Darlington Woods: Something Evil is Drawing Them Here.

Darlington Woods: Something Evil is Drawing Them Here.

by Mike Dellosso


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599799186
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Darlington Woods: Something Evil is Drawing Them Here 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mike Dellosso has always seemed like the type of author I would enjoy. He writes in one of my favorite genres (Christian supernatural suspense), and on a variety of creepy themes, I thought I would enjoy his writing without fail. I was surprised when I read one of his previous novels (Scream) to find myself disappointed. I¿m glad that I¿ve given Dellosso another chance though ¿ Darlington Woods was a thrill to read!Rob Shields is a man with a haunted past. Having lost his wife and daughter, Shields is preoccupied with finding his son, convinced that he still lives. This search to be reunited with his little buddy leads him into a darkly mysterious, nearly abandoned town called Darlington. Plagued with a history of death, fear, and darkness, Shields is forced to contend with his own past as he struggles with the forces of darkness that surround him.Not only did Dellosso keep me on edge trying to figure out what was going on with his story and where things would lead, he also pleased me with a storyline that cleverly dovetailed Shields¿ spiritual journey with his physical one. It is almost as though Shields¿ spiritual demons are made manifest in Darlington, and the battle he wages is as much (if not more so) spiritual than it is physical.The only quibble I have is that Juli, whose past is tied to Shields¿ in some unknown way, is reduced largely to a wisecracking spiritual advisor. Her ever-ready sarcastic one-liners get old after a while, and I really wish she¿d had some more depth than providing light-hearted comic relief and supportive handholding.Otherwise, it¿s all good. Creepy, suspenseful, keep-you-up-at-night pacing, it all works together for a very satisfying read.Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
slarsoncollins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I grabbed this book off of a goodreads giveaway and wasn't sure how it would go. I'm not very religious and tend to get turned off when things get too preachy. Not so here. While there are religious references and an exploration of the power of faith, it does so in a very mild manner. The plot is intriguing and the characters well developed. I was worried that my TBR pile might drop below 50, but now I can add a few more books by Dellosso and give myself a little extra padding. :)Thanks Mike and I look forward to reading more!
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ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Es un libro estupido Es muy mal No es mi favorito No me gusta darlingt woodso
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Runeby More than 1 year ago
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?