I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Boy in the Box by Marc E. Fitch
Published by Flame Tree Press on March 4, 2020
Genres: Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Supernatural
Format: ARC, eBook
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"A creepy, mesmerizing tale of hunters becoming the hunted, Box In The Box is a haunting journey into the evils that lurk in the wilderness, as well as those buried in the human heart. Fitch definitely has a knack for mixing the paranormal with both brutal reality and the emotional heaviness of grief and sorrow." --Morgan Sylvia, author of Abode. Ten years ago a mysterious and tragic hunting accident deep in the Adirondack Mountains left a boy buried in a storied piece of land known as Coombs' Gulch and four friends with a terrible secret. Now, Jonathan Hollis and brothers Michael and Conner Braddick must return to the place that changed their lives forever in order to keep their secret buried. What they don't realize is that they are walking into a trap -- one set decades earlier by a supernatural being who is not confined by time or place: a demon that demands a sacrifice. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Boy In The Box fills your soul with eerie silence. It infiltrates your senses, pumps through your bloodstream and possesses you with an endless silent scream you cannot escape from. This book came along at precisely the right moment. As a huge horror fiction fan, it was everything I was looking for in such a changed world we seem to be living in. it gave me an escape, it enraptured my heart and I too became lost in the mountains. The only difference between me and the main characters was; I wasn’t sure if ever wanted to leave.
There is nothing quite like picking up a new horror novel and feel its pulse drum a threatening beat. The cover took me hostage and sung a terrifying song – one I couldn’t resist! The book called to me and as soon as that first chapter was under my belt, I was done for. Boy In The Box was the medicine that I required, and I was forever lost in Fitch’s skilful and haunting tales that I have probably ever read.
Closing this book will not give you the warm and fuzzy feeling, this book with all intents and purposes is meant to unseat you. The narrative has you looking over your shoulder at key moments, wiping the sweat from your brow and making sure both the windows and the doors are firmly locked. Rising feeling of nausea – check. Spine stiffened – check. Never wanting to camp ever again – Double check. Not for the weak of heart – a truly terrifying story that examines the long-lasting effects of a black mark upon a person’s psyche.
Boy In The Box is oozing fear and emotional pain. Fitch has weaved an inexplicable narrative of claustrophobic dread. This formula is an immediate recipe for success and I just couldn’t stop reading. Nothing was going to pull me away and the pages and chapters just melded into one. It became more addictive when things started to get out of control and I was in for a hell of a ride.
The funeral of long-term friend, brings Johnathon, Connor and Michael back together once more. They haven’t really had any contact in ten long years. They all have wives/children and their lives are just different. That and the minute detail that they never were going to be the same after a hunting accident ten years ago – the last time they were altogether. Johnathon has never been the same again. Despite his marriage to his wife Mary, despite the birth of his only child, Joshua. Life holds no joy for him anymore. His marriage is held together by the cracks and his best friend is the bottom of a bottle. Future events out with their control lead them to revisit that bleak day ten years ago. The reader discovers what exactly went down and the implications that opening Pandora’s box will undoubtedly have on all parties involved.
Thanks to Anne Cater @Random Things Tours for my spot on the blog tour.
Boy In The Box is shrouded in an inescapable atmosphere that projects the protagonists into their own personal hell. Fitch has created a narrative more addictive than cake. The narrative pushes down a deserted path that can only lead to trouble and is utterly compulsive that you just can’t say no to.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marc E. Fitch is the author of Paranormal Nation: Why America Need Ghosts, UFOs and Bigfoot and Shemexperts: How Power Politics and Ideology are Disguised as Science as well as the novels, Old Boone Blood, Paradise Burns and Dirty Water. He was 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow.
He has written for such publications as American Thinker, The Federalist and the Skeptical Inquirer. Marc lives and works in Connecticut and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Western Connecticut State University.