Two families, divided quite literally by a river and more figuratively by lifestyle and philosophy, share a mysterious past that gives Dark in the Woods an eerie, unsettled feel — keeping the reader engaged as secrets unravel and the fate of Cassie and Davy unfold. It’s Hemlock Grove meets the Hatfields and the McCoys. Fascinating, fresh shifter lore combines with well-developed characters to really bring this story to life.

Against her better judgment Cassie moves to Andrews Meadows, a small backwoods community in rural Virginia, with her husband, Alan, in a last-ditch effort to save their marriage. Alan’s family seems strange and most of them don’t like her one bit, especially her mother-in-law. Cassie’s wildest imagination couldn’t conjure up the reasons behind the animosity, and the truth turns her world upside down! She never would have guessed that her life (and future) would depend on shifters and pixies, that she would so easily accept the existence of both, or that she would be so drawn to their world. (SAMHAIN, Sep., 272 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Anna Dougherty