Into the Woods (Anomaly Hunters, Book One)

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 reviews
An Anomaly Hunters book. Teenagers Calvin Beckerman and Cynthia Crow unofficially investigate Cynthia’s little sister Emily’s disappearance. They soon join forces with Robert May, an elderly anomaly investigator who is convinced the disappearance has paranormal aspects. The group's hunt for the truth uncovers a mysterious force that will change their lives--and the world--forever. 98,000 words. More

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Alysa H reviewed on on Aug. 10, 2016

Surprisingly well-written and copy-edited for a self-published novel, this book has an interesting story and a good cast of characters. Volpe could be an Indy author to watch, and I plan to check out more of his work.

That being said, this book would greatly benefit from a firmer editorial hand. The balance between the self-contained plot and the set-up for future installments feels a bit off and relies too much on as-yet unexplained phenomena and backstory infodumps... with a possible mythological Native American connection (blech, I hate when books use that as a catch-all for paranormal happenings). It's also quite jarring that the multiple points-of-view swing so extremely: the majority of the point-of-view characters are teens and preteens, and the overall tone and writing level would lead one to think this is solidly a YA novel, but then there's also a creepy adult pedophile in whose rather graphic sexual thoughts we spend a considerable amount of time. This makes it hard to figure out who the intended audience is supposed to be. Certainly a limited one.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
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