Title: Backwoods Medicine
Author: Anna Willet
At Mabel House, even the destitute have something to lose.
Stranded, miles from anywhere and broke, Tommy Brass accepts a lift from two elderly women. When the women offer Tommy a few days’ work at an isolated hospital, it seems like his luck has changed. Only Mable House isn’t like other hospitals and Tommy soon finds himself experiencing strange symptoms. It seems a few days at the backwoods hospital may cost him the one thing he values more than life itself.
Backwoods Medicine is a haunting prequel to Backwoods Ripper
Tommy isn’t a very likeable character. That becomes apparent from the very first page with how he disrespects the women around him, leading up to him being thrown out onto the streets. I wanted to feel sorry for him at that point until it became clear that he walked out on his wife for being pregnant.
That being said, I read with interest, curious to see if he would ever reconcile with his wife. Instead, Tommy finds himself in a situation that he might not be able to run away from.
Chilling and full of suspense, this short read was an excellent hook, and even though I haven’t read any other works by this author, I am definitely considering picking up Backwoods Ripper to see what else she has in store for the world she’s created in this story.