If You Go Down to the Woods: A Novel by Seth C. Adams
Since hearing about this book, I can't stop Teddy Bear's Picnic from playing in my head. My mom sang that to me a lot when I was little.
If You Go Down to the Woods Today is the debut novel by Seth C. Adams. I think describing it as a creepy take on Stephen King's novella The Body is pretty apt.
"If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise." That's how the children's song goes and it fits this book perfectly.
Joey is 13 and thrust into a brand new town when his family moves to Payne, Arizona, for his dad's new job. His first introductions to people in the town bring a mix of reactions. The local bullies are not pleased that Joey interrupted their bullying session. Bobby, aka Fat Bobby, is delighted to have someone stand up for him. Soon, Joey, Fat Bobby, and two others form the Outsider's Club.
The four of them are about to stumble across something in the woods that they never should have found - a car, bundles and bundles of cash, and a body. And, there's the "Collector" out there who knows what they found and is about to become a sinister and potentially deadly force to be reckoned with.
I caught and loved a few things straight off. First, the narrative is first-person and usually not to my liking, but Joey does such a great job at drawing the reader into his world. Second, there is very little dialogue starting out. I found I loved not having all the talk and that the author let the descriptions build a lot of suspense.
There were characters I hated. There were characters I loved. The mystery is kind of apparent, but the action keeps you on your toes. I was hooked from the start.