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In this supernatural thriller, six teenagers attempt to survive the horrors – both human and supernatural – that haunt them as they try to escape a seemingly infinite forest where far older, crueler things wait for them with plans of their own. Rocked by violent tragedy during an end-of-school-year camping trip, six teenage friends – Parker, Chloe, Adam, Nicky, Josh and Nat In this supernatural thriller, six teenagers attempt to survive the horrors – both human and supernatural – that haunt them as they try to escape a seemingly infinite forest where far older, crueler things wait for them with plans of their own. Rocked by violent tragedy during an end-of-school-year camping trip, six teenage friends – Parker, Chloe, Adam, Nicky, Josh and Nate – find themselves lost and running for their lives through the darkest depths of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a million-acre forest in the heart of the state. Banding together to survive, they soon discover that there is something far older and far crueler waiting for them in the woods – something that doesn’t want them to escape. As they plumb the depths of this forest that has seemingly swallowed them whole, haunted by ghosts figurative and literal, they come to understand the nature of the ancient cosmic horror that lies dead and dreaming in a lake in the center of the woods. As one among them is transformed through his own desperation into an agent of this dread, formless horror, the ones that remain must fight back to survive as they explore the dead towns and endless sprawls of trees, rivers and campgrounds deep in the Barrens. Steadily picked off one by one by this malevolent force and their turned friend, hope finally comes for the survivors in the form of their respective bonds to the forest itself – one a long-buried secret, the other an uninvited connection that allows one of the friends to see further than she ever could before. Together, their fight to finally escape twill take them to the heart of the woods and the secrets buried there, but only one of them will make it out alive.


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In this supernatural thriller, six teenagers attempt to survive the horrors – both human and supernatural – that haunt them as they try to escape a seemingly infinite forest where far older, crueler things wait for them with plans of their own. Rocked by violent tragedy during an end-of-school-year camping trip, six teenage friends – Parker, Chloe, Adam, Nicky, Josh and Nat In this supernatural thriller, six teenagers attempt to survive the horrors – both human and supernatural – that haunt them as they try to escape a seemingly infinite forest where far older, crueler things wait for them with plans of their own. Rocked by violent tragedy during an end-of-school-year camping trip, six teenage friends – Parker, Chloe, Adam, Nicky, Josh and Nate – find themselves lost and running for their lives through the darkest depths of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a million-acre forest in the heart of the state. Banding together to survive, they soon discover that there is something far older and far crueler waiting for them in the woods – something that doesn’t want them to escape. As they plumb the depths of this forest that has seemingly swallowed them whole, haunted by ghosts figurative and literal, they come to understand the nature of the ancient cosmic horror that lies dead and dreaming in a lake in the center of the woods. As one among them is transformed through his own desperation into an agent of this dread, formless horror, the ones that remain must fight back to survive as they explore the dead towns and endless sprawls of trees, rivers and campgrounds deep in the Barrens. Steadily picked off one by one by this malevolent force and their turned friend, hope finally comes for the survivors in the form of their respective bonds to the forest itself – one a long-buried secret, the other an uninvited connection that allows one of the friends to see further than she ever could before. Together, their fight to finally escape twill take them to the heart of the woods and the secrets buried there, but only one of them will make it out alive.

