Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland ~ Book Review

Book Synopsis:

A predator stalks the frozen woods. At a fort deep in the Ontario wilderness in 1878, a ghastly predator is attacking colonists and spreading a gruesome plague—his victims turn into ravenous cannibals with an unending hunger for human flesh. Inspector Tom Hatcher has faced a madman before, when he tracked down Montreal’s infamous Cannery Cannibal. But can even he stop the slaughter this time?

In Montreal, exorcist Father Xavier visits an asylum where the Cannery Cannibal is imprisoned. But the killer who murdered thirteen women is more than just a madman who craves human meat. He is possessed by a shape-shifting demon. Inspector Hatcher and Father Xavier must unravel a mystery that has spanned centuries and confront a predator that has turned the frozen woods into a killing ground where evil has come to feed.

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About the Author:

Based in Dallas, Texas, Brian Moreland is the author of supernatural horror novels and short stories. Check out his DEAD OF WINTER, SHADOWS IN THE MIST, THE GIRL FROM THE BLOOD COVEN and THE WITCHING HOUSE, THE DEVIL'S WOODS and THE VAGRANTS.

“Dead of Winter by Brian Moreland is an exceptionally well crafted horror novel that tells a gripping story of dark religious doings, a horrific serial killer, and a sympathetic Inspector, in a dark and fascinating historical setting of 19th century Canada. The atmospherics are outstanding and the story offers plenty of surprises right up to its shocking and violent conclusion. Highly recommended.”

-- Douglas Preston, co-author of The Monster of Florence and Cold Vengeance.

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Normally I don't read a lot of historical novels but this one sounded really good and it lived up to what I thought it would be. Based in Ontario Canada back in the early 19th century this story tells a tale of the natives during the fur trade with the Hudson Bay Company. It was a very twisted tale of the demon taking over a guy by turning him into a cannibal. The twists and turns will have you wondering what will happen next and at times make your stomach turn with disgust. There were tons of characters in this novel and I found the author did a great job on the character development and making each character stand out enough that you could remember each. It is an exorcism type of story with a spirit that the natives fear each winter from the forest. The story moves along a steady pace with lots of twists and turns to keep you hooked on it. I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more by Brian Moreland.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars! 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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