Four young professionals pick the wrong weekend to visit a popular Pumpkin Patch Bed and Breakfast. It’s the last day of the season, and the weather and the farm are picture-perfect. Ma and Pa Winter are the consummate hosts, and they immediately win over Dillon, Tara, Josh and Julia with their homespun authenticity. Like the thousands of other visitors to Winters Farm and Orchard, the four are eager to pick apples and pumpkins and take the challenge of the Giant Corn Maze. But Ma Winter has other plans. A scary moonlight hayride spirals into a frantic twenty-four hours of deception and mayhem, and the group find themselves unwilling participants in a horrific family tradition.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
This story is exactly what it says in the blurb.
Suspense and Halloween type horror fiction, with graphically described violence. However, because it is expected, and is the stuff of urban myth, campfire stories and the horror movies that were so popular in the 1970s and 1980s, it is not as disturbing as it should be.
The characters are fairly superficial, but you know enough to empathise and to want them to get out of there intact. The antagonists are truly evil, but because everything they do is in plain sight, you don’t quite believe it is happening. Unfortunately for the five friends, it is, and it doesn’t end well.
Rather like campfire stories, this is an absorbing tale, macabre and horrific, you keep turning the pages because you want to know what next. Can the friends can outwit the foe? Or is the end as inevitable as it seems?
It is a quick read, and perfect for this time of the year.
Following an exciting life-long career in advertising, Alan Gibson co-founded a video chat technology startup that now often competes for time with his novel writing.
For many years hikers from the Appalachian Trail worked odd jobs at an apple orchard he and his partner owned in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and that farm continues to be a source of inspiration.
Gibson also is an Executive Producer of The Book of Leah, a feature-length film to be released in the fall of 2018,
He is also the Producer of “The Seeding,” a feature film based on his book, The Dead of Winter, currently in development and to be released in 2019.