30 review for The Night Will Find Us

  1. 5 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    The last time I loved a survival horror of this nature was Scott Smith's excellent The Ruins. Same tone here, but a much different experience. I've enjoyed teens-stuck-in-nature books since then, but not as much as this one. I look for three things when I read horror: pacing, character development, and dread. This book has all three. The book opens with a prologue that draws the reader's interest and then we're on to Chapter One where we learn about our cast of teens. Lyons managed to make all s The last time I loved a survival horror of this nature was Scott Smith's excellent The Ruins. Same tone here, but a much different experience. I've enjoyed teens-stuck-in-nature books since then, but not as much as this one. I look for three things when I read horror: pacing, character development, and dread. This book has all three. The book opens with a prologue that draws the reader's interest and then we're on to Chapter One where we learn about our cast of teens. Lyons managed to make all six young adults feel different, and that's saying something, because he does so in just one chapter. He has to, because the action explodes in Chapter Two and doesn't slow down until the end. I wasn't sure who, if anyone, was gonna survive, nor did I see any of what happened coming. The book plays with your expectations, and leaves just enough mystery so that it doesn't feel like the author is holding the reader's hand. Just enough is revealed, and I believe had more been revealed, it would've ruined the read for me. The one criticism I have here, and this is hella nitpicky, but I never got a good feel for the character of Josh. This could be because he was one of the more plain individuals of the bunch, but I honestly don't think more about him would've changed my opinion of the book. All I'm saying is, the other five characters are so well fleshed out that Josh just takes a back seat. But again, that didn't bother me, just something I noted. I loved the reveal toward the end. I'm a big fan of the entity and how it was dealt with. I did not read the description of the book, so I had no idea that element would be included. I will also add that I feel the description gives way too much away, so maybe don't read the back copy? I don't suggest you do, anyway. Go into this one blind, is my advice. In summation: If you're in the mood for a helluva fun horror adventure with supernatural spooks and human monsters alike, you're gonna have a good time with this. Lyons came out the gate swinging. I know this is cliché as hell to say at this point, but this doesn't feel like a debut novel. Highly recommended. Final Judgment: 5 outta 5 forbidden fruits. Many thanks to Turner Publishing and Matthew Lyons for the review copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up** A gory and gritty Survival Horror story. Let's just all admit, getting lost in the woods is f*ing terrifying. Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: I've definitely been in the mood for survival horror lately, so this looks like it will fit that perfectly! Excited to finally be starting. Admittedly, I've had this one on my shelf for a while. Thank you to the publisher, Turner Publishing, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I appreciate it!! **3.5-stars rounded up** A gory and gritty Survival Horror story. Let's just all admit, getting lost in the woods is f*ing terrifying. Full review to come...stay tuned!!! Original: I've definitely been in the mood for survival horror lately, so this looks like it will fit that perfectly! Excited to finally be starting. Admittedly, I've had this one on my shelf for a while. Thank you to the publisher, Turner Publishing, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I appreciate it!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Chaney

    My full video review of The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons can be found HERE. I very much enjoyed this fast and furious tale of isolation, cosmic monsters, and angry teenagers. If you want a book that gets right into the horror without missing a beat, pick this one up! It wastes no time to give horror readers what they want. My full video review of The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons can be found HERE. I very much enjoyed this fast and furious tale of isolation, cosmic monsters, and angry teenagers. If you want a book that gets right into the horror without missing a beat, pick this one up! It wastes no time to give horror readers what they want.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Gail

    There was some good stuff here. But it was never as good as it could have been. I've said it before and I'll say it again; I adore survival horror - in a desert, on a snowy mountain, in a nightmarish forest. No matter where, I am here for it. Unfortunately the survival and horror elements in The Night Will Find Us were overshadowed by weak characters and a muddled plot. The bones of the plot are nothing surprising. Six teens go camping in the woods, where horrors and disaster beyond their dreams a There was some good stuff here. But it was never as good as it could have been. I've said it before and I'll say it again; I adore survival horror - in a desert, on a snowy mountain, in a nightmarish forest. No matter where, I am here for it. Unfortunately the survival and horror elements in The Night Will Find Us were overshadowed by weak characters and a muddled plot. The bones of the plot are nothing surprising. Six teens go camping in the woods, where horrors and disaster beyond their dreams awaits them. Raise a hand if you've heard this one before! So - let's talk the positives first. As I've said before, I love the fight to survive stuff. It's an opportunity for wonderfully scary moments and can push characters in interesting directions. I think a lot of the gore (and whew, was there a lot) was creative. (view spoiler)[Everything surrounding Adam's transformation was just brutal. (hide spoiler)] I also thought the ending showed a lot of ingenuity, even if I didn't care much for the epilogue. Annnnd that's where the positives end. There's a good core idea under it all, but the details can't support it. My biggest problem, bar none, is with the characters. They were all some combo of messily drawn, unbelievably annoying, underwritten, and lacking nuance. They make terrible decisions that makes it hard to root for them. Then there was Nate. Nate is LITERALLY one of the worst characters I've ever read. If I ever met Nate in person, I think I would vomit from revulsion. He watches porn in a group setting, is viciously rude and mean, and everything that comes out of his mouth comes from a place of vulgarity and cruelness. I cannot think of one redeeming quality about him. (view spoiler)[I was SO thankful when he got shot in the head. This was at like 11% in, but every paragraph that I had to deal with him was too much. Then. THEN. They brought him back as a fucking ghost-thing. On one hand, I get it, it gives Parker (ugh, Parker) conflict and someone to converse with, and it gives form to the dark thing in the woods. But why Nate? Why this exponentially rude asshole with the personality of an expired energy drink? (hide spoiler)] I get the temptation to write unlikeable characters, especially in horror. There's a certain schadenfreude in watching terrible people have terrible things happen to them. However. I am still stuck reading about that god-awful character. And it takes away from the emotional stakes of the story. If I don't connect to anyone, why should I care what happens to them? The other characters are more tolerable, but not enjoyable. Chloe is blander than a saltine. To quote Louise Belcher, "If she was a spice, she'd be flour." Josh and Adam aren't any better. They are a pair of real nothing boys. Nicky got a few beats of character development, thank god, but not nearly enough for me. And Parker actually felt like a real character at times! Too bad the character he was wasn't someone I wanted to read about. (view spoiler)[He shot one friend in the head and kneecapped another. And this is after leading all his friends into danger fully intending on abandoning them! What a hero. If they were aiming for an antihero / redemption arc, they missed the mark. I don't have any sympathy for him. He had a good death scene at least. (hide spoiler)] And because all of these characters are so shallowly painted, the violence doesn't land like it should. Yes, it's brutal and gory and creative. But it's missing that visceral quality that could take it from good to great. I can't help but to compare it to Be Not Far from Me, where the violence felt so real and unavoidable. There are also significant tonal issues. Think dramatic near death acts of violence interspersed with Wile E. Coyote jokes. I don't expect (or want) a totally humorless plot, but the dissonance took me out of the story. The plot was interesting, but a little messier than I would have liked. I enjoy creepy woods and ambiguity, but I felt like there were opportunities to have solid, interesting answers that were ignored. And for every moment that I thought was cool, like the bone trees and their horrid fruit, you'd have an uninspired derivative one where a character finds a decapitated baby doll or decides to wander off on their own. It just felt so basic. Like I know this book is capable of doing better than that. The Night Will Find Us has some great ideas and glimpses of the fantastic book it could be. Sadly, all the positives are outweighed by shallow, unpleasant characters and a plot that's good at being creepy, but never quite manages to be captivating. Thanks to Edelweiss and Ingram for the review copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andy Davidson

