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Coombe's Wood

Coombe's Wood [Kindle Edition]

Lisa C. Hinsley
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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    Product Description

    Product Description

    Top ten occult and mythology UK best seller.

    Izzy Santana and her 13-year-old son Connor move into a Reading Council-provided flat in the sleepy village of Cedham. Locals darkly warn her to stay away from nearby Coombe’s Wood, hinting first at elves, then at multiple murders… which may or may not have taken place in the woods hundreds of years ago. It’s all ludicrously superstitious, and Izzy is so delighted to have found a haven for her son – after being threatened by her sadistic ex-partner George – that she takes little notice.

    She meets a neighbour who seems kindly, if a trifle fey, and who takes a great interest in her son. Connor seems instantly comfortable with him. She begins to feel as if she is also falling under his spell. But Connor is bullied at school, and one night she finds herself tracking those bullies in the wood, where she believes they are waiting for him. She doesn’t find them, but something closes in on her – something that sounds like a savage animal. As she runs she realises she may have been set up – or Connor was – to be caught by whatever the animal was. She strengthens the barricades in her flat, no longer puts all the local tales about ‘danger in them woods’ down to superstition, and even begins to wonder about the way she was selected by the Reading Council officer to live in the village in the first place.

    Then a slit rabbit turns up on her doorstep, along with a distinctive cigarette butt, and she knows George has found her. Desperately compassionate, her neighbour calls the police, who turn up next day, harumph the ceiling, and take the attitude: You’ve not been attacked, then, Miss? You haven’t actually seen him? Why, if your ex-lover has tracked you down, do you suppose he would he dump a rabbit at your door…? Her own question, more urgent, is: if George can get in the front door of the building, can he get into her flat?

    What Izzy needs to do is protect Connor. She has already started to uncover the ancient secrets of the village, and now she works out the perfect way to get rid of George… for good.

    Publishers Weekly review 2009
    In this suspenseful story, strange characters and unnerving legends punctuate one woman’s desperate attempt to flee from her abusive ex-boyfriend by escaping to the English countryside. With little more than an old Toyota and a pair of suitcases, Izzy and her son Connor head to the tiny village of Cedham, where Connor’s father disappeared years before. Izzy, fearful and mistrustful, soon meets the gently protective neighbors and hears stories of elves, ghosts and the monster stalking the nearby woods. Though warned against visiting the woods, Izzy gives into the pull she feels toward the dark woods with a long terrifying history. Deeply-held Cedham traditions add depth to a familiar set-up and offer the additional mystery of whether these stories could be true—or are they the delusions of a paranoid woman on the run? Nicely done.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 467 KB
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002TSAORU
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Lisa C Hinsley's career has been varied, working as an architectural technician, a pet sitter, a pharmacy supervisor and most recently a carer/companion for elderly ladies, all the while writing when she can. Born in Portsmouth in 1971, Lisa grew up in England, Scotland, and America. She now lives on the Wirral, in northwest England, with her husband, three children, and four cats.

    Lisa's novels Plague and The Ultimate Choice have featured regularly on the UK Amazon bestsellers charts and are now published in the USA by Simon & Schuster.

    Twitter: @lisachinsley

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for a sequel 13 Mar 2011
    By Joy
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I really enjoyed this left me wanting to know what happens next to the characters...always a good sign. I did feel, as another reviewer mentioned, that there could have been more information about the elves...I felt I wanted to know more about them, especially about Connor's father and their relationships with humans. But all in all a good read...from when I started it, I didn't want to put it down....I look forward to there being a sequel.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 9 Mar 2011
    By Looby
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I enjoyed this book from the start.
    Downtrodden woman and her son rebuilding their lives, with danger, intrigue, fantasy and the hope of romance thrown in - good stuff!
    Izzy's letter to her Mother didn't sit right for me and there were some things that I didn't feel were followed through but I'm hoping this means there will be more in store for these characters in future books.
    Would I recommend it? Definitely!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Izzy and her son, Connor, are the characters driving the story and the realistic development of these characters in particular makes a fine counterpoint to the fantasy elements as they appear. The spooky wood of the title may also be considered a viable character, such is its influence on the plot.
    There's much to commend here. The author allows herself free rein in the outpourings of a formidable imagination. This is more than a light, airy fantasy peopled by elves. There are real issues: domestic violence, a stalking abuser, all rooted very strongly in reality. If you enjoy a melange of stark realism, Izzy and her pursuing husband, interspersed with fantasy elements, you'll love Coombe's Wood.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars suprisingly good 28 April 2012
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    once I read the word elves I thought oh no this will be rubbish but its not its suprisingly good and the elf parts in the book are good. Theres a monster in the woods this reminded me of the hound of the baskerviles and the elves look like ordinary people, but mainly its about a woman who moves house to escape being stalked by her violent ex but guess what.........he finds her.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, if flawed 8 Mar 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I did quite enjoy this book as the writing style was fluid, engaging and moved along at a decent pace. However, the problem I had with it is that the elves seemed to exist merely as a device to move the plot along. There was very little information or background given about them, even after the revelation that they were connected to Izzy and her family, and they only popped up to get her out of trouble or, apropos of nothing, teach her some elven tricks which, surprise surprise, happened to come in oh so very handy at the climax of the novel. Even the "secret" of the woods itself was not really explored in any detail and I felt was used, for the most part, to achieve the end result. I apologise if this sounds vague but I don't want to include any spoilers. Feathers, I thought, was an odd character. I kept expecting him to turn sinister - which may have been more interesting - but he ended up being rather bland and purposeless.

