"Is there a love strong enough to defeat an ancient evil?"
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted October 29, 2012
Sarah Summers comes from a big family. There are seven
children plus her mother and father. They grew up in a
little town called Suncrest, which had a large forest that
should have been fun for all of the kids to play in, but it
wasn't. Something evil and deadly lived in that forest.
Something that killed. It particularly liked the blood of
children even though it would kill anything that came near it.
Over the years all of the Sarah's family died under strange
circumstances except for herself and her younger brother
Jimmy. Sarah had eventually married and moved far away from
Suncrest. Jimmy went on the road with a country and western
band. They both thought they could run away from the evil in
However, after ten years of marriage and a young son of her
own, Sarah is now divorced and has nowhere to go except back
to Suncrest. Her grandmother, who had died when Sarah was
just a child, has left her house to Sarah. Apparently no one
thought she needed to know this until now. She figures that
after so long, the house is probably just barely livable but
she has no other option. She and Jeremy, her son, need a
place to live, so it's off to Suncrest for them.
The first thing Sarah sees when they reach Suncrest is that
her old childhood house has burnt to the ground. Her first
instinct is that this was done to the house by people that
still lived there. Her family had been somewhat feared as
the years went by due to the odd and terrible things that
seemed to surround them.
Another thing about Sarah is that she's a bit of a psychic.
She has always just "known" things even if they're somewhat
random. Her visions aren't anything that she can control,
which tends to frustrate her. She had tried to use them for
good during her life but now she simply wants to be left
alone to start a new life with Jeremy. Yet, now that she's
back in Suncrest, she's having some very odd "feelings" and
they're not good.
While Sarah and Jeremy camp out at the house while working
on it, Jimmy arrives with Sarah's things from her old
apartment. He had gone to pick it up for her and drive it to
Suncrest. It seems had some car trouble on the road and a
very handsome and nice man stopped to help him. Ben is
actually a police detective in the area of Suncrest and is
quite taken with Sarah, although she seems to want nothing
to do with him.
Sarah wants only a new and normal life for herself and
Jeremy but that doesn't seem meant to be. Within a few days
of her return, the murders start again. Sarah feels guilty
because she's sure that it's her fault the thing has
reawakened. But she's not going to run away this time. If
there's a way to fight it, she will. What's the risk,
though? She'll do anything to protect Jeremy but does that
mean sacrificing her own life?
EVIL STALKS THE NIGHT draws you in and holds you in place
until the very end. It is a horror story, but at the same
time, it is a story of family and a love so strong that it
just might be the only thing that can stop the horrible
deeds committed by an unearthly atrocity so evil that
nothing has been able to stop it. This is a book not to be
missed by horror fans and I'll be hunting down more of
Kathryn Meyer Griffith's books now.
Twenty years ago psychic Sarah Summers fled from the evil
that lurked in the woods behind her childhood home after it
killed most of her family, but a nasty divorce and financial
hardships forced her back when nothing else could have. With
her son, Jeremy, she returns to her grandmother's
dilapidated house and tries to begin a new life. She meets a
police detective, Ben, who falls for her, and she prays her
fresh visions of bloodshed and death deep among the dark
trees are not true.
Then the murders begin again and Sarah is hurtled back into
the familiar nightmare that has haunted her her whole life.
The evil in the woods is awake again...and this time it
wants her last remaining brother, Jim; her son...and her.
With Ben and Jim's help can she defeat it this time...and live?
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