October 17, 2021

#BookReview: Winterset Hollow by Jonathan Edward Durham @thisone0verhere

Synopsis: Everyone has wanted their favorite book to be real, if only for a moment. Everyone has wished to meet their favorite characters, if only for a day. But be careful in that wish, for even a history laid in ink can be repaid in flesh and blood, and reality is far deadlier than fiction . . . especially on Addington Isle.Winterset Hollow follows a group of friends to the place that inspired their favorite book-a timeless tale about a tribe of animals preparing for their yearly end-of-summer festival. But after a series of shocking discoveries, they find that much of what the world believes to be fiction is actually fact, and that the truth behind their beloved story is darker and more dangerous than they ever imagined. It's Barley Day . . . and you're invited to the hunt.

Winterset Hollow is as thrilling as it is terrifying and as smart as it is surprising. A uniquely original story filled with properly unexpected twists and turns, Winterset Hollow delivers complex, indelible characters and pulse- pounding action as it storms toward an unforgettable climax that will leave you reeling. How do you celebrate Barley Day? You run, friend. You run.

Jonathan Edward Durham was born near Philadelphia in one of many rust-belt communities where he read voraciously throughout his youth. After attending the College of William & Mary, where he received a degree in neuroscience, Jonathan waded into the professional world before deciding he was better suited for more artistic pursuits. He now lives in California where he writes to bring a unique voice to the space between the timeless wonder of his favorite childhood stories and the pop sensibilities of his adolescent literary indulgences.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review:  
This was an interesting read that made me really think about friendships and more. I liked the feel of the story and how everything unfolded at a great pace. I think this one would make a great movie as well. The characters were fantastic and I can’t wait to read more from this author. 


"Winterset Hollow is of the most interesting books I've read in years...astonishingly powerful and multilayered!  It's like you're sitting on a long by a pleasant pond, dabbling your toes, and then you see a dark shape in the water...then another...and while you're holding your breath, suddenly you realize the log you're sitting on...is...moving!"
     — DIANA GABALDONNY Times bestselling author of Outlander

"Jonathan Edward Durham has crafted a masterwork of fiction that transcends its many sub-genres to become a monster of its own.  Compelling like a Stephen King thriller, but with all the emotional complexities of Lord of the Flies, Winterset Hollow is a must-read for anyone looking to be chilled to the bone!"
     — KJ FINNReaders' Favorite

"From start to finish, this book is an instant classic and one of the very best things I've ever read.  Winterset Hollow gets my highest recommendation, and if you're reading this, I hope this book finds a home on your shelf so that you can enjoy it for years and years to come."
     — STEVE STREDKendall Reviews

"Winterset Hollow is fast-paced, carefully plotted, and elevated at every turn by Durham's skillful character development and light-handed exposition.  In the end, it doesn't actually matter which reason causes readers to pick up Winterset Hollow, because few will be able to put it down."

"A symphonic masterpiece of literature...an exquisite blend of horror, suspense, and fantasy, Winterset Hollow is as wildly unique as it is unequivocally unforgettable!""
     — Nicky FlowersIndies Today

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