Book Reviews

Timberdark by Darren Charlton (Wranglestone #2) // Book Review


With the tide turned against the Dead, Peter and the remaining community on Wranglestone prepare to leave for town, where the comforts of the world before await them. Could this be the home that finally brings both safety and unity for all?

Cooper isn’t so sure. He harbours feelings from that terrible night on the lake and worse, a secret… codename, Timberdark.

With Cooper’s new found connection to the Dead, Peter’s suspicions about what he might do next grow. Faced with losing the boy he loves, Peter must uncover the truth about the mysterious Timberdark before their future together and the world around them is placed in danger.



This sequel to Wranglestone said ignore the zombies, the real evil is domestic bliss. I sort of understood the message that this story was trying to convey, but I felt like a lot of the actual heart racing, page turning horror was lost in this book.

Wandering around a bit before ending up in the small town designed to be a way to get the population used to capitalism again after living off the land for so long, Peter and Cooper start to drift apart, torn between what they believe each other wants.

And that’s the problem I had with this story, the miscommunication trope is one of my least favourites, and I felt that had they just sat down and actually talked about their feelings, this tension could have been solved in under an hour, instead of me having to sit through the teeth clenchingly awkward scene of Peter following Cooper into the woods and watching him masturbate.

I think the book was trying to show us that the world as it is now is very bad and the true way of life is living off the land, but it didn’t manage to portray this in a way I could understand. It’s idea was to show a monotony of life under capitalism, but to a reader that’s happy at home right now with their laptop and books, I also felt like a day to day of gardening and I don’t know, sitting on a boat fishing also seemed monotonous.

I was sad to see the exit of a character I grew to love, in such a sudden way that never felt resolved. While the story itself was wrapped up well with a good, if somewhat slightly confusing, ending, I can’t deny I was left with a few questions.

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