In the House in the Dark of the Woods

In the House in the Dark of the Woods

"Once upon a time there was and there wasn't a woman who went to the woods." In this horror story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she's been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then "Once upon a time there was and there wasn't a woman who went to the woods." In this horror story set in colonial ...

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Title:In the House in the Dark of the Woods
Author:Laird Hunt
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Genres:Horror
ISBN:In the House in the Dark of the Woods
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:218 pages pages

In the House in the Dark of the Woods Reviews

  • John
    Oct 30, 2018
    Inspired take on the traditional witches in the woods story. There is a lot going on in this fairly shot novel about a Goodwife (goody) who finds herself on the other side of reality. The first half of the novel is full of unexplained happenings and frustrating wandering, but Hunt mana...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Oct 23, 2018
    Update: I want to clarify that this book is definitely objectively better than 1 Star. But I still hold that my experience of reading it was so disappointing that I?m sticking to this low rating. *** I have no idea what I just read. Obscure fiction works for me sometimes, but ...
  • Becky
    Jun 12, 2019
    Over the last couple of months, I have been allowing my reading choices to be influenced a lot more by others - doing buddy reads and group reads, and reading based on friend recommendations - and it's been a (mostly) positive experience. Some have been duds, but some I've really enjoy...
  • Melissa
    Feb 27, 2019
    The pages should've flown by, but the story progressed like a fairy tale, so it was pleasant to read a bit each night in between other pursuits. What comes to mind is the enchantment of the first time I read the story of Baba Yaga when I was a girl. I'll give it five stars for being ou...
  • Maciek
    Dec 30, 2018
    I told my man I was off to pick berries and that he should watch our son for I would be gone some good while. So away I went with a basket. What drove me to read this book was the blurb from Brian Evenson, an author I admire, who described it as "wonderful, luminous and sly", and ca...
  • Alyson Hagy
    Jan 18, 2019
    Strange and inventive. Perhaps not a tale for all readers since it upsets (and undermines) our expectations about linearity and suspense at almost every turn. But I found myself drawn in by Hunt's fictional world and how it presents itself as both old (Hawthorne, the Romantics, fairly ...
  • Bill Hsu
    Nov 10, 2018
    One of my favorites of 2018 so far. The leisurely fairy-tale narrative keeps slipping. Questions are posed and shrugged off. Like in this delicious exchange: "Once upon a time there was and there wasn't a woman who went to the woods... Now why did she go?" "Why did she go?" "Why did...
  • Louis
    May 29, 2019
    Didn?t dislike, but found myself disappointed; from the description, I expected a lot more from the book. I found myself uninvolved, and impatient to finish the book and move on. ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 15, 2018
    Will. Leave this unrated as I will not finish after 50%. Have no idea what is going on and find I don't care enough to continue. For a while I was intrigued by the strangeness, but then it just became tiresome. ...
  • Caleb Masters
    Jul 03, 2018
    A wonderfully spooky, dreamlike treasure of a book. Positively dripping with atmosphere, Hunt's novel tells the seemingly simply story of a women getting lost in the woods in colonial New England. But the novel quickly becomes anything but ordinary, filled with fantastical images, beau...
  • Janday
    Mar 24, 2018
    I'm developing a bit of a habit of reading books about witches and primeval woodland magic. In the vein of traditional, heavily symbolic folk tales about the sonorant evil that lives in the deep forest, this story is about the unstoppable transformations that happen to women when they ...
  • Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
    Oct 26, 2018
    Reading a Laird Hunt novel is always an immersive experience. His writing is something that latches on and doesn't let go easily, so if you're sitting down with one of his books, you might just consider your afternoon and evening booked. Though I think there is definitely a clear na...
  • Neville Longbottom
    Dec 29, 2018
    This confused me. A lot. I thought it was beautifully written and had such a cool, creepy atmospheric setting? but I don?t know if I fully understand what happened in the story. Or really what the central message was. I guess maybe give it a try if you want some beautiful wr...
  • KC
    Oct 31, 2018
