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    A fun read!

    Wow! I ended up enjoying this book a lot. I was in the mood for something a little different with a bit of blood and freaky stuff and this book filled that need perfectly. This story kept me guessing and I found it really hard to put down once all the weird stuff started happening. I ended up reading most of it in a single night. This is the story of the Bancroft neighborhood. The neighborhood has that one house that is causing everyone trouble and Ben happens to live next door. The woman who lives at the problem house has created a bit of an animal problem for the entire area. She nursed raccoons back to health in her house, fed every bird in the area, and created a huge rat infestation. When she dies, you would think that things would get better but it doesn't. Ben's large dog, a 90 pound greyhound, is killed in his own backyard by an animal, possibly a cougar. This event starts a chain of events that will terrorize the entire neighborhood. This story started out strong and really stayed strong throughout the story. There was a lot of action with quite a few bloody moments to keep things interesting. I will admit that I was really wondering where everything was going in the story which is a huge plus. I just love a book that is unpredictable and keeps me guessing. Some of the weird things that happen in this story are outside the realm of what would be considered normal. I thought that the characters in this book were strong and likable. I think that anyone who owns a house in a neighborhood has that one house on the block that drives everyone crazy. Let me tell you...that house is a palace compared to the Bancroft house. I think that Ben has done much better than I ever could have with his next door neighbor. I did like how the author showed how the stress had had an impact on Ben. Lindsay works for the National Zoo and specializes in big cats. Her job and the way she deal with the situation were very well done in the story. I really enjoyed this author's writing. The pacing of the story was well done with lots of excitement. The story seemed to flow together very nicely. The characters were average people and I found myself chuckling at their dialog at times. I love how the author worked a few movie lines into the story sometimes tweaking them to make it work. All in all this book was just a lot of fun. I would highly recommend this book to others. It has just the right blend of horror, unexplained events, and even a few comical moments to keep the pages turning. This is the first book by Bill Schweigart that I have had a chance to read. I look forward to other book in the future from this author. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Hydra via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
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    Gave Me Goosebumps

    What can I say about a book that gave me goosebumps and kept me from sleeping? It starts out so ordinary and slowly drags the reader into a shadow realm where an unstoppable beast reigns supreme. So much of the book is very real, including the characters and their interactions. Having lived for a time on Arlington Ridge, I was struck by my familiarity with the locations and the accuracy of the descriptions. The story is great, and ends on enough of a question mark to encourage further reading. This is a great book and a keeper.
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    Terrific, Fast-Paced Horror Story

    Thank goodness I know my neighbors well; otherwise, The Beast of Barcroft might well have left me cowering behind locked doors and drawn blinds. This terrific, fast-paced horror story was hard to put down, so I was delighted to discover that it may be the launch of a new series featuring not only traumatized suburbanite Ben McKelvie, but also National Zoo great cat curator Lindsay Clark, Native American indigenous studies expert Alex Standingcloud, and eccentric (is there any other kind?) cryptozoologist Richard Severance. What prevented The Beast of Barcroft from earning five stars was its relative lack of character development, particularly with respect to Standingcloud and Severance, who clearly have a relationship predating the events in this novel. I look forward to them acquiring more depth in the sequel, Northwoods, which is scheduled for publication in February, 2016. I received a free copy of The Beast of Barcroft through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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    Good story, good characters

    An enjoyable read with lots of unexpected twists and turns. It has a good story, characters you can relate to, and an easy ti read wrting style. Only problem waz loise ends sub par wrap up with regards to 2 characters.
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