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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Night Weaver is a work of horror fiction written specifically for young adults and was penned by author Monique Snyman. Forming the first book of the Harrowsgate series, this chilling and exciting work places us in the creepy little town of Shadow Grove. Our central figure is seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary, who lives on the outskirts of this town and knows that there is something very wrong on its empty streets. Children go missing and nobody cares, grieves or goes looking for them, and the forest which surrounds the outlying areas of the grove has started talking in the night. As the other residents fall into carelessness, Rachel steps up to find out what’s really going on.
For any horror novel, the atmosphere is key, and author Monique Snyman retains a spine-chilling sense of dread on every page of this truly excellent work. There’s a clear M. Night Shyamalan vibe to the grove and its eerie inhabitants, but Snyman relates this creep factor in a fresh new way through the eyes of young Rachel. She’s a capable heroine with plenty of guts, though just naïve and inexperienced enough to still land herself in some pretty exciting and scary predicaments. This balances out the plot well and, as the rest of the excellent cast of characters join Rachel, we start to see Snyman’s talent for dialogue and characterization emerge too. What results is a superb and engrossing horror story that’s just the right amount of dark for the YA brand, making The Night Weaver a highly recommended read.