Dagger Hill
Devon Taylor
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 17th 2021
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult

Stranger Things meets One of Us Is Lying in this creepy paranormal mystery about four friends who find themselves hunted by a malevolent presence in their sleepy hometown.

It knows your fear…

Summer, 1989. Four best friends—Gabe, Kimberly, Charlie, and Sonya—are preparing for their last summer together before senior year, after which they’ll all be splitting up to start college in different parts of the country. They make a promise to always find their way back to each other, no matter how far away from their sleepy Pennsylvania hometown they get.

But their plans are destroyed when a plane crashes right on top of their favorite hangout outside of town—and right on top of them.

In the catastrophic aftermath of the incident, Gabe, Sonya and Charlie are plagued by eerie visions and messages from an unknown watcher. They soon realize that the plane crash was no accident, and now they are being hunted by a sinister presence. And everyone is still searching for Kimberly, who has been missing ever since Gabe saw somebody wearing a gas mask carry her out of the woods the day the sky fell down on them…

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My Review
Dagger Hill is a YA paranormal mystery, set at the end of the 80s, that follows four friends in a small town as their lives change forever one summer. What seems like a normal break before their senior year of high school turns into a horrifying disaster that will leave these friends fighting not only to stay together, but also for their lives. 
This was a fun story. It's definitely got a Stranger Things vibe, and that's one thing that immediately drew me in. Plus, the cover is pretty great. And I've read the Soul Keepers series by the author and enjoyed those, so I was excited to dive into this one. I can't say I was disappointed.
The book starts off with a rather horrifying scene, and it just sort of spirals from there. After a plane crashes right on top of the four friends, things get weirder and weirder, escalating as time goes on, and if they don't figure out what is going on and stop it before it's too late, well...
I loved the nostalgia factor of the story as well. Even with all of the streaming services out there nowadays, there was just something special about going to a video rental store. There's one in the story, and it reminded me how much I miss those days of Blockbusters and the like. I grew up in a very small town in Pennsylvania, and we had a local video store that I loved frequenting. I remember plucking the tag from under the case of the VHS tape (and eventually the DVD) I wanted to rent, taking it up to the counter, and getting the case with the move tucked within to take home with me to enjoy. Ah, good times. I also hoarded movie posters from the video store (I'd ask for the ones they had displayed when they were done with them, and the employees always indulged my obsession). 
If you're a fan of Stranger Things, young adult novels with paranormal/supernatural/horror elements, or just good books in general, give Dagger Hill a whirl. 
4.5 stars!

Author Bio:

Devon Taylor was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters. His day job consists of sneaking around the house with ninja-like stealth to avoid waking up his kids. When not writing, reading, or tediously typing out text messages with all the correct spelling and punctuation, he spends his time with his family. THE SOUL KEEPERS is his debut novel.

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