nov 20, 2018
    A marvelous (as in full of marvels) dark fairy tale, a new grim Grimm. ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Oct 23, 2018
    Update: I want to clarify that this book is definitely objectively better than 1 Star. But I still hold that my experience of reading it was so disappointing that I?m sticking to this low rating. *** I have no idea what I just read. Obscure fiction works for me sometimes, but ...
  • Jamie
    Jun 24, 2018
    3.5 I enjoyed this dark, twisty tale and it's very fairy like qualities. It reminds me of Jeanette Winterson's The Daylight Gate. Interesting twists and turns throughout, over all I think I'd have enjoyed it more had it been told in less of a fable-like way. Very good and of high quali...
  • Dan Radovich
    Nov 09, 2018
    Go buy this book, then wait until you have time to sit in a comfy chair for a read in one sitting trip into darkness. Hunt delivers a short tale of horror that will make fans of the genre giddy. His style takes a bit to get into, but what a treat you have here. Atmosphere! Characters! ...
  • Bill Hsu
    Nov 10, 2018
    One of my favorites of 2018 so far. The leisurely fairy-tale narrative keeps slipping. Questions are posed and shrugged off. Like in this delicious exchange: "Once upon a time there was and there wasn't a woman who went to the woods... Now why did she go?" "Why did she go?" "Why did...
  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 15, 2018
    Will. Leave this unrated as I will not finish after 50%. Have no idea what is going on and find I don't care enough to continue. For a while I was intrigued by the strangeness, but then it just became tiresome. ...
  • Caleb Masters
    Jul 03, 2018
    A wonderfully spooky, dreamlike treasure of a book. Positively dripping with atmosphere, Hunt's novel tells the seemingly simply story of a women getting lost in the woods in colonial New England. But the novel quickly becomes anything but ordinary, filled with fantastical images, beau...
  • Janday
    Mar 24, 2018
    I'm developing a bit of a habit of reading books about witches and primeval woodland magic. In the vein of traditional, heavily symbolic folk tales about the sonorant evil that lives in the deep forest, this story is about the unstoppable transformations that happen to women when they ...
  • Stephanie Ward
    Nov 11, 2018
    Review to come. ...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Oct 26, 2018
    Reading a Laird Hunt novel is always an immersive experience. His writing is something that latches on and doesn't let go easily, so if you're sitting down with one of his books, you might just consider your afternoon and evening booked. Though I think there is definitely a clear na...
  • Sarah
    Oct 21, 2018
    This is a horror story that begins with a walk in the woods, set during colonial American times. It is a dark story populated with women with untoward motivations toward our main character, who is referred to as Goody. The plot is interesting, but suffers from the convoluted sentence s...
  • Rory O'Connor
    Oct 15, 2018
    In this dark fairy tale set in colonial New England, an unnamed puritan woman sets out in the forest to pick some berries for her husband and little boy. She does not return. Perhaps she?s lost. Or perhaps she?s fleeing her tyrannical husband and eerily quiet son. Lost, alone, and ...
  • Jillian
    Nov 22, 2018
    Would have done 4.5 stars, but we can't do 1/2 stars here on GR. I think I found this in a list of recommended Halloween reads from Audible. I had no expectations whatsoever. Devil, devil, devil Angel, angel, angel Of Hope's sweet sting In dark night sing This book is alm...
  • KC
    Oct 31, 2018
    A truly atmospheric tale of a young Puritan woman who finds herself lost in the woods, desperately trying to get home to her son and husband. While stumbling within the dark forest she soon encounters two strange and possibly menacing women and although little happens within the pages ...
  • Carol
    Oct 23, 2018
    Strange read....confusing narrative....difficult to find a focal point or become interested in a character or direction of plot. Almost called it quits a couple of times. Gave it my all though re-reading pages and chapters bc of enticing book summary depicting witchcraft in colonial Ne...
  • Chaitra
    Oct 22, 2018
    It was slight, and as such it was not a bad reading experience. It took me a while to cotton on to where it was going. But even when I did, I didn't fully get the point. It's eerie and atmospheric, but ultimately too vague to be satisfying. ...
