What’s it about?
No evil can remain buried forever, as disgraced journalist Thomas Brooks discovers when a wave of death grips the rural Kentucky town of Gray Hollow in terror.
Also investigating the murder is Sheriff Jezebel Woods, who doesn’t approve of Thomas’ sensationalist intentions. Mounting deaths force the pair to set aside their differences to confront a force that threatens to destroy the entire town.
At the center of the mystery is the disappearance of a boy named Salem Alistair, who designed a series of grotesque scarecrows for his parents’ farm—scarecrows that are turning up at each subsequent crime scene. Thomas begins to doubt his uneasy alliance with the sheriff when he realizes Jezebel has her own secret history with Salem Alistair.
-Adapted from Goodreads Synopsis
My Review of The Keeper of Crows
Having just recently watched Dark Night of the Scarecrow, I was perhaps in the wrong frame of mind to read this book because I found certain elements of it to be funnier than they rightfully were, or even should have been. Luckily, though, my case of the inappropriate giggles did not detract from me enjoying the story.
Kyle Alexander Romines, for whom this is a debut book, proves himself to have a deft hand with words as he weaves this supernatural thriller about a decision made by reckless youths, and the far reaching consequences it has.
The first part of the book is set in present day, but the second takes you back to 1987, and introduces us to Salem Alistair and his fate. This is the only part that was disappointing, because it was so obvious / easy to guess what had happened that the whole section was almost unnecessary, really. However, it did give us a bit of information about the supernatural beginnings of the evil that lurks in Gray Hollow. Part three takes us back to present day, as all the loose ends begin to come together.
The Keeper of Crows is nothing new or ground-breaking. No single part of the mystery was super hard to figure out; however, it still kept my interest. Romines’ talent was enough that even though I had worked out how the story was going to go early on (large plot points, at least), I still wanted to keep reading it, to see how he’d work it. The details and unique touches he’d add. That says something.
Overall, a solid piece of writing from a debut author that managed to keep my interest to the very end.
Title: The Keeper of Crows | Author: Kyle Alexander Romines (site) | Publisher: Sunbury Press | Pub. Date: 2015-10-14 | Pages: 262 | ASIN: B016P9QOBI | Genre: Thriller | Language: English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Triggers: None | Date Read: 2015-11-21 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.