TAMER ANIMALS is one of those books that has been under the radar but should be on everyone’s TBR pile. There is a lot to love about this book, but there is one thing that I didn’t like. More on that later. Justin M. Woodward’s ability to create a world filled with great characters and one helluva dilemma is amazing. TAMER ANIMALS is a story that gives the Sawyers a run for their money.
Four high school friends decide to go camping down by the old Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge. Some say the area is haunted. Others say the Goatman (a local legend) prowls the area in search of its next victim. Legend has it, an old goat farmer was lynched by the Klan, but his body was never found. There have been several reports of a half-man and half-goat creature lurking in the woods. The four high schoolers go looking for the mythical creature. That’s when things go terribly wrong. The teens try to find refuge in the home of a deranged family. This particular family is utterly unhinged.
I didn’t want anything bad to happen to the main characters. I grew attached to them. TAMER ANIMALS is heart-wrenchingly brutal. My only aversion is the book ended too soon. I didn’t want to stop reading this one. TAMER ANIMALS is a brilliant concoction of nostalgia and savagery–two of my favorite things when it comes to horror.
TAMER ANIMALS is a turbulent thrill ride. Justin M. Woodward’s writing style is excellent. The story flows seamlessly. The ending is superb. I’m definitely going to read Woodward’s other work.
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