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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
It's October 31st when Alexander Malefant, an insurance agent in his late fifties, makes his way to the picturesque little town of Elora, that sits on the edge of the Grand River, during its annual Halloween festival. The town seems to be a typical, charming small town until strange incidents start happening. A boy almost drowns in an apple barrel, and then several kids are attacked by crows. A peculiar woman named Missy Claridge, who seems to be avoided by the townsfolk, tries to convince the mayor to postpone the Halloween dance but to no avail.
Then the creepiest thing happens – all the kids disappear later that evening. Alexander tries not to get involved and just wants to finish his business appointments and leave the place. But now everyone is a suspect, particularly a stranger from out of town like him. Everything gets even weirder when a strange man named Ely Shrill claims to know where the children are.
Missing children, ghosts from the past, a mysterious stranger, and a small town with a dark secret – October 32 by Larry Rodness has a classic paranormal appeal to it. The story has a moderate pace and is somewhat slow in some parts, but it’s grippingly told and easily evokes mental images for readers. Rodness’ prose is a breeze to read and effortlessly gives off a degree of eeriness to the story, and the plot twists that were revealed in the end were nicely done. Overall, this is a solid Halloween story.