Book Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Source: Borrowed

‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

When I first checked out this book from the library, I didn’t really expect it to be spooky. I don’t know what I really expected, honestly. Maybe just something a little weird. This book, though? SPOOKY. It’s made up of five short stories, all of which I enjoyed.

Our Neighbor’s House: The first short story is my second favorite in the book. Three sisters are left home alone in the winter while their father goes out. One by one, they disappear. This was such an unsettling story!

A Lady’s Cold Hands: This is probably the spookiest story in this book and it gave me some Tell-Tale Heart vibes mixed with a great revenge story.

His Face All Red: This one was kind of a classic story of jealousy and resentment with a twist at the end.

My Friend Janna: If I had to name a least favorite from this book, this would be it. There was nothing overtly terrible about it, but there was nothing amazing about it either.

The Nesting Place: This one was definitely my favorite. It was so spooky and creepy and gross.

All in all, this was a great collection of short stories. I loved the art and the colors and the writing style. If you’re looking for a dark, spooky graphic novel, I don’t know that you can do much better than this one.


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