    ...Reads like a Stan Winston creature feature by way of Richard Bachman, with a dash of H.P. Lovecraft to boot. It's sharply written, mesmerizing, and propulsive. ...First-rate in every respect. ...Reads like a Stan Winston creature feature by way of Richard Bachman, with a dash of H.P. Lovecraft to boot. It's sharply written, mesmerizing, and propulsive. ...First-rate in every respect.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Robinson

    2.5 rounded up to 3. Review to come on Horror DNA

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This is the book I've been craving since I finished The Hollow Places. Some excellent nature horror and genuine creepy parts. This is the book I've been craving since I finished The Hollow Places. Some excellent nature horror and genuine creepy parts.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Philip Fracassi

    As I go through life with my ADD brain firmly ensconced, I realize that it's becoming far less frequent that I'll pick up a book and read it cover-to-cover without stepping away to pick up one of the other two dozen or so books on my reading table that I'm at least partway through. There are certain authors that are consistently unmarred by my brain's fickle nature--off the top of my head: Josh Malerman, Paul Tremblay, Nick Cutter, Dennis Lehane, Stephen King, Riley Sager... etc. Point being that As I go through life with my ADD brain firmly ensconced, I realize that it's becoming far less frequent that I'll pick up a book and read it cover-to-cover without stepping away to pick up one of the other two dozen or so books on my reading table that I'm at least partway through. There are certain authors that are consistently unmarred by my brain's fickle nature--off the top of my head: Josh Malerman, Paul Tremblay, Nick Cutter, Dennis Lehane, Stephen King, Riley Sager... etc. Point being that Matthew Lyons' excellent THE NIGHT WILL FIND US was one of those books I didn't so much read as devour, emptying the story into my head like black soup over the course of a couple days, and smacking my lips with satisfaction when I was done. THE NIGHT WILL FIND US isn't "breakneck" horror, like Tremblay's SURVIVAL SONG, or an "unrelenting" thriller like S.A. Cosby's white-knuckler, BLACKTOP WASTELAND, but it's a page-turning hell-ride nonetheless, focusing your attention more on the characters and their interactions than the horrors of the danger-filled, haunted forest hunkered around them, salivating with grotesque hunger at the group of tender morsels that stumbled most recently into its midst. Another thing Lyons does well is to work the forest's mythology into the story like intertwined vines, taking you into the past by way of a character's supernatural escalation of consciousness rather than stopping the story dead to hit you with a "PAST" chapter header, the kind of thing that always elicits an internal groan from me as a reader. To my initial point, it's one of the things Lyons does masterfully in order to keep the momentum of the story going while keeping you, the reader, simultaneously cringing at the creeping horror you know is coming while developing a knowledge of the mythology and provenance of the living, and quite mad, forest. I highly recommend this one to anyone looking for a slick, character-driven, violent and relatively gore-soaked story, complete with murder, ghosts, bizarre rituals, haunted trees and even, without giving too much away, a cosmic horror angle that will scratch the itch of Lovecraft fans. So grab your camping gear and follow Mr. Lyons' into the dark, dense forest. You'll be glad you did.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Granger

