THE EASTON FALLS MASSACRE Review, by The Horror Hypothesis
Henry Miller is a US Army Veteran with PTSD and some serious relationship issues. Throughout its quickly paced 130 pages, Henry has to reconcile with the actions of his past and an accidental shooting that sets off a deadly chain of events for Easton Falls.
Garcia and Garcia effectively paint the complicated dynamics of small town USA and I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between its characters. If anything, I was left wanting more. I wanted more scenes with the Bigfoot, more with Kellen, more with Kate, more with Victoria, and more with Henry and Connor.
I’ll be honest, this novella is not at all what I was expecting going into it and that is totally fine. THE EASTON FALLS MASSACRE is a lean character study that happens to feature an onslaught of Bigfoot and as long as you go into this novella with that understanding, you’ll enjoy it.
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The Easton Falls Massacre: Bigfoot’s Revenge by Holly Rae Garcia & Ryan Prentice Garcia ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Thank you @hollyraegarcia for sending this my way! 🥰)
If you had told me that I would be reading about Bigfoot's revenge and would love it, I probably would've side eyed you! But you would've been RIGHT! Novellas are such a hit or miss for me and I'm happy to report that this one was obviously an absolute hit for me.
These authors really pack quite a full and fulfilling story in less than 200 pages and I loved every single page. The backstory was brilliant and oh the humanity of it all!! I especially loved the ending and how it was presented... but also now I'm so curious as to what will happen now?! I need answers! Hahaha - but what a fantastic and entertaining read.
This creature feature is the perfect combination of complex relationships, secrets of OH SO MANY kinds and a plethora of rip roaring revenge tactics that have you rooting for Bigfoot the entire time - or at least I did.
It's hard to know who (or what) to root for in this story. You feel empathy towards the humans and the race of Bigfoot and you are constantly going back and forth. Because the race of Bigfoot *do* exemplify some human behaviors and traits along the way, they can be seen as more than just a low IQ hulking beast with a lust for ripping apart people and smashing them into the ground. It would be a lot easier to hate these creatures or to feel like they are 100% the villain. But things just aren't always that black and white.
This novella does a wonderful job at making the reader really think while balancing the terror inflicted by the creatures. I found myself cringing while observing the demise of so many in Easton Falls. Those who know me are probably not used to me saying I almost needed to look away at times! 💁♂️ To say the creatures are strong and horrifying is an understatement. Definitely recommended for fans of creature features, survival horror, and grief!
💁🏽♀️this is a book about bigfoot. I don’t read very many creature features or bigfoot books, so i was excited. Was there gore? Yes! It is a bloody good time! Were there vivid descriptions of the creatures in question? Yes! I could practically smell their funk! Were there any unexpected feelings? Yes! You feel empathy for the creatures and i was not at all expecting that! All of that made the book pretty great, but let’s talk about the issues i had.
😒the main character, henry miller, is a deeply flawed man with a heart of..... rancid garbage. The solution to everything is physical violence. He is extremely unlikeable, just like all of the other characters in the book. I am not sure if this is the point (for the humans to all be garbage so the creatures turn out to be the only likable characters), but i am sure it made for hard reading. For the majority of the book i simply did not care what happened to this entire town full of gun-toting assholes. Literally did not care.
⭐️this book earned 3 stars because despite the inability of the main character to control, fix or even admit to any of the events he set into motion, somehow the creatures provide a satisfying ending. I thank the bigfoot tribe for being stinky, violent murders who are still better than any single person in easton falls.