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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Night of the Sciurus by Linda Watkins is a Western Michigan Tale of Terror. Brooke and her daughter Tessa have started a new chapter in their lives and have just moved into their new house in a idyllic town close to Lake Michigan. Nothing is as ideal as it seems, however. It all starts when Tessa finds a wounded baby squirrel and insists they nurse it back to health. Brooke plans to eventually release it but, before they can, Brooke uncovers a darker secret in this idyllic community.
As is often with horror tales, this charming community has a darkness underneath. On the surface everything is ideal and cheery until Tessa finds a seemingly harmless baby squirrel. This sparks a gradual change as the first incident with Tessa being attacked by a squirrel leads Brooke to noticing more of what is going on in this town. An eerie case of nature versus man arises, centered on Brooke's fight against hordes of squirrels with only her dog Petey as her ally. Linda Watkins tackles a unique approach to horror which I haven't read before but with a familiar horror vibe to the story. Watkins takes these everyday normal animals and turns them into Brooke's worst nightmare.
This story is a quick read with events happening fast and an eerie opening that immediately draws you into the plot. Watkins sets up the twist early and provides plenty of mystery underneath as you wonder just what is happening to these squirrels and if a deeper conspiracy is going on behind it. Watkins weaves a tale of fright reminiscent of Hitchcock's The Birds but with the unique twist of squirrels. The Night of the Sciurus is a perfect treat for horror lovers who like frightening tales set in nature.