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Call the Dark

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This was an interesting adventure story. I wish there’d been more explanation about the magic/monster of the mountain. It was way too long however. I might read more by the author.

Thanks for the e-arc I received via NetGalley.

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Unifying elements of wilderness adventure, coming-of-age, and a thread of the supernatural into one narrative, The wide appeal of the atmospheric tension, full of suspense, in the novel clearly represents that of Scott's excellence. Highly recommended.

Thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for the copy.

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J. Todd Scott is a relatively new author on the scene and this is his best book to date.

A riveting, thunderous and pulsating tale set in the icy mountains. A real treat.

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I didn't care for this one. When I picked it up, I was expecting a tale of wilderness survival that might or might not include actual monsters. That's all buried in here somewhere. There are so many characters and the chapters switched between them so quickly that I only got brief glimpses of what was going on -- and there are a LOT of unrelated things going on here that somehow collide on the snowy mountainside.

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I absolutely love books with this premise. Plane crash. A lone survivor. Harsh weather and a lurking sinister presence. Don’t miss this book. Excellent!!

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Love J. Todd Scott's work, especially his series with law officer Chris Cherry. While this isn't my favorite of his novels, Scott's work always offers up plenty of violent poeticism, just beautiful writing on a sentence level. This one has a supernatural vibe, telling the story of a plane crash survivor and a enigmatic hiker who venture into the wilderness in a quest for survival. Interesting and worth a read.

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Call the Dark is a brilliantly dark thrilling novel. J Todd Scott continues to deliver amazing novel, one after another. Call the Dark is interesting and tense and a joy to read.

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Just not really for me. Nothing in particular was good or bad. Just sort of middle of the road. I’m not sure what else to add.

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A lean, mean survival/chase story about a group of disparate individuals who find themselves banding together to survive the elements and others. The novel does a good job being a few different genres mixed together: crime, thriller, horror, survival. Some might find that it's too much and so doesn't focus enough on any one element to make a full story. I would've liked more info on the more supernatural/horror elements. But much in the vein of The Gray or Wind River, it's a no nonsense, gritty tale where people make hard choices as a matter of course.

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I love the title of the book and the mystery of the cover and had high expectations for this one, but sadly my expectations fell short. I felt like there were many parts that lacked enough detail to keep me interested and fully invested. I did like that there was a "freak factor" to it and parts were very eerie, but I must say that I was confused not in the story itself as much as that too much of it made no sense to me or needed more questions that I had to be answered.

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Interesting story but I'd hoped for a bit more. The story was light on actual details. We never really get to explore the magic of the story and characters. It's more an adventure story and maybe survival. There were so many POV on the mountain, it was a bit confusing as to why we got all the bad guys POV along with the good. It made the story a bit jumbled with too many sides telling their story.

I did like the fight the good guys had to survive. I did like the showdowns and the interesting ways this group attempted to stay alive. I liked how the ending wrapped it all up, even if the ending made me sad.

A huge thank you to the author and publisher for providing an e-ARC via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion regarding the book.

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I enjoyed this! The ending was good and I like the writing style. I think it has really well developed characters and the suspense buildup is done really well. Overall, this was a great

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I love all books set in the appalachian mountains, especially survival thrillers with cryptids. That is my jam!
But this got coppish and that took away from the thrills for me.
The writing is beautiful.

Maggie though - I want to be Maggie. She is just living her best life out there in the mountains. If the book was all the Maggie and girl stuff I would have been besotted. I wouldn't have wanted it to end.

It was okay overall.

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I enjoyed this! The ending was good and I like the writing style. I think it has really well developed characters and the suspense buildup is done really well. Overall, this was a great book! Special Thank You to J. Todd Scott, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley for allowing me to read a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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There was a lot going on in this one! A plane crash in the Appalachian mountains; a woman who is up there literally hiding secrets, when she discovers a girl who should not have survived the crash; cops who are just cops, or retired cops, or fake cops; and eerie "White Things" roaming the wilderness that scare the Bejesus out of all the locals. It's a tense thriller as the good guys are trying to get the girl to safety in the middle of a blizzard, with all kinds of bad-asses on their tail. I liked it.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book.

