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The Dead of Winter by A.B. Gibson - Book Tour & Review

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Four young professionals pick the wrong weekend to visit a popular Pumpkin Patch Bed and Breakfast. It’s the last day of the season, and the weather and the farm are picture-perfect. Ma and Pa Winter are the consummate hosts, and they immediately win over Dillon, Tara, Josh and Julia with their homespun authenticity. Like the thousands of other visitors to Winters Farm and Orchard, the four are eager to pick apples and pumpkins and take the challenge of the Giant Corn Maze. But Ma Winter has other plans. A scary moonlight hayride spirals into a frantic twenty-four hours of deception and mayhem, and the group find themselves unwilling participants in a horrific family tradition.  

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My Review
The Dead of Winter is a standalone novel in the Appalachian Trail Murder Mysteries series. It's a pretty straightforward horror novel that follows four friends as they take a break from life to hang out at a B&B in the middle of nowhere. Said B&B is also a popular tourist attraction because of the spooky hayride and giant corn maze they offer. Unfortunately for the four friends, their time at the B&B isn't going to be as fun or relaxing as they expected it to be.
I have to say, while the story itself is kind of cliche in terms of the theme (group in middle of nowhere being terrorized by a bunch of hillbilly weirdos), I found myself enjoying the overall story. It's ridiculous and campy, but not in a bad way. It's pretty easy to figure out what's going to happen, although there are a few interesting twists and turns throughout the story.
I can't say I really cared for any of the characters. They were all stereotypically naive and didn't catch on as quickly as they should have. But I will give props to both Tara and Dillon. They were both a little more resilient than I expected them to be.
I could absolutely see this being a made for TV horror film, or perhaps an episode of some horror-esque TV anthology. It would definitely be entertaining to watch.
While The Dead of Winter was a bit fast in terms of pacing, and the way it played out was a bit cliche for the horror genre, I liked the idea behind it. 
I'm a sucker for haunted attractions and corn mazes and things of that nature, so I enjoyed it mainly for the setting. And because I could imagine it as a movie. And the cover is pretty awesome.
 It was a fun little Halloween read. Perfect for this month. 
3.5 stars from me.

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