The Toll

The Toll

From Cherie Priest, the author of The Family Plot and Maplecroft, comes The Toll, a tense, dark, and scary treat for modern fans of the traditionally strange and macabre. State Road 177 runs along the Suwannee River, between Fargo, Georgia, and the Okefenokee Swamp. Drive that route from east to west, and you?ll cross six bridges. Take it from west to east, and you might fi From Cherie Priest, the author of The Family Plot and Maplecroft, comes The Toll, a tense, dark, and scary treat fo...

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Title:The Toll
Author:Cherie Priest
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:076537823X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Toll Reviews

  • OutlawPoet
    Jun 24, 2019
    Despite the monstrous something that kills? Despite the weird townspeople who hold fast to secrets? Despite the dark bridge where terrible things happen? I actually found I wanted to live in The Toll?s world. In The Toll, author Cherie Priest brings us a world of ma...
  • Eve (Between The Bookends)
    May 14, 2019
    This one was OK. It took me a while to get through it because I kept putting it down. ? The writing itself was good. ? The characters interesting. ? The plot was OK, but I wanted more. It was repetitive and felt a little underdeveloped. ? So yea, not horrible but also no...
  • E.
    Jul 11, 2019
    Unputdownable. I love kickass old women in books--Daisy and Claire are to be treasured. ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Jun 18, 2019
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction! ...
  • Matthew Galloway
    Mar 13, 2019
    This is one hundred percent my kind of horror. Things are mysterious and unknowable (but not in an annoying way). There's a ton of suspense and creeping dread. Gory grossness is only used when necessary. Plus the whole thing is incredibly character centered. Now I realize I didn't g...
  • C. S.
    Jul 15, 2019
    I initially found Priest because of her Clockwork Century series, and I've read pretty much everything else by her since that I could get ahold of and I've never had cause to regret it, least of all with this latest book. The Toll is an amazing story, it practically filled out the c...
  • Jeri
    May 18, 2019
    Imagine going on your honeymoon to the swamps of Florida and your wife disappears. Not only does she disappear without a trace but this isn't the first time it's happened. This book was dark and creepy, gory in parts but not unnecessarily so. It had a horror-suspense factor to it but i...
  • Rachel Emily
    Aug 04, 2019
    My first book from this author, and overall I enjoyed it - although I thought that there were several things that could have and should have been expanded on, explained a bit better, and that the overall narrative kept jumping around. I thought the writing itself was great, I enjoy...
  • carol.
    Jul 20, 2019
    Loosely billed as 'horror,' I don't think that The Toll earns the genre. With a Southern Gothic atmosphere, it has a dual plot line that only intersects near the end. One story begins with a bored seventeen-year-old boy, Cameron, his elderly witchy godmothers and the restless feeling o...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Jul 31, 2019
    3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/08/06/... The Toll by Cherie Priest is a disturbingly dark tale of the supernatural, tinged with gothic horror and eldritch elements. The story takes us to a tiny backwater town on the edge of the Okenfenokee Swamp in ...
  • Bandit
    Jun 28, 2019
    If I must read southern, it ought to be gothic. Such as this story. And frankly, the immediate premise makes you think Scandinavian, Norwegian specifically, and trolls demanding tolls for the safe pass and so on. But this one is set in the swaps of Georgia and the demanding troll is ve...
  • Fiona
    Jul 23, 2019
    You know I put my faith in a shotgun, any day of the week and twice on Sunday - but every girl with an ounce of granny magic knows it's true: Things from other worlds don't like iron. If you're on your way to Staywater, count the bridges and pray there's only six. Because sometimes ...
  • Joseph
    May 18, 2019
    To be honest, a cabin holiday in a Florida swamp sounds like a terrible idea for a honeymoon. On their way to the Okenfenokee Swamp, newly-married couple Titus and Davina Bell are already having pesky arguments, mainly about this weird choice of holiday which Titus insisted upon. If on...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Sep 01, 2019