    OK, so this freaking book.... I started this book while my husband was putting my son to bed, thinking, "I'll just read a little before bed." NOPE. Literally every single time my husband tried to talk to me, I snapped out, "WHAT?!" because he DARED to interrupt me while I was reading this book. I just had a double espresso because I got no sleep last night. Because of this book. I can't stop thinking about this book. Honestly, this book could have gone wrong in a lot of ways. There are so many creep OK, so this freaking book.... I started this book while my husband was putting my son to bed, thinking, "I'll just read a little before bed." NOPE. Literally every single time my husband tried to talk to me, I snapped out, "WHAT?!" because he DARED to interrupt me while I was reading this book. I just had a double espresso because I got no sleep last night. Because of this book. I can't stop thinking about this book. Honestly, this book could have gone wrong in a lot of ways. There are so many creepy aspects that things could have gotten lost. And yet, they didn't. It was just extremely unsettling and the author is just like, "Y'all want some creepy body stuff? OK. Some supernatural shit? I got you. What about sacrifices? You guys into that? DONE. Oh, and we have to have an old weird church, obvs." AND THAT'S NOT EVEN ALL OF IT. WHY IS IT JUST FULL OF THINGS THAT MAKE MY SKIN CRAWL?? LAKES WITH NO RIPPLES. WHY IS THAT TERRIFYING IN THIS BOOK? I don't know but it really is and damn, did I enjoy it. Here's a super creepy line with no context: "revealing rows of crooked yellow-gray teeth, all mismatched, like they'd been pulled from a dozen different heads." I just....I cannot with this. And yet, there are things that are not completely explained, because what fun would that be? AND THIS IS HIS DEBUT NOVEL. Like how very dare you, Matthew Lyons. How dare you not have 25 other books? What am I supposed to do now. But welcome, Matthew Lyons, to my very limited goodreads shelf, "creepy af." Books/authors you might like if you like this book because I said so with no authority: Christian Galacar (Big Bad, Cicada Spring); H.P. Lovecraft because obviously; Alex North; The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup; Shirley Jackson (The Summer People); and the short story "My Father's Mask" in the book 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda (spooky.octopus.reads) Turner

    Unsettling, creepy, ominous...all words I would use to describe 'The Night Will Find Us.' I certainly would not ever read this book in the dark woods of an overnight camping trip. It will have you looking over your shoulder and side-eyeing your friends, wondering which one of them may snap. Don't get attached to any of the characters, because in the end you will just be disappointed, but I think this is probably a good thing in the context of the story. I have been hungering for a book like this Unsettling, creepy, ominous...all words I would use to describe 'The Night Will Find Us.' I certainly would not ever read this book in the dark woods of an overnight camping trip. It will have you looking over your shoulder and side-eyeing your friends, wondering which one of them may snap. Don't get attached to any of the characters, because in the end you will just be disappointed, but I think this is probably a good thing in the context of the story. I have been hungering for a book like this....a book that takes me deep into a forest, grabs me by the neck, and then doesn't let me go until hundreds of pages later. This is one of those books you won't want to put down, and at the same time you will want to close the pages to escape all of the tragedy and despair...to escape the darkness residing in the depths of the Pine Barrens. Ghosts abound, and you will question what's real and what is imagined. It's a fight for survival, a fight for sanity, and a fight to hold on to friendships that may very well be long dead. The forest itself has a few tricks up it's sleeve to ensure that almost no one will make it out alive. 4.5/5- I went in to this book knowing almost nothing about the storyline, and I was so pleasantly surprised at the darkness and desperation that I was met with. I honestly thought it was just the story of a high school senior camping trip that went wrong....but oh my goodness did it EVER go terribly wrong, so, sooooo wrong. I would recommend this book in a heartbeat to anyone who is a fan of the horror, thriller, and suspense genres. The writing is great. The story is original and fast paced, and you find yourself questioning the events long after you finish reading. Totally grab this one if you want a fast, dark, and somewhat creepy read infested with murder and plenty of chills. **Thank you to Turner Publishing for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review.**

