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.
My Thoughts on No Man’s Land by Hervey Copeland
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 from No Man’s Land
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 on No Man’s Land
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!
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