Campfire by Shawn Sarles
While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims’ foreheads.
The next day, the story comes true.
Now Maddie and her family are lost in the deep woods–with no way out–being stalked by their worst nightmares. Because there were other, more horrifying stories told that night–and Maddie’s about to find out just how they end…
I am so impressed with the books from James Patterson Presents so far. I’ve loved everyone that I’ve read. Add Campfire to that list now, too.
This was such a fun book for me and is perfect for fall/Halloween reading. I love teen horror movies and this really reminded me of them. I loved that there were campfire stories told within the story. They were creepy and really added to the spooky feel for the book.
There are quite a few characters in the book, but they all don’t have big story lines. Maddie lost her mom in a fire when she was younger. She gained a best friend when that happened. Chelsea and Maddie are like sisters and are always there for each other. Chelsea has a huge crush on Maddie’s brother, Charlie, but he’s dating a family friend. Charlie is getting ready to go to college on a baseball scholarship and he decided he wanted his family to all go camping together first.
Their guide, Caleb, is young and attractive. Maddie crushes on him a lot. He knows the woods well and has been great. They decide to tell some scary stories at night around the campfire. That’s when things start to go bad. Things from the stories start happening in real life. People are dying and no one knows who is responsible. The family members start fighting and accusing each other. The radio was smashed and they have to hike for days back to safety. Not everyone will make it back. Things start coming out about the family members. Secrets that are current, but also from the past. Most of them are hiding things.
This book had me guessing on the killer until the end. I really enjoyed the woods setting. Who doesn’t get creeped out in the woods late at night? The campfire tales really added to the feel of the book. There is some violence/murder throughout the book, so please be aware when reading. If you don’t like horror, you probably won’t enjoy this. But I found this to be super fun and a quick read.
I gave Campfire 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 on goodreads). I read my finished hardcover copy (not an arc).
Have you read Campfire? Do you enjoy horror movies and books? What are some of your favorites? Do books set in the woods freak you out?