Book Title: Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff
Category: Adult Fiction, 384 pages
Publisher: Bellwoods Publishing
**Content Rating: R - The book is rated R for a few sex scenes (not explicit), mild drug use, cursing, and violence. The violence, while graphic and creative at times, is a core part of the story.**
A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm's fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children's fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.
Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.
D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror. For more information, visit www.dmelhoff.com.
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The synopsis grabbed right away and D Melhoof did an incredible job of bringing the Grimm Fairy Tales alive in such an exciting and captivating way in this book. This book sucked me in from the very beginning. This read was right up my alley with the crime, murder, and suspense; minus the gore but I knew that was to be expected so I was forewarned. I would love to see this as a movie brought to life on another level. I don't really read blood and gore so in that sense this was out of my comfort zone. However, because it was not a horror genre type of blood and gore, I could handle it. I loved the idea of taking these fairy tales and telling them to adults with a twist while still staying true to the stories. All in all though, loved it. I look forward to more reading with this author. Melhoff is obviously a talented and gifted writer with a great imagination and ability to put a twist on stories without driving away from the purpose of the story while still keeping the reader entranced.