Garden Grove is a trip back in time to the days of Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Sterling. The setting, a seemingly idyllic housing development under construction, is portrayed with a sense of dread, as if something is very wrong there. Author L. V. Gaudet has a talent for overshadowing the scenery with tension and it plays well into the story. Strange things are happening to stop the project – in some cases the consequences are deadly - and with a cast of suspicious characters the reader is kept guessing as to who is guilty and who is being framed. This tale is a reminder of how easily people can fall victim to their imagination. Was there a monster, a malevolent power waiting to escape and wreak havoc … or were the players so consumed by shame, folklore and superstition that they could not see past their own fear? As with Hitchcock and Sterling the reader must ultimately decide.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)