Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 17th 2021
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Stranger Things meets One of Us Is Lying in this creepy paranormal mystery about four friends who find themselves hunted by a malevolent presence in their sleepy hometown.
It knows your fear…
Summer, 1989. Four best friends—Gabe, Kimberly, Charlie, and Sonya—are preparing for their last summer together before senior year, after which they’ll all be splitting up to start college in different parts of the country. They make a promise to always find their way back to each other, no matter how far away from their sleepy Pennsylvania hometown they get.
But their plans are destroyed when a plane crashes right on top of their favorite hangout outside of town—and right on top of them.
In the catastrophic aftermath of the incident, Gabe, Sonya and Charlie are plagued by eerie visions and messages from an unknown watcher. They soon realize that the plane crash was no accident, and now they are being hunted by a sinister presence. And everyone is still searching for Kimberly, who has been missing ever since Gabe saw somebody wearing a gas mask carry her out of the woods the day the sky fell down on them…
Devon Taylor was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. His day job consists of sneaking around the house with ninja-like stealth to avoid waking up his kids. When not writing, reading, or tediously typing out text messages with all the correct spelling and punctuation, he spends his time with his family. THE SOUL KEEPERS is his debut novel.
Books, Tea, Healthy Me FLASHBACK:
That time I met Devon Taylor!!
When a book description mentions Stranger Things and One of Us is Lying, I am going to pick up the book and have some high expectations. Especially when you combine that with the writing of Devon Taylor, whose Soul Keeper duology I really enjoyed. So picking up a copy of Dagger Hill, for me, was a no-brainer.
And thankfully, it lived up to the hype.
Dagger Hill is a fantastic blend of science fiction and horror. With paranormal overtones, a mystery to solve, and a town to save, the plot does not let down for a moment. And so it is hard to put down Dagger Hill once you start reading.
As a bonus for me, I love books that are written in my corner of the world. Since Taylor doesn’t live too far from me (No, I am not a stalker. See Instagram post above. We’ve chatted.), it was great fun seeing a ton of Pennsylvania and even more hyper-local references in the Dagger Hill.
Personally, I think this book would make an amazing movie, or even a limited edition series.
Just read it. It’s good spooky fun.
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