Hidden By The Dark


Fiction - Horror
193 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2022
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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

Hidden By The Dark: Pine Creek Thriller Book 1 by J. C. Moore is a psychological page-turner set in Pine Creek, a small coal-mining town. A mutilated body is found and the town sheriff and his deputy try to deal with the situation at hand. Expecting town residents to demand answers and justice, it is imperative that they solve this crime as soon as possible. As they continue their investigation, more bodies are discovered but they can’t see any patterns or motives, making the horrifying crimes a mystery. Bordering the town is a thick forest and strange sightings and sounds have been reported coming out of there at night. As the bodies pile up, town residents live in fear and try to go on with their lives, but something out of the ordinary happens that will change the town forever.

J.C. Moore’s Hidden By The Dark is the first installment in the Pine Creek Thriller series and unravels as tension envelops the town. This sets the tone of the novel and it certainly grips the reader’s attention. Familiar and flawed, it is easy to relate to the characters in the story. So much is at stake here, and the tension is effectively developed by the shocking twists and turns that follow. Suspense-filled with its edge-of-your-seat narrative, and characters motivated by fear, Hidden by the Dark is a nerve-wracking read. What I find especially striking in this novel is the dark atmosphere that pervades from beginning to end, and the unexpected ending that will stay in readers’ minds long after the last page of the book.