Black Woods

Black Woods Laura and Julie avid mushroom hunters even in their sixties still remember that first encounter in the woods so many years ago Four young men fun by nature travel to the woods with high hopes of a

  • Title: Black Woods
  • Author: Laura Wright LaRoche
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Laura and Julie, avid mushroom hunters even in their sixties, still remember that first encounter in the woods so many years ago.Four young men, fun by nature, travel to the woods with high hopes of a hunt they won t soon forget A call to the Search and Rescue Department will bring them shockingly together in the Black Woods.

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    1. Laura and Julie are a couple of ladies in their sixties who have grown up exploring the woods their whole life. Every spring the pair spend two months going out daily to mushroom hunt. They also volunteer with the local search and rescue since they know the woods so well. When four young venture into an area known as the Black Woods they find themselves in trouble and needing help. When this story starts off I really got the feeling all of the characters seemed much younger then they were. Laura [...]

    2. In the interest of full disclosure, the author is my aunt. That said, I was surprisingly pleased with the story. The heroine (and her side-kick sister) are in their sixties, something I found refreshing. The story centers around her and her family, their love of mushroom hunting, and a mysterious being in a section of the woods they hunt. Their fear of the creature is put to the test when four hunters go into the black woods and can't all make it out. It is a quick and easy read, but what I love [...]

    3. Black Woodsby Laura Wright LaRoche ( Author) 5 of 5 starsAvid mushroom hunters and volunteers with the local Search and Rescue Department, Laura and Julie, who are in their sixties, remember that first encounter in the woods years ago.Four young men who are fun by nature, travel to the woods with high hopes of a hunt they won't forget.A call to the Search and Rescue Department will bring them shockingly together in the.Black Woods. Adult Language(less)MY REVIEW: I wanted to take a little while a [...]

    4. Wow, that was a crazy story there was so many twist and turns, I felt like it should be turned into a horror film.

    5. In the interest of full disclosure, the author is my aunt. That said, I was surprisingly pleased with the story. The heroine (and her side-kick sister) are in their sixties, something I found refreshing. The story centers around her and her family, their love of mushroom hunting, and a mysterious being in a section of the woods they hunt. Their fear of the creature is put to the test when four hunters go into the black woods and can't all make it out. It is a quick and easy read, but what I love [...]

    6. Sometimes free books are bad. How can anyone be so obsessed with mushrooms? Drinking every time a character speaks about mushrooms is a better idea than reading the book you'll be passed out by the second chapter, which is a better option than finishing the book. The writing is horrible -short, choppy sentences without much description; it made the characters seem uneducated and made the story drag. But I kept going, hoping that there might be some sort of interesting reveal at the end. What was [...]

    7. The opinion on this book seems pretty evenly divided, whatever stars have been given. I'd like to do my review just a tad bit differently to clarify some things to anyone thinking about purchasing this book. Bear in mind that I did end up fairly happy with the story overall, and intend to look further into the series.First, three things regarding negative points mentioned in other reviews.1. The "overuse" of information about mushrooms and hunting them: I am NOT a mushroom hunter, nor did I know [...]

    8. Black Woods is a thriller told in such a personal manner, you’ll want to read to the end. Much of the story comes from the viewpoint of an elderly woman who busies herself with collecting mushrooms and the lives of her husband and grand kids The last person you’d expect to relate a tale of gruesome horror. It’s a refreshing take.This author has energy and it shows in her writing. As a reader I found it easy to connect with the first person narration and liked how she told the story in a wa [...]

    9. Ok, the book had some grammatical issues . . .But the characters, two sixty year old sisters, Julie and Laura are "people" who I grew emotionally involved with after the first two or three chapters. I won't forget these two "dragon slayers" (my words). These two women are sisters and are grandmothers and avid mushroom hunters. They seem to be in there late 60's at the current time and duration of the story. When they were young people, they came to an area dibbed, "the black woods" and encounter [...]

    10. i liked this one. it had a wholesome aspect to the characters while the black woods were so creepy and the tale unfolded in a way that was suspenseful and had some great moments of action in it.i think the writer was playing on a very basic fear that everybody has felt at some point. walking alone through the woods at night, well, theres nothing else quite like that. you can hear every sound and the crack of a twig becomes something other worldly, especially in the darki believe this one follows [...]

    11. Like the collection of characters in the novel, I was drawn in by the lure of the Black Woods. What was there? Why were so many bad things happening there? Unfortunately, I can't give this book a higher rating than 3 stars because of its slow start. The time spent in the beginning on the daily routine of the two retired mushroom hunters was less than rivetting. I also did not care for the dim-witted pack of local yokels that were featured in this story. They were absolutely moronic and not funny [...]

    12. Four not-so-likable teenage guys and two mushroom hunting women battle an evil creature in the woods. Sounds mundane and predictable, but it wasn’t. It was spooky. It was also graphic, so if you don’t like gore, this book isn’t for you. Normally, I don’t read gore, but I was already interested in the storyline when the gore came into play. I handled it and continued because I had to find out if the mushroom hunters survived. No spoilers here. Good work, Laura Wright LaRoche! A memorable [...]