  11. 5 out of 5

    Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Night Will Find Us has an excellent cover and an intriguing premise of six high schoolers who go camping in the woods and end up fighting for their lives against some unknown cosmic horror. There's lots of gore and the setting is creepy as heck, but unfortunately this book did not work for me. The characters were all super underdeveloped--- the only one who was a little real was terribly unlikable. The plot was a bunch of different pieces thrown together; it felt like the author had about 4 di The Night Will Find Us has an excellent cover and an intriguing premise of six high schoolers who go camping in the woods and end up fighting for their lives against some unknown cosmic horror. There's lots of gore and the setting is creepy as heck, but unfortunately this book did not work for me. The characters were all super underdeveloped--- the only one who was a little real was terribly unlikable. The plot was a bunch of different pieces thrown together; it felt like the author had about 4 different ideas of what they wanted and they tried to include them all and none of it stuck. You've got some creepy woods, a Puritan style misogyny tale, an ancient cosmic evil, and some messed up kid with a gun. I really hated this dude just shooting people and then having a semi redemption arc and also the whole "burning down a forest" thing just made me sad. The TLDR of it is: teenage boys come in a few varieties; porn obsessed, sport jock with girlfriend, big loner with bad home life and unremarkable regular guy. All the boys are angry. Girl 1 is basically a boneless white meat chicken breast of boring who makes shitty choices. Girl 2 is slightly more interesting because she's a redhead who smokes ( ooh quirky!) And is a little rage filled. Together they wanna get drunk and dumb in the woods, but the woods are evil and full of vengeful spirits...or maybe the ground is just poison. They do dumb stuff and hurt eachother until only one survives. Never before has the Final Girl been so bland.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike Wallace

    The Night Will Find Us is one of the best horror novels I've read this year. Matthew Lyons creates his own nightmare world in the Pine Barrons of New Jersey. A group of young campers discover the monsters of this forest when one of the campers commits murder among his friends, an act that triggers the evil that dwells within the big woods. The writing is of the quality of horror greats like Andy Davidson and Nick Cutter. Don't miss out on this killer novel of terror. 5 Stars***** The Night Will Find Us is one of the best horror novels I've read this year. Matthew Lyons creates his own nightmare world in the Pine Barrons of New Jersey. A group of young campers discover the monsters of this forest when one of the campers commits murder among his friends, an act that triggers the evil that dwells within the big woods. The writing is of the quality of horror greats like Andy Davidson and Nick Cutter. Don't miss out on this killer novel of terror. 5 Stars*****

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alabama Vee

    Struggled with the beginning as they are all so annoying but I really enjoyed the last third good survivalist horror, not for the squeamish.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Zajonc

    Matthew Lyons’ uncompromising debut THE NIGHT WILL FIND US plunges the reader into disorienting madness as the physical rules of the world disintegrate before a slumbering, unknowable evil. Lyons' confident dissection of body horror and the secrets of those closest to us makes for a haunting novel that will keep the reader turning pages long into the night. Don’t bring this book camping unless you want to shiver at every rustle of the pines. Matthew Lyons’ uncompromising debut THE NIGHT WILL FIND US plunges the reader into disorienting madness as the physical rules of the world disintegrate before a slumbering, unknowable evil. Lyons' confident dissection of body horror and the secrets of those closest to us makes for a haunting novel that will keep the reader turning pages long into the night. Don’t bring this book camping unless you want to shiver at every rustle of the pines.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    A tragic event during a camping trip set the wheels in motion for what could have been a brilliant cosmic/weird/body horror. There are plenty of superb set pieces, Lyons imagery is quite brilliant. He has a style of writing I really enjoy and with The Night Will Find Us he has earned a fan cautiously anticipating book 2. There are several problems I had with the story which is a shame. There's so much potential and I'd love to see this adapted and these issues addressed. The core story for me is so A tragic event during a camping trip set the wheels in motion for what could have been a brilliant cosmic/weird/body horror. There are plenty of superb set pieces, Lyons imagery is quite brilliant. He has a style of writing I really enjoy and with The Night Will Find Us he has earned a fan cautiously anticipating book 2. There are several problems I had with the story which is a shame. There's so much potential and I'd love to see this adapted and these issues addressed. The core story for me is so vaguely explained it took huge leaps for me to believe what was going on. I'm not going to post spoilers, but I would be interested if other readers agreed. I'm all for not being spoon fed but there's some big things going on in those woods and some explanation would be nice. The characters are all underwritten to a point where they kind of meld into one another. Chloe/Nicky especially were interchangeable. Lyons does hint at the characters lives before the trip and this could help defining personalities if built upon. There's a fair amount of conversation that could have involved this but sadly didn't. I just couldn't believe one of the characters was seeing and interacting with a ghost. To be fair once an explanation was given several chapters later I was sort of on board but I'd already been taken out of the novel. Characters seem to be able to get about with potentially catastrophic injuries. Wow, that seems a lot of negatives for a 3 star rating. And this is the frustrating thing about The Night Will Find Us. The book is so good in its setting and potential. There was enough to keep me reading to the end and I was genuinely intrigued to find out what the hell was going on. The horror elements were skilfully written and as I said before I enjoyed Lyons writing style.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex Gray (gray__pages)