    A truly atmospheric tale of a young Puritan woman who finds herself lost in the woods, desperately trying to get home to her son and husband. While stumbling within the dark forest she soon encounters two strange and possibly menacing women and although little happens within the pages ...
  • Carol
    Oct 23, 2018
    Strange read....confusing narrative....difficult to find a focal point or become interested in a character or direction of plot. Almost called it quits a couple of times. Gave it my all though re-reading pages and chapters bc of enticing book summary depicting witchcraft in colonial Ne...
  • Chaitra
    Oct 22, 2018
    It was slight, and as such it was not a bad reading experience. It took me a while to cotton on to where it was going. But even when I did, I didn't fully get the point. It's eerie and atmospheric, but ultimately too vague to be satisfying. ...
  • Spencer
    Jan 17, 2019
    This book is a hallucinatory fairytale that follows a colonial woman lost in a strange forest in which dwells even stranger inhabitants. The prose is beautifully written and adds wonder to an atmosphere heavy with confusion and tension. This book isn?t for everyone as I imagine some ...
  • Nidofito
    Mar 04, 2019
    Wow, that was actually quite wicked. Even though you don?t start connecting the dots until halfway through the book and onwards, it?s fascinating to read. It?s lyrical and exudes a silent evil in the form of domestic abuse, games where you end up bargaining more than you thoug...
  • Laura
    Dec 03, 2018
    This was a strange, twisted little tale that had a deliciously dark ending. The story was lyrical and strange, very vague until the very end when suddenly you realize that nothing was quite as it seemed and Goody was nowhere near as good or innocent as you think and then come to see ho...
  • Sarah
    Nov 04, 2018
    2.5 stars. This book is written in surreal, dream-like, lyrical prose. If you like that, and if you like fairy tales, you will probably love this book. But for me, that kind of narrative is like seeing a story unfold behind frosted glass. It's just not my thing, and I prefer a more con...
  • Alisa (worldswithinpages)
    Aug 20, 2018
    Felt a bit disorganized and rambling which made it hard to follow. The idea behind the story was promising, but the execution was a bit lackluster. Thank you to Little Brown for the free copy and a chance to review! ...
  • Molly Riportella
    Oct 15, 2018
    A mother?s errand turns dark and mystical in Hunt?s newest take on witches in Colonial New England. A bright-eyed Goody walks into the woods to gather berries for her husband and young son when the air turns dark. Soon our nameless protagonist is lost, and encounters a magnetic Cap...
  • Carrie Carter
    Dec 06, 2018
    DNF. I really wanted to love this book but found it boring and confusing. About 50% of the way through I gave up. ...
  • Hanna
    May 28, 2018
    Oh the beautiful cover, the ever-present feeling of dread, and magic derived from nature. This book was an adventure into the world of the women in the Dark of the woods. How did they get here? Why are they here? Or better yet, what have they done to get here? A story of redemption, or...
  • Wolf Ostheeren
    Jan 24, 2019
    This book is very much like a delirious, feverish dream. It is strange, it is confusing, but it still makes so much sense in it's own way. I love what the author has woven from the old fairy tales, bringing them together in "why have I never thought of that before??" kind of ways. Also...
  • Chris
    Apr 08, 2019
    Absolutely Bizarre. I?m not quite sure what this all was supposed to be. Historical? Puritan/Colonial Witchcraft? Psychological horror? It started off similar in style to Hansel and Gretel going off into the woods fetching berries and so this woman gets lost and the forest gets d...
  • BELLETRIST
    Dec 10, 2018
    We read this one in two sittings. It's quite unlike many things we've read before. It is definitely not for the faint of heart or stomach. It is also somehow remnant of witch tales we grew up with. That's what we really loved about it. It's spooky, but also curious. ...
  • Erin
    Nov 02, 2018
    I hated this book. Incomprehensible gibberish. ...
  • Lark Benobi
    Dec 20, 2018
    Using traditional fairy tale elements, Hunt tells a story that starts with fairy-tale calm and rapidly descends into madness and horror. The novel strongly recalls the work of the great German Romantics, in a way I never would have guessed a modern author could evoke. One of my fav...
  • Jee Hooked On Bookz
    Oct 12, 2018
    Riveting! Devoured this in 2 days. You?d first meet a woman nicknamed ?Goody? who would then meet Captain Jane, Eliza and Granny Someone, all of whom were witches, although one of them will claim she was not, and that she was in the woods to save lost souls, another fed on child...