Once again, we come into the story from outside the town, hitching a ride with another family road trip destined to lose its way at the "entirely useless and very creepy" world famous Lakebridge. It's a daring way to start a tale, taking us so deeply inside the thoughts and emotions of a family who won't live beyond the bridge, but that's the kind of dedication you'll find in Natasha's work. Everybody and everyone, no matter how fleeting their time upon the page, is fully established.
Readers who are unfamiliar with the first two books may find themselves playing catch-up at first, and may miss some of the significance behind events, but it won't take long to become as fully invested in the tale as a readers who've crossed the Lakebridge before. Of course, just as you're beginning to figure things out . . . just as you find yourself enjoying the comfortably quirky small-town tale . . . Natasha diverts us back into the strange, dark mythology behind it all, shocking us with the horror disguised beneath its surface. The confrontation between Francis and Gil is more akin to something you'd find in an epic fantasy than a horror novel, but that's part of what makes this series so unique - like the Lakebridge itself, it's bigger on the inside that it appears, and it crossed worlds.
Personally, as much as I enjoyed Spring and Summer, I feel Autumn is the strongest entry in the series so far. It achieves that perfect balance between the character-driven first volume and the mythology-driven second volume, meshing the two into a book that should, if there is any justice, turn Lakebridge into something of a cult phenomenon. If you're looking for something more than mindless disposable horror, and like the idea of a book you'll linger over late into the night, and then think about all the next day, then step into Natasha Troop's world and find out what lies beyond the Lakebridge.
(special thanks to Sally for bringing her love of Lakebridge to today's guest review)
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Series: The Lakebridge Cycle, Vol. 3
Author: Natasha Troop
Publication Date: March 17, 2014
Genre: Horror Fantasy
The town of Stansbury, Vermont has survived over four hundred years of tragic events. The town survived because the otherworldly beings and powerful humans that have always controlled the lives of the people willed them to forget each terrible event. As the bloody conflict between those forces has been raging, the people have stopped forgetting. Fear and grief have replaced peaceful ignorance and the powers that be no longer care. In Lakebridge: Autumn, Stansbury will fall.
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