    Thanks so much to Turner Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for review! This was a very anticipated book for me, and the premise just sounded fantastic. Unfortunately, it ended up being a mediocre read. We follow a group of 6 seniors who are taking a camping trip to celebrate the school year ending and summer beginning. When they get to the woods of Pine Barrens, some old grudges spark lots of tension between two of the friends, and needless to say, things go REALLY downhill from Thanks so much to Turner Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for review! This was a very anticipated book for me, and the premise just sounded fantastic. Unfortunately, it ended up being a mediocre read. We follow a group of 6 seniors who are taking a camping trip to celebrate the school year ending and summer beginning. When they get to the woods of Pine Barrens, some old grudges spark lots of tension between two of the friends, and needless to say, things go REALLY downhill from there for these poor kids. This book had so many tropes that should have worked for me. I typically love a story about things going oh so wrong after being stranded in the woods at night. Give me any “in the woods horror” and I’m there. Give me a breakdown of relationships and losing of trust situation between characters and I’m there. So this book had all the ingredients, but it just didn’t mix well for me. The writing is very atmospheric, which enhanced the creepiness. But the slowness of it kind of killed how creepy I feel this book could’ve been. I also found myself not caring about any of the characters. They were a bit dull and not very developed. By the time we figured out what was going on, it was.....fine. But it didn’t thrill me. I give this book 3 stars for the good atmospheric writing and a decent story. It was ok, but not great.

  17. 5 out of 5

    April Teesdale

    This should’ve been called The Forest With Teeth Or the Darkness in the Forest or Something with forest in the title or to elude it was about the forest. It’s clear this forest in NJ mind you, is alive. I thought I’d was very promising but there was so much action for pages at a time it was hard to keep up with who was doing what to whom and at times it seemed that the story got lost in the prose.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

    $12.39... $12.39?! Ugh. So expensive. $12.39... $12.39?! Ugh. So expensive.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jamesey Lefebure

    I really really enjoyed this. Matthew Lyons has done an amazing job of creating not only very believable teen characters but the type you care about. If you want your horror with a lovecraftian bite, this is the book for you!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shazia

    ok so i didn't finish reading this cause honestly i just didn't want to. but it wasn't bad. i just like. don't want to read it anymore. ok so i didn't finish reading this cause honestly i just didn't want to. but it wasn't bad. i just like. don't want to read it anymore.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aina

    A superb debut! I love survival horror, and the premise also hints at a slasher fest. But to my delight, this book is so much more than that. It ventures into body horror with a huge dose of the supernatural, along with terror of the unknown. I thought Chloe is an appealing protagonist and it was easy to root for her. Parker is a complex character living in the grey area but I sympathised with him too. Adam goes through a horrifying change and his interactions with the other characters provide t A superb debut! I love survival horror, and the premise also hints at a slasher fest. But to my delight, this book is so much more than that. It ventures into body horror with a huge dose of the supernatural, along with terror of the unknown. I thought Chloe is an appealing protagonist and it was easy to root for her. Parker is a complex character living in the grey area but I sympathised with him too. Adam goes through a horrifying change and his interactions with the other characters provide the most entertaining, goriest set pieces. While the characters’ behaviors did get on my nerve at times, they understandably act like teenagers. The setting of Pine Barrens is a huge part of why the story works as well as it does. The description of the forest is atmospheric, gritty, and eerie. The book does a great job of making me feel as if I was there. If there’s one thing I wish the book had expanded on is the source of the horrors. I really enjoyed learning about it but I was still left with some questions by the end. I found Parker’s storyline really interesting but I didn’t feel his quest was resolved to my satisfaction. Still, this is an exciting, gruesome horror book perfect for spooky season! book blog | twitter | instagram

