Review – All Hallows by Christopher Golden

Posted January 20, 2023 by Carole in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – All Hallows by Christopher GoldenAll Hallows by Christopher Golden
Narrator: Ronnie Butler, January LaVoy
Published by OrangeSky Audio, St. Martin's Press Length: January 24, 2023
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author Christopher Golden is best known for his supernatural thrillers set in deadly, distant locales...but in this suburban Halloween drama, Golden brings the horror home.

It’s Halloween night, 1984, in Coventry, Massachusetts, and two families are unraveling. Up and down the street, secrets are being revealed, and all the while, mixed in with the trick-or-treaters of all ages, four children who do not belong are walking door to door, merging with the kids of Parmenter Road. Children in vintage costumes with faded, eerie makeup. They seem terrified, and beg the neighborhood kids to hide them away, to keep them safe from The Cunning Man.

There’s a small clearing in the woods now that was never there before, and a blackthorn tree that doesn’t belong at all. These odd children claim that The Cunning Man is coming for them...and they want the local kids to protect them. But with families falling apart and the neighborhood splintered by bitterness, who will save the children of Parmenter Road?

All Hallows. The one night when everything is a mask...

This was really good! I was in the mood for something a little creepy and this book set on Halloween night 1984 was just what I needed. It did take me a minute to really get into the story since there are a lot of characters to get to know and keep straight but it didn’t take long for me to be hooked. There was a lot going on in this book and I couldn’t wait to find out how everything would turn out.

There was so much drama in this neighborhood that could have played a part in my worst nightmare, not to mention the actual threat of the creepy kids showing up and The Cunning Man.  The book is told from various points of view of different people living in the neighborhood it is set in. I liked that we get a variety of perspectives from a wide range of characters since it really paints a clear picture of what is going on. There was a lot of intense family drama in addition to the threat to the lives of the people that encounter The Cunning Man.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Ronnie Butler and January LaVoy did a great job with the story. I have enjoyed January LaVoy’s narration in the past but I believe this was my first time listening to Ronnie Butler. I think that they both handled a large cast of characters very well and really helped to bring the story to life. I thought that their voices complemented each other incredibly well and I can certain that their narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I would recommend this book to others. I loved the ’80s setting and the creepy vibe that was present throughout the story. I thought that the story had a lot of excitement along with more than a few surprises. I would definitely read more of this talented author’s work.

I received a digital review copy of this book from OrangeSky Audio and St. Martin’s Press.

12 responses to “Review – All Hallows by Christopher Golden

  1. This sounds like a fun creepy read. January LaVoy is one of my favorite narrators. I need to keep this in mind for when it gets closer to Halloween!