Hunter’s Trap By Anne Michaud, YA Horror.
“Ghosts don’t believe in you, either.”
Seventeen-year-old Dayton Mulligan is stuck looking after his little brother Jeremy when their father goes off on his annual hunting trip. But when Dad’s last phone call ends in a shotgun blast, it’s enough to send both boys out into a blizzard to search for him.
Caught in the killer weather, Dayton and Jeremy take refuge in an abandoned hunting cabin, which isn’t as empty as it first seems. A ghost inhabits its walls and promises to reveal the truth behind their father’s disappearance, but the brothers doubt their host’s sincerity as the spirit demonstrates its hatred for anyone who trespasses on its land.
Far from the safety of civilization, Dayton must swallow his fears, fight for himself and for his family before it’s too late and Hunter’s Trap claims them all, forever.
Hunter’s Trap is a heart wrenching and chilling tale of life, death, and what comes beyond. Dayton and his brother Jeremy, city boys who think that cell phone compass apps are a good idea, venture into the woods in a snow storm because their father and his fellow hunters have gone missing. The last message they received from their father was alarming and cuts off abruptly with gunfire. With a storm about to rage and the rangers apparently unwilling to help, they go off on their own to try and save him. First they find a cabin, then the bodies, then…well, things start getting really creepy. Battling the elements, sometimes each other, and the supernatural, things look bleak for the boys. Knowledgeable help arrives during a break in the weather and then the fight really begins.
Ms. Michaud is a master of YA horror, combining the natural elements and the supernatural into a deadly foe for the boys who are not at all prepared to deal with the weather, let alone ghosts. The book left me unsettled, in a good, I just read a horror book, sort of way. Highly recommended for YA horror lovers.