This book consisted of four short stories. The first story was “Papa”. Randall Parker is worried about his wife, Amy. She has been depressed ever since his ex wife and two children were killed in a car accident. She feels that it is her fault because he had left his wife for her. Now she sees his children in nightmares begging for their father to save them. Unable to reach his wife through her depression, he takes her away to a hidden cabin in the woods of Wisconsin called Woodcutters Grim. Neither one imagines that her nightmares become reality and they have to rely on each other to survive. (4 tombstones)
The second story “Blood of Amethyst” starts where “Papa” left off. Amethyst Phillips has been taking care of her father since her mother died when she was young. He makes her feel guilty into staying with him even though she loves Gabriel Reece the local sheriff. The woods near her home are believed to be the home of something very evil. When her father does not return from gathering firewood, she gets worried and calls in Gabe. This is only the beginning of bizarre events taking place in the woods. (4 tombstones)
The third story “Dancing to the Grave” begins three years later. Diane Anders –Jones is a music teacher at the local school. Her husband Kurt is on the police department. Ever since Diane found him together with his ex girlfriend, Glynnis, she does not trust him and feels that he no longer wants her. Kurt is trying to make her see that he is still in love with his her so when something evil comes for her, he is willing to do anything for her. (3 tombstones)
The fourth and final story “The Amethyst Tower” starts over thirty years later. Prince has three days left to destroy the evil that lives in the woods. After those three days he will die and be reborn to try again. Rapunzel has been hidden in a high tower by an evil warlock lord. Soon he will make her his bride and the evil in the woods will become permanent. Her only hope is Prince but he has failed before, will he again? (3 tombstones)
All in all I enjoyed this book. I think that if I had read these stories separately it would have been better. The information and background was told over and over again in each story. It began to be repetitive after the second story making it hard to enjoy. Following the characters through the four stories was nice and seemed like a large epilogue. It is always nice to see what happens after the story ends.
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* Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 9781603132565
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