    My first Cherie Priest novel, but not my last! I?m describing this book to people as Southern Gothic with a deadly modern edge. Priest really has an eye for pitting new and contemporary ideas against old-school stylings and feel, and what comes out is a hell of a good time. The...
  • Shannon
    Jul 24, 2019
    I enjoyed this one a lot. It's not a horror novel that's going to terrify you, I don't think, but it's a good creepy, very atmospheric story. I love the idea of a monster in the Okefenokee Swamp! That's just good fun, and I also love the humor that the older ladies provide throughout t...
  • Aina
    Jul 11, 2019
    First of all, I love the cover. What a creepy, inviting image! The book, however, largely disappointed me. The characters are thin and feel stereotypical. Crazy old lady, lonely young man, pretty waitress, bland sheriff - everyone behaved the exact way I expected them to throughout the...
  • Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
    Aug 14, 2019
    I was really looking forward to this book and it disappointed me hard. I think the best way I can describe this book would be a shittier version of Stephen King's IT. It's like, everything that was good in It is watered down and stupid in this book. Similarities: a monster, from anothe...
  • Sionna
    Jul 28, 2019
    *I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* DNF @ 15% Here's the thing. I think I have to be in the mood for this type of Southern Gothic horror. I prefer reading it in Fall when there is a chill in the air and the wind is gusty an...
  • Carla (Carla's Book Bits)
    Jul 28, 2019
    This was a fun read! The Toll is marketed as horror, but I really think this is more of a southern gothic mystery with fantastical and horror elements. It centers around the small town of Staywater, it features a mysterious bridge, ghostly creatures, and a myth surrounding this my...
  • Alison
    Aug 01, 2019
    If you like Stephen King and supernatural thrillers, you'll love this. I, however, don't like either of those. ...
  • Kimberly
    Aug 17, 2019
    Review pending!! ...
  • Cillian
    May 29, 2019
    Phantom bridges? Swamps? The south? CHERIE PRIEST? I'm deceased. ...
  • Carol
    Jul 22, 2019
    Mysterious creatures, a supernatural bridge, witches, and ghosts. A good, summer horror story! ...
  • Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
    Aug 26, 2019
    I keep reading Cherie Priest's books although I don't particularly enjoy them most of the time; I have trouble letting go of authors, and I was drawn into her work with her Clockwork Century series, which I liked about half of and did not have much better steampunk reading experience a...
  • Luvtoread
    Sep 04, 2019
    I want to thank Macmillan-Tor/Forge Tor Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book for an unbiased review. Dark and Creepy! The story begins with a young couple (Titus & Melanie) on their honeymoon headed to the Okefenokee State Park in the deep south of Florid...
  • Jacinda Literature Babe
    Jul 07, 2019
    Thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan TOR/Forge and Ms Cherie Priest for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "Toll" It's a Southern classic monster story where things go bump in the night. Include with this eccentric characters, and a town with haunted empty stores and...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    Jul 18, 2019
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. There?s nothing like finding yourself in the middle of nowhere with no resources at your disposition to re-establish a certain feeling of security in your environment. It is even more tedious when the answers you need aren?...
  • Ashley (bookishmommy)
    Aug 19, 2019
    I'm giving The Toll 3.5 stars rounding up to 4 for Goodreads purposes. The Toll is my first encounter with the writing of Cherie Priest and I am officially a fan! So glad I already have The Family Plot on my shelves so I can continue reading more of her work. Described as a sou...
  • Reggie
    Apr 06, 2019
    Cherie Priest writes in her afterward of this book that she felt almost manic in having to meet deadlines with this book, and moving, and having to sell a house. Then she had two different editors. I kind of felt all of that in this book. The premise is okay. There is a bridge that whe...
  • Rebecca Reviews
    Jun 01, 2019
    Cherie Priest?s The Toll is a Southern Gothic horror with an interesting premise but the plot drags and most of the characters are forgettable. I did not enjoy this book and I would not recommend it. Titus and Melanie Bell are on their honeymoon in the Okefenokee Swamp. While dri...