Thursday, August 9, 2018

[Book Review] No Man's Land by Hervey Copeland

Book Review of No Man's Land by Hervey Copeland

No Man's Land by Hervey Copeland is very intense and thrilling tale that kept me absolutely hooked. I just needed to know what happened next.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Let's dive in!

No Man's Land by Hervey Copeland

Author Mark La Croix has left the hustle and bustle of the city and is leading a quiet life in a cabin, deep inside the Colorado Rockies. While working on his latest novel, he makes a gruesome discovery and uncovers secrets that some would want to remain dead and buried.

Soon Mark becomes a target and is forced to run for his life. The nearest town is thirty miles away, and the only way to escape is through the forest. The people chasing him are hot on his heels, and will stop at nothing to prevent him from getting out of the wilderness alive.

My thoughts:
This book is formatted in a way that begins with a chapter from 1975. Something very dramatic happens, but before you get to learn what is going on, it suddenly jumps to 2015 in the next chapter. From there, we stick with a storyline centering around the main character, Mark La Croix.

I found myself drawn to Mark's character right away. I mean, an author that buys a cabin in the woods to seclude himself so he can write? I love it!

I really enjoyed the beginning where we got to learn a little about Mark and see him working on the house. But then the discovery mentioned in the synopsis occurs, and we're off and running! Literally.

This novella was so well written! Everything flowed wonderfully and each element of surprise was written perfectly. I loved how many curve balls were thrown at the reader. More than a couple times, when something suddenly occurred, I felt my stomach drop.

My favorite passages: 
The sight that met him made him stop dead in his tracks. It was like someone had pulled hard on an invisible rope wrapped around his body and yanked all the air out of his lungs.

*SPOILERS in this next passage*
Feel free to read it for a perfect example of writing that made me gasp while reading! What a great twist!

As he was going over the itinerary and making the necessary plans for the coming week, he felt the mosquito bite on his ankle starting to itch again. Thank god the little bastards would go into hibernation soon and leave him alone during the winter months.

He bent down to scratch it, knowing very well that it would only make things worse, but not being able to help himself, and not really giving a shit. And it was a good thing he did, because if he hadn't, he would have been a dead man by now.

A tenth of a second after he bent down, the glass in the kitchen window exploded and tiny shards started raining down upon him. The explosion was instantly accompanied by a loud bang, and the wood paneling on the partition wall where Mark's head had been resting moments before, all of a sudden had a tiny hole in it.

*End of spoilers*

My final thoughts:
If you enjoy thrillers, you have to check this one out! I'm such a sucker for thrillers and horror stories set in the woods... and I can definitely see myself rereading this one time and time again!

Thanks for reading!
Have you read any novellas lately?


  1. I like "show the reader not tell him" writing style. It looks like the writer did exactly that. GOOD REVIEW

    1. Right?! He certainly did and it was wonderful!!

  2. Sounds really good. I just read a novella called "Manifest Recall" by Alan Baxter. Super dark and gritty and I really enjoyed it. Hope to get my review up later today. A lot of time when I read novellas I'm left wanting more and thinking they were too short. This one was perfect!

    1. Oooh! I will have to pop by and check that out!!

  3. I love novellas that you feel are done well and aren't left wanting more. This sounds so fascinating. I do love a good thriller, and the woods is always a good setting for that.


  4. I think someone else was just talking about this one too. It sounds really good!

    1. Wahoo!! I definitely recommend it if you like thrillers! :)

  5. I love thrillers! This one sounds awesome and I love that the author was able to do it in a novella. Nice post!

    1. If you pick this one up, definitely stop by and let me know your thoughts!! :)