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Review: Dagger Hill by Devon Taylor (Blog Tour)

Title: Dagger Hill

Author: Devon Taylor

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: August 17th, 2021

Page Length: 336 Pages

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller

Age Range: YA

Rating: 4/5 Stars ⭐️

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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…

As you all know, there’s only a handful of Mystery and Thriller books that I actually like. Where the Mystery is actually good in the end, it’s executed well, and the final, big revelation is written well. This was one of those.

It’s the summer of 1989 and four best friend are getting ready for the summer before their senior year of high school starts. All their plans however are disrupted when a plane crashes in their sleepy Pennsylvania hometown. This incident beings a series of events that changes life as they knew it- forever.

I’ll begin with the characters. All four of them- Gabe, Charlie, Kimberly and Sonya- are incredibly likable and interesting characters to follow. We see the book unfold from different, alternating point-of-views which makes it refreshing and not repetitive. (One of Us is Lying vibes, anyone?)

This book has a little bit of everything; Friendship, Love, Horror, Science Fiction, Paranormal, and fantastically written LGBTQ romance too. He gives subtle hints towards books written by Stephen King and Steven Spielberg while not relying on them solely.

I found the mystery EXTREMELY fascinating and as a horror/mystery fanatic, I’d say if you like Stranger Things, Karen McManus’s books and some other of the most popular horror mysteries, you’ll love this book!!

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.

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