Book Review: Essex Valley: A Quiet, Nice Little Town

Title: Essex Valley: A Quiet, Nice Little Town

Author: R.T. Graham





Life always has surprises, and everyone has secrets… except some could be deadly.

After personal tragedy strikes Sheriff’s Captain Evan Spicer and his teenage daughter, Stevie, he accepts a new job, sells their Seattle home, and moves them to the tiny town of Essex Valley, California. Anticipating a smooth transition, Evan instead discovers things are not as he expected. Unusual people, peculiar situations and strange occurrences soon leave him wondering whether he’s made a huge mistake.

Will Evan regret uprooting his daughter from the only home she’s ever known? Does someone sinister lurk in the deep redwood hollow they call Essex Valley?

A gripping, suspenseful thriller with twists and turns and a captivating story line, “Essex Valley: A Quiet, Nice Little Town” will grab your interest from page one and keep you guessing until the end.

“A quiet, nice little town,” they all said…




My review

4/5 Stars

A classic page turning read about a quiet, small town with a dark secret. I think the thig I loved the most about this book was the simplicity. Although I could predict what was going to happen, it kept me reading because of the way the story was laid out. The main characters, Evan and Stevie, his 14-year-old daughter, are struggling to recover from their recent loss when they move to Essex with the hope of starting life over. Like a classic horror movie, the home they move into is filthy and old and requires a lot of work but Evan tries to keep their spirits high. However, strange things begin to happen then Stevie finds herself staring danger in the face.

The way that Evan and Stevie were written had me rooting for them across the book, even in the beginning when Stevie seemed like a typical whiny teenager. The father, daughter relationship was both realistic and frustrating at times but it was a refreshing approach. This book is definitely recommended for anyone looking for a “horror movie” chill down their back.

Published by Author Kayla Krantz

Proud author responsible for Dead by Morning and The Council, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem and some faint remnants of the works of Edgar Allen Poe. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.

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