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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Horror Review - Lakebridge: Autumn by Natasha Troop

With Lakebridge: Autumn, the third volume of her Lakebridge Cycle, Natasha Troop delivers another character-driven thriller that is as entertaining in its telling as it in its story. Natasha has comfortable mastery of the English language that she's not embarrassed to let flow onto the page. Her books have an almost 'classic' sort of feel to them, and it's largely due to the fact that she gives her readers credit, and doesn't try to placate them with a mass market sort of approach.

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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About the Author

Natasha Troop grew up in Southern California and currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her spouse, son, daughter and menagerie of pets, including a Basset named Moose and a very overprotective collie dog. What currently surprises her more than anything about her life is how much of it is just sitting there on Google, there for the taking. This scares her more than anything. The Internet never forgets.

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About the Book

Title: Lakebridge: Autumn
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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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review and for hosting my tour today!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Natasha - it was our pleasure.

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