  • Jordan
    Oct 09, 2018
    This was really odd, but I think I liked it. It's very literary and symbolic and seems to be written in the vein of a traditional folk tale style. It's dark, a bit eerie, and leaves a lot of things ambiguous in a good way. Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature! This was...
  • Bri (brinocheeze)
    Oct 14, 2018
    Thank you Little Brown Company for a copy of this book in an exchange for a honest review. Laird Hunt ?s In the House in the Dark of the Woods is a psychological horror rollercoaster. The cover art for this book was one of my favorite parts of the book, intriguing and inviti...
  • Sarah
    Nov 04, 2018
    2.5 stars. This book is written in surreal, dream-like, lyrical prose. If you like that, and if you like fairy tales, you will probably love this book. But for me, that kind of narrative is like seeing a story unfold behind frosted glass. It's just not my thing, and I prefer a more con...
  • Alisa H. (worldswithinpages)
    Aug 20, 2018
    Felt a bit disorganized and rambling which made it hard to follow. The idea behind the story was promising, but the execution was a bit lackluster. Thank you to Little Brown for the free copy and a chance to review! ...
  • Molly Riportella
    Oct 15, 2018
    A mother?s errand turns dark and mystical in Hunt?s newest take on witches in Colonial New England. A bright-eyed Goody walks into the woods to gather berries for her husband and young son when the air turns dark. Soon our nameless protagonist is lost, and encounters a magnetic Cap...
  • Jessica (jessreadsalatte)
    Sep 27, 2018
    *I was sent an Advance Readers Copy by Hatchette Book Group in exchange for an honest review* 4 Stars I actually quite enjoyed this one. I?m seeing a lot of reviews saying the writing wasn?t really their type, but for me, I enjoyed the writing a lot. It felt poet almost, ...
  • Annalisa Deal
    Nov 26, 2018
    This book was an interesting read for me because the beginning was very hard to get into and then the middle/end got interesting and the very end of the book seemed like the start of a story I really would have liked to read a lot, but it was over then. I wonder if there will be a part...
  • Maleficent (Chelsea) Lord
    Nov 29, 2018
    I had trouble following this book, even though I know that is kind of the point. It reminded me a lot of ?Pan?s Labyrinth? though, so that kept me going (next movie, Del Toro, come on!). A great deal of the descriptions were truly enchanting and horrifying but then there were man...
  • Hanna
    May 28, 2018
    Oh the beautiful cover, the ever-present feeling of dread, and magic derived from nature. This book was an adventure into the world of the women in the Dark of the woods. How did they get here? Why are they here? Or better yet, what have they done to get here? A story of redemption, or...
  • Rebecca
    Nov 05, 2018
    What a strange little book! Its a self-described horror book but it honestly felt more like a fairy tale - in the eerie, bizarre way that the original tales are. There are some horror-y moments but the witches in the woods and the story itself has a spooky Hansel and Gretel feel. I rea...
  • Adrienne
    Aug 30, 2018
    Creepy, dark, twisty, enchanting, surreal, dreamlike(maybe more of a nightmare that you never want to leave),haunting, and a wild rush the whole way through. The only book to ever give me the creeps. (But in a good way.) I HIGHLY recommend! ETA: unnerving (the entire time!) ...
  • Raven Ross
    Oct 23, 2018
    This darkly entrancing novel was perfect for the Halloween season! The women are powerful and violent, but not lacking complexity in the least. The scenes are sooo creepy and enjoyable as fuuuuck. Go read it, because this literary journey leaves no regrets (well, for the readers at lea...
  • Jee Hooked On Bookz
    Oct 12, 2018
    Riveting! Devoured this in 2 days. You?d first meet a woman nicknamed ?Goody? who would then meet Captain Jane, Eliza and Granny Someone, all of whom were witches, although one of them will claim she was not, and that she was in the woods to save lost souls, another fed on child...