Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff (Review & Giveaway)

Although I like thrillers, Grimm Woods is one of those books I wouldn't read because I don't like gory details in books. But Fil on my review team thought it would make for an interesting read because of the original plot and storyline, so he gave it a go. See his review below.

Book Details:

Book Title: Grimm Woods by D. Melhoff
Category: Adult Fiction, 384 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Bellwoods Publishing
Release date: December 2016
Tour dates: Feb 6 to March 3, 2017
Content Rating: R - The book is rated R for a few sex scenes (not explicit), mild drug use, cursing, and violence. The violence, while graphic and creative at times, is a core part of the story.

Book Description:

A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm's fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children's fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.

Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.

Buy the Book: Amazon

My Review:
Reviewed by Fil Piccolo

Melhoff writes a well-written thriller in this macabre novel titled Grimm Woods. A summer camp is the setting used by a killer to murder young counselors using original Grimm’s fairy-tale methods.

Fans of thrillers will find it appealing how Grimm's gruesome fairy tales are incorporated in the book for an entertaining read. And Melhoff’s well researched details of these fairy tales build heightened tension of every suspense scene making the book an easy page turner. The book flows from scene to scene without loss of the suspense. The addition of a run down 14th century-style summer camp made for an excellent scenic backdrop to the murders that take place.

The characters were well developed, with the hunted counselors facing the dilemma and tension among themselves of whether to save themselves or stay to protect the children they were responsible for. They had to find a way to outwit the killer in order to survive.

The story is definitely not for young teens (it's rated R) and I say, unless you like horror books, you may want to skip this one. However, for those looking for a good tale that incorporates dark details of the original fairy tales this might be what you are looking for.

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Disclosure from Fil Piccolo: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

About the Author:

D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror. For more information, visit

Connect with the author: Book Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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  1. Anything Grimms Rumpelstiltskin comes to mind.

  2. I love Beauty and the Beast! Retellings are always fun.

  3. My favorite fairy tale is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Heather Dixon wrote a really good retelling of the story called Entwined which I loved! Retellings are so much fun!

  4. I love thrillers, but it's hard to find any that don't have gory details :( This one sounds gory, but very intriguing. Definitely adding it to my TBR list.

    1. Favorite fairy tale? Hm, probably Beauty and the Beast as well. I especially love the animated Disney version :)

  5. My favourite fairy tale is the Seven Swans because it has a strong girl protagonist.


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