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I had hoped this book would be something I’d enjoy, but not only could I not get into it, but it moved so slowly I don’t know how it could be considered a thriller. Honestly? I was bored. And a thriller set in the Applachians in the thick of winter involving vampires shouldn’t be boring. It shouldn’t be possible. Yet here we are.

The only redeeming thing about the whole book is Scott’s prose, which is incredibly evocative and full of the right weight for this book. I just wish the book itself would’ve been worthy of the prose.

I was provided a copy of this title by NetGalley and the author. All thoughts, opinions, views, and ideas expressed herein are mine and mine alone. Thank you. Personal policy dictates this review will not appear on social media due to receiving a rating of three stars or lower.

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When a small plane crashes in the wilderness, Maggie Roby is sure that no one could have survived the crash in the trees. She locates the plane and is shocked at the devastation to both the plane, the passengers and the area. To her amazement, there is one survivor, a young teenage girl, Luna. Is she really Luna? Was she really responsible for the plane crashing? What secrets is Maggie hiding as she is fleeing from those who want their revenge? With the help of the present and former sheriffs, can they escape those that are following them? A bit confusing at times, for me, with a touch of the paranormal. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (paytonpuppy)

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I enjoyed this book. I love the growth of the good characters throughout the book. The plot is interesting and kept me engaged throughout.

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There is so much to this book I don’t know how I can do a good summary what I will say is there is a little girl named Luna who is being transported to Washington DC because she possesses a supernatural talent and although I didn’t completely understand what exactly they wanted to do they were doing surgeries on her end she was highly valued by those who had her. Maya and her husband were financial bigwigs in dealt in big time cryptocurrency and what they called imaginative investing somehow they got mixed up with the wrong people and then one night there was an incident on their yacht and Mayas husband was nowhere to be found and she was on the run. Landry Walton lived on Black Mountain and he was the previous sheriff before Marcus Austin took over. Landry knew the history and every folk tail there was to tell about West Virginia and especially those involving the black mountains where he lost his wife and his son. Marcus Austin was a war hero and did seven tours of duty even left the bottom half of his leg on the battlefield. To say that didn’t stop him would be an understatement he was smart and took his duties seriously. So when a man came talking about a woman on the run that they needed to find to keep her safe from the bad men that were after her . Despite him having an ID saying his name was FBI agent Gram Marcus thought there was more to the story and although it looked like he was going to help the agent Marcus wanted to find out the whole story. The guy pretending to be agent Gram who is actually a missionary sent to hunt down Maggie because it was true she was being hunted by bad man the only thing he didn’t tell the sheriff was that he was hired by them because the first guy they hired never reported back and he would be found dead soon after agent grams arrival. Luna‘s plane crashes right where Maggie stopped to bury her loot and although Maggie thought there were no survivors before long she hears a scream this is the beginning of how everyone mentioned above finds theirself in a cat and mouse, life and death chase on side of a mountain in the middle of a blizzard only wait there’s more… there’s legends in West Virginia of White ghost and or monsters and it seems they can take host and piggyback on their evil nature this is how Connor roach and the man pretending to be Detective Gram who’s real name is Eckels find their self decaying from the inside out. Just an FYI Connor roach is also a missionary but he was working for the people who had Luna. Now having said that this is a great great book and although the ending is bittersweet and the book is long make sure you have time to read it because OMG besides all this there’s also a historical fiction story about the white ghost and how it plagued Landry‘s ancestors that was also just a great addition to the story. Which is awesome awesome and more awesome! I love this book I think this author is top notch in a great horror writer I have read other books by him and have loved them all. I want to thank Thomas and Mercer and NetGalley for my free arc copy please forgive any mistakes as I am blind and dictate my review.

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Apart from the title, which in my opinion is not apt (White things would have been more appropriate), this is a truly remarkable novel. Right from the start, the two parts of the plot, the one that is definitely a thriller and the one that fades into horror, are perfectly balanced, making the reader navigate with extreme pleasure between the snowy landscapes of West Virginia and the dark souls of the characters that inhabit it, with their secrets and unspeakable traumas. The characters and their evolution are the real strength of the novel, even those who have decidedly chosen evil. And those who survive to the end of the journey, achieving an unhoped-for normality, do so while carrying all the others in their hearts, having been nourished by their strengths and weaknesses.

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