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The Crymost by Dean H. Wild #BookReview

The Crymost

There is a place just outside of town where the people of Knoll, Wisconsin take their sorrows and their worries. They don’t talk much about it, and they don’t discuss the small tokens they bring as offerings to the place known as the Crymost. After all, this is Knoll, where certain things are best left unsaid. 

The Crymost however, will not remain quiet for much longer. Something ancient has awakened in that remote, sorrowful place, and time is running out for its inhabitants. Long-kept secrets will need to be unearthed before the entire town succumbs to the will of a powerful, dark stranger who works hand in hand with a hungry entity crossing Knoll’s borders, invading its homes and executing a soul-draining grip on its citizens.

The edges are black and it fades to a bright green light in the center with the title in black.  A vague image of rock walls can be seen through the green as well as two chess pieces in the bottom center. The author's name is in white at the bottom center of the cover.

Title: The Crymost | Author: Dean H. Wild | Publisher: Blood Bound Books | Pub. Date: 22 January 2019 | Pages: 312 | AISN: B07KQJYJZ9 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers:  None | Rating: 3.5-4 out 5 |  Source: Received a copy from author for review consideration

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The Crymost Review

“Knoll liked to keep its own and it demanded, quietly, a brand of commitment. Even idyllic peace bore a cost”

Small town horror. It seems to be a fairly popular sub-genre. Stephen King makes millions on it. Numerous other authors have crafted amazing stories centered around a location in which everyone knowing your name isn’t always the best thing. Where secrets abound and communities rally against horrors of all types. Some of my favorite authors like Christopher Sorensen, Kristi Demeester, Ania Ahlborn, Tananarive Due, Adam Cesare, Kealan Patrick Burke, Shirley Jackson, David Joy, and so many others, have crafted captivating worlds around small town locales.

The Crymost, by Dean H. Wild, is centered around the quiet, unassuming town of Knoll, Wisconsin. Locals have a tradition of visiting The Crymost, a kind of quarry, to offer up objects of sentimental value in honor of loved ones that have passed, to ask for help, and so on. Something wakes up. The synopsis does a great job of drawing a potential reader in – it is what initially made me sit up and take note.

Overall, this is a good book. The pacing is decent, there is a great up tick in action at the end, and I was definitely rooting for the group of protagonists as they endeavored to beat an ancient evil. It reminded me of IT a little bit, minus the coming of age thread. I’m giving this one 3.5-4 stars. I had fun with it, I think others might enjoy it, and I’ll pick up another book from this author. There were some parts that didn’t work for me and these things might work for another reader.

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