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Coombe's Wood (English Edition) von [Hinsley, Lisa C.]
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Top ten occult and mythology UK best seller.

Izzy Santana and her 13-year-old son Connor move into a Reading Council-provided flat in the sleepy village of Cedham. Locals darkly warn her to stay away from nearby Coombe’s Wood, hinting first at elves, then at multiple murders… which may or may not have taken place in the woods hundreds of years ago. It’s all ludicrously superstitious, and Izzy is so delighted to have found a haven for her son – after being threatened by her sadistic ex-partner George – that she takes little notice.

She meets a neighbour who seems kindly, if a trifle fey, and who takes a great interest in her son. Connor seems instantly comfortable with him. She begins to feel as if she is also falling under his spell. But Connor is bullied at school, and one night she finds herself tracking those bullies in the wood, where she believes they are waiting for him. She doesn’t find them, but something closes in on her – something that sounds like a savage animal. As she runs she realises she may have been set up – or Connor was – to be caught by whatever the animal was. She strengthens the barricades in her flat, no longer puts all the local tales about ‘danger in them woods’ down to superstition, and even begins to wonder about the way she was selected by the Reading Council officer to live in the village in the first place.

Then a slit rabbit turns up on her doorstep, along with a distinctive cigarette butt, and she knows George has found her. Desperately compassionate, her neighbour calls the police, who turn up next day, harumph the ceiling, and take the attitude: You’ve not been attacked, then, Miss? You haven’t actually seen him? Why, if your ex-lover has tracked you down, do you suppose he would he dump a rabbit at your door…? Her own question, more urgent, is: if George can get in the front door of the building, can he get into her flat?

What Izzy needs to do is protect Connor. She has already started to uncover the ancient secrets of the village, and now she works out the perfect way to get rid of George… for good.

Publishers Weekly review 2009
In this suspenseful story, strange characters and unnerving legends punctuate one woman’s desperate attempt to flee from her abusive ex-boyfriend by escaping to the English countryside. With little more than an old Toyota and a pair of suitcases, Izzy and her son Connor head to the tiny village of Cedham, where Connor’s father disappeared years before. Izzy, fearful and mistrustful, soon meets the gently protective neighbors and hears stories of elves, ghosts and the monster stalking the nearby woods. Though warned against visiting the woods, Izzy gives into the pull she feels toward the dark woods with a long terrifying history. Deeply-held Cedham traditions add depth to a familiar set-up and offer the additional mystery of whether these stories could be true—or are they the delusions of a paranoid woman on the run? Nicely done.


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22 von 22 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen An ancient secret in Coombe's Wood 12. April 2010
Von L.C. Evans - Veröffentlicht auf
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The book starts innocently enough. Fleeing an abusive relationship, Izzy seeks to move from a shelter to a home with her son Connor. But eerie elements are quickly introduced and the reader knows this is no ordinary story. First they find mysterious writing behind the wallpaper in Connor's new room. Then villagers warn them to stay out of nearby Coombe's Wood. Izzy and Connor make friends and Izzy finds work. The telling of the ordinary day to day of their activities makes a good contrast with the creepiness of the environment and the events that soon begin. Izzy learns why she should stay out of the woods, but she's not sure whether to believe the locals. Then George, her ex, finds her and the stalking begins. George is a psychopath and Izzy is in fear for her life. At the end of the story, however, she finds a way to deal with George.

Coombe's Wood is hard to put down once you start reading. Author Lisa Hinsley has skillfully woven the mystery of Izzy's past with the supernatural elements of Coombe's Wood to create a gripping read.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Coombe's Wood?... Almost 23. Oktober 2011
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I really liked Coombe's Wood for the most part. It is a story about coming to terms with an abusive ex with a supernatural twist. I read a lot of paranormal/supernatural books and found this just barely meeting that criteria. If you're going to include such elements (elves, beasts, magic and even romantic interest) in the story, there really should be resolution and attention paid to them. I was hoping we'd get satisfaction regarding the man Izzy sees in town, but he's just gone... Feather's had real potential to be a romantic interest but that was squandered and in the end really just fizzled out, turns out Connor has family, but never meets them or is told about them, some guy comes to teach Izzy 1 elven skill out of the blue then we never hear about the elves again...

Knowing I got this book for free I don't feel cheated in any way, but the story had real potential for a Fantastic King style thriller with an under current of finding love again, and reavelations for a boy turing into a man but it just didn't quite get there. I wanted to find out what happens to Connor and his Paternal family, what happens with Izzy and Feathers, what the beast really is and why the elves protect the woods. If there is a sequel, most of my issues could become moot - but it's not really set up for a series, therefore I feel slightly let down. Will absolutely check out this authors work in the future.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen You can run, but you can't hide 11. April 2012
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Izzy and her son have just moved into subsidized housing and are starting a new life after escaping from an abusive partner. She soon discovers dark secrets abide in the woods near her home. Even worse, her abuser has tracked her to her new residence. With the help of a new friend, a few elves, and newfound talents, she overcomes frightening odds and triumphs over evil.

I like the way Ms Hinsley fills in the background for her story - some things are merely hinted, giving it a more ominous, foreboding feeling, although I wished certain parts were explained a little further, and the main characters fleshed out more thoroughly.

Overall, the book was well-written and edited, with a fresh storyline that keeps the reader interested. I enjoyed it very much!
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Story, Needs Work (Editor's Review) 14. August 2013
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I really enjoyed the story, but the writing is a bit of a problem. The author is very comma-happy and tends to insert them randomly in the middle of sentences. Quite a few grammatical issues, as well. Needs a good editor or three.

Plot progression is solid, though exposition is weak in places, particularly the very beginning and the very end. The author also forgets to tie up loose ends on the main subplot, which is disappointing. I really enjoyed the fantasy tangent about halfway through--it melded perfectly with the rest of the story. Well done. Good characterization. Subplots get a bit messy; the author seems to struggle a little bit to keep it all organized and keep track of everything, but that's a common issue.

Overall, the major problems could be fixed with a line editor and a developmental editor, and possibly some work with a writing consultant to help with some bad habits.

The story is excellent, so I plan on trying further works by this author to see if the writing improves to match the story composition.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen More of a novel than a scary story 28. Oktober 2010
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I thought this would be a pleasantly spine-tingling read for the Halloween season. It was a good book, no question about it, but it didn't have the feeling of suspense and/or thrill that I was expecting from the description. There was plenty of build-up regarding the wood, but very little actual action within the borders of the wood. The story of the 'haunted' wood was more a backdrop (and deus ex machina, I'm afraid) for the story of Izzy and her abusive ex-husband. Most readers will enjoy the story so long as they aren't expecting something more in line with 'horror'. The writing was done well, the characters were believeable, though not always likeable (I personally did not LIKE Izzy at all, though I could sympathize with her), and Kindle formatting was fine. The writing was worth probably 4 stars, but I took one off due to the fact that this was promoted as more of a 'horror' or 'suspense' genre, which it really wasn't.
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