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School’s out for summer, and that means one thing to Parker, Chloe, and their four friends: a well-deserved camping trip in the Pine Barrens, a million-acre forest deep in the heart of New Jersey. But when old grudges erupt, an argument escalates into the unthinkable, leaving one of them dead and the killer missing. As darkness descends and those left alive try to determine a course of action, the forest around them begins to change....

In the morning, more of the group has vanished and the path that led them into the woods is gone - as if consumed by the forest itself. Lost and hungry, the remaining friends set out to find help, only to realize that the forest seems to have other plans - a darker, ancient horror lies dead and dreaming in a lake in the center of the woods. And it’s calling to them. 

Meanwhile, deep in the trees, the killer is still at large, and one of the group’s own has started to transform and warp into something other. Something inhuman. Something that wants to feast. 

Banding together to survive, the friends soon begin to understand the true nature of the horror waiting for them in the Pine Barrens - and that not all of them will make it out alive.

©2020 Matthew Lyons (P)2020 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • Jeffrey veals
  • 02-02-21

I just.... I just don't know...

Either I am stupid and just didn't get the point of this one or this was one of the dumbest books I've ever read. It had SO much potential and there were things that I did enjoy about it, but I just will not be able to give it a positive review.

'The Night Will Find Us' tells the story of a group of friends (Chloe, Parker, Adam, Nicky, Nate, and Josh) who decide to take a summer trip to the woods. The idea was suggested by Parker, who lost his father a while back, and has now become distant with his friends; unfortunately, his friends to the same to him, because they don't know how to treat him with his severe depression. After a surprise pull of a revolver and shot from one of these friends, there is a dead body and the shooter runs. If this was the only problem, the solution would be simple, but the forest is alive and everything becomes more complicated as the friends separate by accident or on purpose and have various terrible things happen to them....

So, there was a lot in the story that I really liked. The supernatural aspects were really interesting, but I felt like it merely scratched the surface of what was possible for this story. There were flashbacks of a time in the 17th century and I honestly don't even understand completely why it was included. I get it in some ways, but things didn't connect like they should have. Also, there were a lot of moments where the characters acted like the dumb kids from 80's horror movies (like when you shout at the screen, "DON'T GO IN THE BASEMENT" and they do). There could be something deeper to Mr. Lyons book, but I just can't really say that I enjoyed this one and, if there was a deeper meaning, then it is nearly impossible to connect the dots.

The book will receive a C- from me, but the narrator, David Bendena, did a pretty good job, so he gets an A-.

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  • Dale
  • 08-11-20

Not enough victims, great otherwise.

very atmospheric, emotionally detailed and full of visceral horror. verging on Lovecraftian. Would love to see a sequel or something of the sort.

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  • Michael
  • 01-11-20

One Of The Best Horror Novels Of 2020

The Night Will Find Us is one of the best horror novels I've read this year. Matthew Lyons creates his own nightmare world in the Pine Barrons of New Jersey. A group of young campers discover the monsters of this forest when one of the campers commits murder among his friends, an act that triggers the evil that dwells within the big woods.

The writing is of the quality of horror greats like Andy Davidson and Nick Cutter. Don't miss out on this killer novel of terror.

5 Stars*****

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  • Justin
  • 18-11-20

Not my favorite, but was decent enough

While it was decent overall, I found myself just thinking what is the actual point? Is literally everyone going to die and that's just all? Gory detail after gory detail got to be a bit too much and way overdone at times. Just as I was thinking that the book was wrapping up and somehow I had listened to over 10 hours of audio, I look down to see how much time was remaining, there was still five hours left. So I'm thinking to myself there is no way there are still five hours left. What in the world could this author possibly write about where 5 more hours was still needed? I was ready to just call it quits and pretend that everyone died and that was it. But, I pressed on.

With that being said, I must add that the way the last hour or so tied the whole book together was nice. It helped make sense of some of the confusion I had throughout the book. The significance of the tree changing in meaning was definitely a nice touch that I enjoyed. Last note, the readers "girl" voice literally made me laugh out loud at times. He did an amazing job with expressing the overall feel and emotions that were present. His voice didn't lull me to sleep, which is always a plus!

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  • Michelle Miller
  • 23-07-21

Great book with a great story

I enjoyed how the book unfolded- the author left the reader really guessing till the end what was going to happen. The book was full of twists and complex characters with their own set of issues and demons that further the events that unfold. Great story over all.

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  • Berserk
  • 01-03-21

Good but not really great

I liked the story and I really liked the lovecraft influence and horror aspects. However, it really has a more slow pace and more than a few loose ends.

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  • Kendall miller
  • 02-07-21

Ehh it was alright

I feel like this story could have been really really good if the author had expanded on all of the mysteries beneath the lake and the priest and what it really was. It felt like a cheap horror movie trying to be a great one but coming off as just lacking in crucial insights into what created the situation in the first place.