Darlington Woods: Something Evil is Drawing Them Here...

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Rob Shields has just lost his wife and son. Battling depression, denial, and an irrational fear of darkness, Rob travels to the small town of Mayfield, MD to check out a house he has inherited from his great aunt Wilda, a woman he has never even met. There in Mayfield strange things begin to happen that lead Rob to believe his son, Jimmy, is not really dead. After a restless night and eerie dream, Rob is convinced the answer to the mystery surrounding Jimmy?s disappearance and alleged death is to be found in a ...

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Overview

Rob Shields has just lost his wife and son. Battling depression, denial, and an irrational fear of darkness, Rob travels to the small town of Mayfield, MD to check out a house he has inherited from his great aunt Wilda, a woman he has never even met. There in Mayfield strange things begin to happen that lead Rob to believe his son, Jimmy, is not really dead. After a restless night and eerie dream, Rob is convinced the answer to the mystery surrounding Jimmy’s disappearance and alleged death is to be found in a village called Darlington, a town found on no map.

Teaming up with a quirky local waitress who insists she has been there, Shields begins his quest to find the truth about the town and his son. In Darlington, Rob and Juli come face to face with the town’s secret, creatures called Darklings inhabit the night and instill paralyzing fear in Darlington’s citizens. Their search for Jimmy leads them into the woods surrounding Darlington where, once in, there seems to be no way out.

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Publishers Weekly
No shortage of vampire books stock bookstore shelves today, but few combine Christian themes with ghoulish vampire villains like this headlong rush of psycho-spiritual suspense. When the wife and son of Rob Shields go missing, Shields must find them and their abductor, but only by facing his own darkest fears. In tow is essential female sidekick and moral voice, Juli: “You lost your wife and son. When did you lose your faith?” She leads Rob to Darlington, a horrific village of dread-filled citizens and “darklings” who rule by treachery and pure evil. Even Juli has demons of the past to exorcise. Never indulging in long boring tangents or fussy character descriptions, Dellosso's pacing is perfect and passionate. Even though the choice of setting and parts of the plot mirror the popular novel The Shack, readers familiar with that book will find this new combo of Christian vampire fare a quick and breathless read and will scream for more. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599799186
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,151,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Dellosso writes edge-of-your-seat suspense with a supernatural twist. He is a former newspaper columnist and has written feature articles for various industry publications. He is also a popular conference speaker and workshop instructor. Mike resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and four daughters.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Thriller keeps reader guessing

    Darlington Woods by Mike Dellosso is another arrow in the author's growing quiver of stellar horror fiction. Rob Shields is still trying to recover from the brutal murders of his wife Kelley and son Jimmy when he is called to a small town in Maryland to claim a house left to him by a great-aunt he never met. Once there, the images and instinct that Jimmy is still alive become so real that he must follow them wherever they lead, even to the forgotten town of Darlington. So tiny it doesn't even exist on maps, and the locals refuse to give him directions until a young waitress named Juli steps up and agrees to help him find the town, because she knows that this is her calling. Dellosso is second to none in his descriptions of scary beasts as well as creating a slowly tightening noose of suspense around the reader. I wish that this book had about 100 more pages. There were some aspects of the plot that seemed rushed. When Rob admits to a phobia about the dark, it was a stunning admission because there is no previous foreshadowing of this major plot point. However, in describing how people are changed by fear and how it can rule a life, the story excels. Darlington Woods is definitely a pulse-pounding thriller, it just needed more development of the backstory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Another hit

    Mike Dellosso is one of my favorite authors. Darlington Woods is my favorite of all his books. Never a dull moment and his imagination is unbelievable. He makes you feel as though you know each character personally. This book was a great thriller with lots of surprises. I couldn't put it down. I also love how he weaves the spiritual aspect into fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Esunlibro

    Es un libro estupido
    Es muy mal
    No es mi favorito
    No me gusta darlingt woodso

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Definitely five stars!

    Darlington woods sends chills up your spine as the characters experience a wild journey of horror, faith, and possibly, love. All through this heart- wrenching struggle of memories, Rob manages to keep his faith in God firmly intact, with the help of his newfound friend, Juli. With a little suspense thrown in, Darlington Woods will keep you thinking long after the cover is closed.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    Got Flashlight?

    Better get plenty of batteries, too, because Mike Dellosso has envisioned an ocean filled with overwhelming shadows of malevolence within the pages of his novel, "Darlington Woods". Welcome to a creepy town with offbeat denizens, black-hearted beasts, and an endless nightmare woodland world of woes. So turn off the horror movie, stop playing the horror game, for this read is guaranteed to give you an abundance of nail-biting terror. Got flashlight, right?

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