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Deep in the Darkness by Michael Laimo

Deep in the Darkness (edition 2004)

by Michael Laimo

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Title:Deep in the Darkness
Authors:Michael Laimo
Info:Leisure Books (2004), Mass Market Paperback
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Deep In The Darkness by Michael Laimo



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Dr. Michael Cayle moves from the city with his wife and young daughter to set up a private practice in the small town of Ashborough, New Hampshire. His new home is a half mile away from his nearest neighbor and the woods beyond his house seem to stretch on forever. He thinks his biggest problem will be trying to adjust to a new, quieter, slower pace of life, after always living in the city. Little does he know that he has bigger problems awaiting him beyond in those deep woods, where glowing golden eyes seem to be looking out at him and his family from the darkness of the woods.

This was a very enjoyable horror story that would make almost anyone afraid to live near the woods. I liked the main character Michael, and the story is written in his 1st person POV. It was interesting getting into his head and living out his terror and worst nightmares with him. The Isolates that lived out in the woods were horrifying little creatures. Very entertaining, disturbing, creepy, bloody and gruesome story. I never knew what to expect next. ( )
  PaulaLT | Jan 18, 2016 |
This was an interesting book. There were many times late at night as I read this book that it gave me chills and honestly frightened me a bit. It was however pretty predictable and I had most of it figured out early on. It did not however end how I had envisioned and was really quite depressing. But overall an enjoyable read. ( )
  harpua | Sep 11, 2008 |
Deep in the Darkness, at its heart, is a city folks move to a small town to get away from the stress and dangers that are part and parcel of life in the city. It seem that the “way” of all horror of this type is that ultimately the stress and danger of city life has NOTHING on the dangers lurking in this seemingly quite small town and its surrounding woods. The focus of the novel is the Cayle family (Dr. Michael Cayle; his wife, Christine; and Jessica, their daughter) and their seeming good luck of finding an existing country practice with a town in serious need of a regular (and exclusively theirs) doctor. What at first seems to be their incredible good luck, quickly becomes something else entirely…something the whole town knows about and which they conspire to draw the Cayle family into. Deep in the Darkness has an interesting premise with a seriously creepy vibe yet somehow manages to fall short of being a great read. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it…but the amount of disbelief I had to suspend really kept Deep in the Darkness from being the book it wanted to be.

Overall, Deep in the Darkness has good bones and great creep factor but ultimately doesn’t deliver…especially at the end, I was a little disappointed with the ending (it felt like a cop out). I give it three stars; Laimo successfully takes the reader on a journey from YEA RIGHT…to holy cow in this supernatural horror novel and best of all, it’s a quick read (I read it in one evening…about 4 hours)!! I’d definitely read more by this author despite my disappointments with this particular book…he’s got a twisted take on the world that is an enjoyable part of his work. ( )
  the_hag | Jul 5, 2008 |
To quote Grandpa Simpson, "I've coughed up scarier stuff than that!"

A book this size I would generally finish in 24 hours. This one took seven days. Each time I put it down I had to make myself pick it back up. The last few chapters picked up the pace but I was still left to re-read several pages lest I had missed something -- which I hadn't but the story certainly was.

The protag was strong, then wimped out at the end. Defeated? Okay, but why not go out in a blaze of glory like this character's character indicated? I was going to rate this book a 3 but the wimp-out at the end merits nothing but a 2. ( )
  Scaryguy | Nov 6, 2007 |
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When Doctor Michael Cayle moves into the small town of Ashborough with his wife Christine and daughter Jessica, he thinks that this move is for the best. Bringing his young family away from the big city seems to be just the right thing to do. So he moves into town, taking the practice of the recently departed doctor and hopes for the best.

Unfortunately, everything that goes wrong does and, soon enough, Michael seems to be standing knee-deep in a nightmare come true. Nothing is at it seems in Ashborough. Secrets is the only rule of the game. Something dwells in the woods, something old, something that rules the town with its darkness. What seems to be nothing more than a legend at first turns out to be the horrible reality. Soon enough, Michael and his family are trapped in a nightmare so horrible, so terrifying that their very lives are being threatened.
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