    Despite all this, as I said, it's a decent enough read so many may enjoy it.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Coombe's Wood- well worth the read 30 Jan 2011
    By Pammie
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    After seeing this novel advertised on many Indie threads, I really enjoyed it. I took the characters to my heart and was sorry when it was over. I'm not going to describe the story and content here as I think reviews that do that take something away from the excitement of discovery in a new download. Just to say, well done, Lisa. For anyone looking for a great read, this was not only that, but an absolute bargain and I look forward to your next work. Cheers, Pam. :-)
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    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An Ancient Secret in Coombe's Wood 23 Nov 2010
    Format:Kindle Edition
    The book starts innocently enough. Fleeing an abusive relationship, Izzy seeks to move from a shelter to a home with her son Connor. But eerie elements are quickly introduced and the reader knows this is no ordinary story. First they find mysterious writing behind the wallpaper in Connor's new room. Then villagers warn them to stay out of nearby Coombe's Wood. Izzy and Connor make friends and Izzy finds work. The telling of the ordinary day to day of their activities makes a good contrast with the creepiness of the environment and the events that soon begin. Izzy learns why she should stay out of the woods, but she's not sure whether to believe the locals. Then George, her ex, finds her and the stalking begins. George is a psychopath and Izzy is in fear for her life. At the end of the story, however, she finds a way to deal with George.

    Coombe's Wood is hard to put down once you start reading. Author Lisa Hinsley has skillfully woven the mystery of Izzy's past with the supernatural elements of Coombe's Wood to create a gripping read.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars a potent mix 20 Mar 2011
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    This is a difficult book to categorise; vividly realistic in the depiction of single motherhood, fear of an abusive partner, mistrust of everyone and adjustment to new circumstances seems to indicate a domestic thriller. Yet the elements of unreality; the elves, the monster in the woods, the ability to fast-walk lift this into a different category.

    The strange little village of gossip and cats is perfectly drawn so that we, like Izzy, cannot decide if it's charming or sinister. And the wood has a personality, and a history, all its own.
    The book unsettled me and gave me goosebumps. I read it in one sitting. Not only did I have to know what happened next, but I also wanted to discover whether the world really was as it seemed to be through our narrator's eyes. I kept wondering, and still am, how reliable a narrator Izzy - a damaged individual - truly is. How much of her story is true and how much her imagination?

    My only quibble is that the author could have gone further and deeper with some of the themes. Elements in Izzy's letters to friends and parents and her own irrational decisions show an unstable personality, but that is never fully explored. This is a powerful and exciting book but seemed to end very abruptly with some questions left unanswered.

    Perhaps there is a sequel to come.
    I hope so. Hinsley can certainly spin a yarn and I'll be watching out for more.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
    This was an excellent book that had me hooked from the first page. I found the main characters intriguing and the story kept me riveted all the way through. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by Eliza Hope
    4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read with an interesting storyline.
    I downloaded this as a freebie the other night and read it in one sitting. I have to admit I skim-read some of it and skipped parts because I wanted to get to the end and find out... Read more
    Published 21 months ago by banana_the_poet
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts
    Having previously read, and been impressed by, 'Plague' by the same author, I was keen to try her other works. Read more
    Published 22 months ago by Ruby T
    2.0 out of 5 stars Content of Coombe's wood
    rather a big build up though somewhat boring to a not very exciting climax disappointing read would not look for titles by this author again
    Published 23 months ago by Mrs. Y. J. Winston-lawford
    2.0 out of 5 stars slow story with lots of aspecs skimmed over
    disappointed that so much remained unclarified, Joseph was mentioned almost in passing, the elves vague and the ending a bit wishy washy. Read more
    Published on 30 May 2011 by ItsAllyMcMental
    3.0 out of 5 stars Decent horror story, spoilt by silly elves
    Coombe's Wood is a highly readable and well-paced novel. Hinsley builds up a powerfully creepy atmosphere which makes the novel a real page turner as one scene moves effortlessly... Read more
    Published on 2 April 2011 by Oracle
    1.0 out of 5 stars A plodder
    I have to disagree with other reviewers. I found this book tedious in the extreme. The characters are two-dimensional, the plot plods along and the writing reminds me of a... Read more
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