  22. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    I thought this was going to be such a great book based on the other reviews, but it was a real disappointment for me. Bummer. I thought the characters were over-the-top stereotypical for who the type of teenager each one was supposed to portray. And it seemed like a few different horror themes were thrown in that didn't mix well together and it didn't make much sense to me. But don't pass this one up if it sounds intriguing to you. Other than me and a few other stragglers, this book is highly ra I thought this was going to be such a great book based on the other reviews, but it was a real disappointment for me. Bummer. I thought the characters were over-the-top stereotypical for who the type of teenager each one was supposed to portray. And it seemed like a few different horror themes were thrown in that didn't mix well together and it didn't make much sense to me. But don't pass this one up if it sounds intriguing to you. Other than me and a few other stragglers, this book is highly rated and dearly loved as a great horror story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    There's nothing else scary, to me than the woods at night, especially in a place I don't know. Add being lost in the woods and hunted by something, and you've got my attention. So not only did The Night Will Find Us have a great cover, but it ticked a lot of boxes of things I like in a horror story. Thankfully it did not disappoint. In fact, this doesn't even give you time to find your feet, just throws you right in on Mary Kane's last day, and you're left playing catch up. Which you get to do t There's nothing else scary, to me than the woods at night, especially in a place I don't know. Add being lost in the woods and hunted by something, and you've got my attention. So not only did The Night Will Find Us have a great cover, but it ticked a lot of boxes of things I like in a horror story. Thankfully it did not disappoint. In fact, this doesn't even give you time to find your feet, just throws you right in on Mary Kane's last day, and you're left playing catch up. Which you get to do through the rest of the story as one of the teenagers, Chloe, connection to her. So it's really a story within a story that keeps you on your toes. Matthew Lyons gives you just enough information for you to start to put it together, but you, or at least didn't put the whole puzzle together. This made the book hard to put down, and the only reason I did was that the Holidays happened. However, when I came back to this story a few days later it was very easy to pick up again. While so much does happen in the books, it's easy to keep with because it all happens over the course of three days. Also, the story follows a pretty set horror movie standard and spent a lot of time yelling about it. Mostly it was me yelling, "that's a cursed object" or "this how bad things happen". I also really liked the mythology that Mathew Lyon created for this. How creepy he made the trees when you realize what exactly they are, and how some things didn't really get explained. Like the thing in the lake, or what exactly happened to Parker's father. Or, more importantly, what was going in that church. Seriously, was that Phipps doing and how many people had continued doing it? I need to know how why so many people have gone missing in the Pine Barrens! Though I do like how the actual story ends, and if felt a fitting ending for that character. However, I could have done without the epilogue. I didn't honestly feel like it added much to the story. Mostly because I didn't care for the character that survived. This would have been one of the times I'd been okay with not knowing, or maybe if it had been done a different way. I don't know, I didn't really read the epilogue, just sort of skimmed it. There was really only one other thing I kept this from going five stars. It's been a few days between me finishing the book and writing this, and the only things that stuck with me are how creepy the Pine Barrens was written and the story of Mary Kane and Phipps. The rest of the characters, the teenagers, felt pretty much like cannon fodder and background noise. Two of which I was kind of glad to see get killed off because they added nothing to the story but me wishing I could throttle them. In fact, there were times when it felt like Lyons was trying to give them more definition, but sort of gave up in the same breath. But since the teenagers felt more like background characters it wasn't too much of an issue. Only I feel like their deaths would have packed a bigger punch if they'd had a bit more depth to them. All that being said, I really did like this story. I'm glad it came across my library dash and Matthew Lyons will be an instant add to cart author going forward.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Houle

    In the city where I live — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Halloween has been cancelled due to COVID-19. No trick or treating. No candies for children. No spooky shenanigans or egging of houses (hopefully). The only thing that possibly exists to do is just dress up and get into the spirit of the ghoulish holiday. Of course, if you’re an adult, you can watch a scary movie or read some Stephen King. But there’s something else you can read: Matthew Lyons’ The Night Will Find Us. It is a genuinely creepy, In the city where I live — Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Halloween has been cancelled due to COVID-19. No trick or treating. No candies for children. No spooky shenanigans or egging of houses (hopefully). The only thing that possibly exists to do is just dress up and get into the spirit of the ghoulish holiday. Of course, if you’re an adult, you can watch a scary movie or read some Stephen King. But there’s something else you can read: Matthew Lyons’ The Night Will Find Us. It is a genuinely creepy, unsettling, and unpredictable read. That doesn’t mean that it is perfect. It suffers from a bit of a rough beginning and takes some time to grow on you. However, once the tale does get going, it rages like an out-of-control wildfire. Stick with it, and it will grant you some serious rewards. The story is about six teenagers who spend what was to be a night camping in the woods of New Jersey as an end-of-the-school-year trip. There’s Chloe, who is sassy but innocent, and her cousin Parker, who is just a very short fuse away from always blowing his top in inappropriate ways. There’s Nate, a real a-hole, and Nicky and Josh — the typical new couple who are seemingly shagging every time they go off into a tent together. There’s also a friend named Adam tagging for the ride who is the requisite jock in these tales. Together, they plan to get drunk, let off some fireworks, and have a good time being (somewhat horny) teenagers. However, as the tale is a horror story, this plan goes sideways when the local entity living among the trees gets its tenterhooks into them. Read the rest of the review here: https://zachary-houle.medium.com/a-re...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Reynolds

