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“Once upon a time, there was a monster. An actual, real monster, like you hear about in stories. And this monster killed children. Hundreds and hundreds of children.” When her son Charlie is killed in a tragic accident, Emily Carter sets out to discover the truth. Convinced that Charlie's death is linked to other supposed accidents, she's determined to prove that someone “Once upon a time, there was a monster. An actual, real monster, like you hear about in stories. And this monster killed children. Hundreds and hundreds of children.” When her son Charlie is killed in a tragic accident, Emily Carter sets out to discover the truth. Convinced that Charlie's death is linked to other supposed accidents, she's determined to prove that someone or something targeted her son. But as she continues to dig for the truth, Emily starts to realize that the explanation might be darker and more horrific than she could ever have anticipated. The Horror of Devil's Root Lake is the story of a woman who refuses to accept that her son's death was an accident, and of an ancient evil that waits impatiently in the forest for its next victim.


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“Once upon a time, there was a monster. An actual, real monster, like you hear about in stories. And this monster killed children. Hundreds and hundreds of children.” When her son Charlie is killed in a tragic accident, Emily Carter sets out to discover the truth. Convinced that Charlie's death is linked to other supposed accidents, she's determined to prove that someone “Once upon a time, there was a monster. An actual, real monster, like you hear about in stories. And this monster killed children. Hundreds and hundreds of children.” When her son Charlie is killed in a tragic accident, Emily Carter sets out to discover the truth. Convinced that Charlie's death is linked to other supposed accidents, she's determined to prove that someone or something targeted her son. But as she continues to dig for the truth, Emily starts to realize that the explanation might be darker and more horrific than she could ever have anticipated. The Horror of Devil's Root Lake is the story of a woman who refuses to accept that her son's death was an accident, and of an ancient evil that waits impatiently in the forest for its next victim.

30 review for The Horror of Devil's Root Lake

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shaina

    4.5 Took off for spelling and word errors. I thought it was genuinely spooky. Not one of those cathartic, happily ever after things. Never quite read a spooky story like this one. It took a bit to get going, but then grabbed me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    I absolutely love this mythological tales Cross writes. I think they're my favorite of hers. It's like going back to urban legends, scary stories at sleepovers and good 'ol Goosebumps but the adult rated R version. This one was excellent and truly spooky.

  3. 5 out of 5

    MARTIN WITHERS

    Not as good as expected. I found this book a disappointment, not up to this authors usual standards . Story was not particularly gripping. Characters weak.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Edith English

    Disappointing As always, this book is very well written, as I’ve come to expect of Ms. Cross. I have no fault with her writing, just the actual subject. I enjoyed the book up until the last 1/3rd when it became way too unrealistic for my taste. I can handle some fantasy but not that much. I hurried through the last pages just to finish the book quickly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Burns

    Good read, but needs a proof reader Good story, about a centuries old monster, that makes children kill themselves. However, lots of errors. Like the author forgot what character was talking. Chapter 40, should have Alice, not Emily.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Misty Davis

    A tree??? I can understand ghosts or demons. Maybe even century year old demons, but a tree causing these problems? Maybe it was possessed? I can't wrap my finger around this story. Guess it's up to the reader to imagine what caused the tree to do things it did in the book

  7. 4 out of 5

    John Morris

    A disappointing read This book was definitely not a classic Amy Cross story. I struggled to get through to the end and I couldn't decide if the story was based in England, the USA, or some fictitious land from a fairy tale. From such a good writer this was, in my opinion, a dud.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Richards

    Interesting read So many twists and turns in this book You feel that you have guessed who's doing what And what will happen next. But you never second guess What's around the corner

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Good story Another interesting story, an enjoyable read. Not quite 5 stars due to what seems to be a theme of Amy Cross books, poor editing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jye

    This book has me conflicted in terms of rating. I really enjoyed the first 40ish percent of this story and felt I had a good grasp as to where the story was going to go... but then the author comes in and heads a completely different direction and my enjoyment level dwindled. Whilst I may not have particularly liked the direction the story went, I did really enjoy the story and the mythology that the author created and at times I was genuinely spooked. I also quite enjoyed the character cast fee This book has me conflicted in terms of rating. I really enjoyed the first 40ish percent of this story and felt I had a good grasp as to where the story was going to go... but then the author comes in and heads a completely different direction and my enjoyment level dwindled. Whilst I may not have particularly liked the direction the story went, I did really enjoy the story and the mythology that the author created and at times I was genuinely spooked. I also quite enjoyed the character cast feeling and whilst some actions where unlikeable ((view spoiler)[ looking at you Craig <\spoiler>) I could still understand why they did what they did giving the circumstances. I wish I could give it a 5 star. But I think I'm going to need to settle with a 3.5, rounded up to 4 for conveniences sake. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Loved it! I recently came across this author and have been reading her books back to back for the past week. A book a day and I just can't get enough . This story has to be one of my favourites. Everyone loves a fairy tale and I think for most of us, the reason we love them is the little seed in each tale that our imagination seeks to find an element of truth in the fantasy. The what if? I was completely lost in this story from start to finish a really enjoyable read x

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jane Curry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Could have been better. Horrible editing, weak characters. Takes place in the US with American characters but is written with British English terms. Again, a decent editor would have caught this. Storyline fell apart at the end. A tree? Really? It's like she just didn't even care and wrote the rest in her sleep. This story had so much potential and was set up well but fell apart due to lazy writing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Papin

    The Horror of Devil's Root Lake Although slightly farfetched with the children's fable, I kept reading to see where the storyline would end up. A little disjointed in chapters, but nonetheless entertaining. Definitely not a horror story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teena Renken

    Great story! Many chilling things in this story. I'm a fan of Amy Cross, but this book is sure to please anyone wanting a creepy tale.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

    This story seemed scattered to me, not the tightly woven horror I'm used to from this author.. Still an okay story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Allen

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  18. 5 out of 5

    Restrepo Trujillo José

  19. 4 out of 5

    Missie Strawder

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carol

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Phillips

  22. 5 out of 5

    André Mwansa

  23. 5 out of 5

    glynn hawkins

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa and Dave Saunders

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

  26. 4 out of 5

    donna shannon

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  28. 4 out of 5

    John Mahoney

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Boyd

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer

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