    13. I was well pleased and enjoyed Laura's tale. The protagonist and teller within the story is also named Laura and one has the feel the author is very familiar with the settings and especially mushrooms The tale is well crafted and unpredictable. The only drawback is a bit too much repetition or perhaps some things are just over simplified. The ending caught me totally off guard, was a delight and capped the story well by making it all gel and come together. It was left wide open for her sequel wh [...]

    14. this book started kinda slow for me, then picked up to be quite enjoyable, horror with a twist. I didnt realize Mushroom hunting was an actual activity, I thought Hobbits gathered mushrooms for us to consume.I read this book all in one day, a great tale for the halloween season. The author created enough suspense and blood to satisfy my dark side enough to get over the Mushroom Hunting. I cant seem to wrap my head around that. I am sure I would pick the poisioned ones by mistake.

    15. Black Woods is a relatively short novel that builds the suspense page by page. The ending was not quite what I expected and now I suppose I'll need to check out Black Woods Revealed. If you like horror, you'll like this one. The author could have added a bit more detail to the gory parts as much is left to the reader's imagination. But anybody who's ever been in the woods at night should be able to picture the setting. Gave me chills.

    16. Decent character development and the story is a quick read. The story kept me interested. The first person style that the story is written in is a little weird but makes sense as the story concludes. I originally picked this up for free from but I would've paid for it. Enjoyable read overall.

    17. I loved this book. It was fast paced and gripping. It kept me reading until 1 am to finish it. I loved that the main characters are not your typical heroins. Ladies in their sixties with normal lives and a love of mushrooms sounds more like your great-aunt or grandmother. Not these two. Don't miss this one, it's a great read and a good mystery. I can't wait for the sequel. Well done.

    18. A well written book, it's been a while since a read a book where the narrator is a grand-parent. The story has some scary moments and some horrific deaths, I was left wanting to know what the deadly creature was and I was slightly confused by the ending.

    19. This is a great book. This book had me from beginning to end. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. The black woods is a scary place. It had me waiting to see what happened when some one enters the woods. It left me with questions at the end. I didn't expect the ending. Love it.

    20. I found it interesting that the two main characters were older women. I loved the little twist. It kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. I didnt want to put it down!

    21. IMHO, this book was OK. The writing style is extremely passive - telling the reader the obvious instead of showing, and that prevented me from becoming deeply invested in the story and the characters - until we get to the "meat" of the story, the horrifying events that happen in the Black Woods (half way through?), that part of the story was well written and scary. I felt like the author was most interested in writing the end of the story, the scary parts in the woods, and the rest was just fill [...]

    22. Laura and Julie are not just sisters, they are best friends and closer than any two people can be to each other. They are in their sixties now and get the most thrills during mushroom hunting season. They love it and they love the bounty from the hunt, always have. They plan for ten months how to execute an even better mushroom hunt than the year before. They also are part of a Search and Rescue Department in the area and they love it. The part they don't love and do their best to avoid is the " [...]

    23. I'm usually a bit skeptical when it comes to free books on Kindle, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. While this isn't no where near the best book I've read, it was a quick, fun, intriguing story that I couldn't put down. Black Woods follows the story of Laura and Julie - two women in their sixties who enjoy nothing more than hunting mushrooms - and a group of young men in their twenties, who take a week off from their lives to spend time hunting and fishing. Unbeknownst to the group [...]

    24. Patience is a virtue and so worth it in the Black WoodsThis very unusual story is worth waiting for the time it takes to unfold. The Prologue hits you with a bang, grabbing your attention. You secretly smile to yourself and think, "This is going to be a good book." And right you are!Then the next few chapters of two middle-aged sisters mushroom hunting, well I know nothing about this pastime that these two older women seem to find so exciting, so I'm not a good person to comment. All I do know, [...]

    25. For me, Black Woods 1 provided a suspenseful and at points frightening story involving the supernatural. I thought the shifting of the narrative between different groups of characters worked well (though I found the parts with the group of 4 young men to be the most interesting). I also thought the use of the present tense in the book worked. The book has a great beginning, starting with an attack occurring decades before the rest of the story.The "rules" of the Black Woods and its terrifying in [...]

    26. I liked it. A little slow at the start, but it picked up from there.First person, present tense written – so I was sure I wouldn't like it (even though I know the author). But after a shaky start, I liked it and wanted to see where Laura was taking us.There are a couple of sentences missing words towards the end of the book. A couple of times I felt other sentences didn't make complete sense. But overall, it is well constructed and well written.Remember, it's about a monster (maybe a mutant an [...]

    27. Well done novel by an independent author. The story is quite unique and it ends well. It's a mystery with some interesting characters. The reader gets two views of the story. One from the main protagonist and the other from the young men out in the woods. The ending is unpredictable, which that alone deserves several stars. It's a little bit of a scary story. I know some people who might be frightened by this kind of read. It didn't really frighten me, but it kept me alert. The story has a few s [...]

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