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I listened to this book using Audible. While it was decent overall, I found myself just thinking what is the actual point? Is literally everyone going to die and that's just all? Gory detail after gory detail got to be a bit too much and way overdone at times. Just as I was thinking that the book was wrapping up and somehow I had listened to over 10 hours of audio, I look down to see how much time was remaining, there was still five hours left. So I'm thinking to myself there is no way there are I listened to this book using Audible. While it was decent overall, I found myself just thinking what is the actual point? Is literally everyone going to die and that's just all? Gory detail after gory detail got to be a bit too much and way overdone at times. Just as I was thinking that the book was wrapping up and somehow I had listened to over 10 hours of audio, I look down to see how much time was remaining, there was still five hours left. So I'm thinking to myself there is no way there are still five hours left. What in the world could this author possibly write about where 5 more hours was still needed? I was ready to just call it quits and pretend that everyone died and that was it. But, I pressed on. With that being said, I must add that the way the last hour or so tied the whole book together was nice. It helped make sense of some of the confusion I had throughout the book. The significance of the tree changing in meaning was definitely a nice touch that I enjoyed. Last note, the readers "girl" voice literally made me laugh out loud at times. He did an amazing job with expressing the overall feel and emotions that were present. His voice didn't lull me to sleep, which is always a plus!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to the publisher for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review This is the perfect book for the spooky season, and for any horror fans out there! THE NIGHT WILL FIND US by Matthew Lyons is a supernatural thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Lyons had me searching the backyard at night when I’d let the dogs out to make sure nothing was lurking in the woods around me. This book was so atmospheric and the building dread kept the creep factor high. I hone Thanks to the publisher for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review This is the perfect book for the spooky season, and for any horror fans out there! THE NIGHT WILL FIND US by Matthew Lyons is a supernatural thriller that had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Lyons had me searching the backyard at night when I’d let the dogs out to make sure nothing was lurking in the woods around me. This book was so atmospheric and the building dread kept the creep factor high. I honestly didn’t know if anyone was going to survive until the end, and it’s refreshing when horror books aren’t completely predictable! I think the characters were developed enough that you cared about what was happening to them. We get to know our six main characters right away and I think the prologue did great job setting things up for what was to come. If you like a good survival type horror read, then this is perfect! The entity had my skin crawling and made living in the middle of the woods even creepier. Can’t wait to see what Lyons releases next.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    3.5 Stars This was a fun read, especially since I’ve been in a giant survival horror mood lately. For a debut, this book really has some bite, a consistently fast pace, and a decent amount of horror goodness. I will say I think I went into this with stupid high expectations based on other reviews that ultimately left me a tad disappointed. It just didn’t scare me as much as I wanted it to outside of those really great first 40/50ish pages. Basically, if you’re a horror fan this doesn’t do too muc 3.5 Stars This was a fun read, especially since I’ve been in a giant survival horror mood lately. For a debut, this book really has some bite, a consistently fast pace, and a decent amount of horror goodness. I will say I think I went into this with stupid high expectations based on other reviews that ultimately left me a tad disappointed. It just didn’t scare me as much as I wanted it to outside of those really great first 40/50ish pages. Basically, if you’re a horror fan this doesn’t do too much that’s new, but what it does do it does well enough. So, I’ll probably definitely be picking up Matthew Lyon’s next book when/if it comes out 👍🏻

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Taft

    While the characters don't ever really get proper introductions, and that makes it difficult to truly care for them or understand them, you still feel bad for them since so many awful things happen to them. I liked how this horror was more on the Lovecraftian-eldritch kind, which for me makes it even freakier since it's hard to destroy (if possible at all). It's a solid YA horror book that's perfect for picking up if you A.) love horror or B.) love to read horror when October rolls around since While the characters don't ever really get proper introductions, and that makes it difficult to truly care for them or understand them, you still feel bad for them since so many awful things happen to them. I liked how this horror was more on the Lovecraftian-eldritch kind, which for me makes it even freakier since it's hard to destroy (if possible at all). It's a solid YA horror book that's perfect for picking up if you A.) love horror or B.) love to read horror when October rolls around since that's the season for scares. There's a definite creepy factor to this story and you never know just when or how something is going to strike.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Hetherington

    Matthew Lyons’ debut album was so entertaining! The Night Will Find Us hits the ground running and keeps up the fast, edge of your seat pace until the very end. The story of a group of teenagers on a summer camping trip in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey is reminiscent of the personal struggles of humanity and our relationship with the natural and supernatural world. HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone looking to be entertained the moment you open to the first page.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Laguna

    What happens when six teenagers go camping in the woods and awaken an ancient evil? If your guess is bad shit, you are 100% correct. This book had a great 90s slasher movie vibe and is perfect for spooky season. Honestly, don’t sleep on this one friends

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