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Twenty-five years ago, a deal was made to save a child’s life. Now the time has come for someone to pay the price. Paramedic Charlotte Briggs is a woman on the run. Having escaped an abusive man with her son, she lives out of motels until a mysterious call offers her a job in a sleepy, fog-locked town of Autumn Falls. At first, the picturesque New England town, situated off Twenty-five years ago, a deal was made to save a child’s life. Now the time has come for someone to pay the price. Paramedic Charlotte Briggs is a woman on the run. Having escaped an abusive man with her son, she lives out of motels until a mysterious call offers her a job in a sleepy, fog-locked town of Autumn Falls. At first, the picturesque New England town, situated off the coast of Maine, seems like an ideal place to raise her son, until strange things begin to happen. At first, it’s just the crows following her around the island and the frightful creature lurking in the shadows. Then, the accidents start. Gruesome, bloody accidents unlike any she’d ever seen before. The island is thirsty for human blood. The dead also don’t stay dead. They either return to warn her or threaten her, and Charlotte suspects that not all is well in her new town. Digging into the island’s past, Charlotte won’t only unearth its supernatural secrets, but also solve the mystery of her own link to this cursed chunk of rock in the Atlantic.


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Twenty-five years ago, a deal was made to save a child’s life. Now the time has come for someone to pay the price. Paramedic Charlotte Briggs is a woman on the run. Having escaped an abusive man with her son, she lives out of motels until a mysterious call offers her a job in a sleepy, fog-locked town of Autumn Falls. At first, the picturesque New England town, situated off Twenty-five years ago, a deal was made to save a child’s life. Now the time has come for someone to pay the price. Paramedic Charlotte Briggs is a woman on the run. Having escaped an abusive man with her son, she lives out of motels until a mysterious call offers her a job in a sleepy, fog-locked town of Autumn Falls. At first, the picturesque New England town, situated off the coast of Maine, seems like an ideal place to raise her son, until strange things begin to happen. At first, it’s just the crows following her around the island and the frightful creature lurking in the shadows. Then, the accidents start. Gruesome, bloody accidents unlike any she’d ever seen before. The island is thirsty for human blood. The dead also don’t stay dead. They either return to warn her or threaten her, and Charlotte suspects that not all is well in her new town. Digging into the island’s past, Charlotte won’t only unearth its supernatural secrets, but also solve the mystery of her own link to this cursed chunk of rock in the Atlantic.

34 review for Autumn Falls

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    "Always make the audience suffer as much as possible." (Alfred Hitchcock) And suffering is at the core of this one. Suffering within, suffering throughout, and suffering until the last page. Horror is a delicate matter. Draggin' bucketfuls and dowsing every single paragraph and around every single corner is a bit of overkill. (Oh, pun intended!) And the overuse of "coincidence" is a death knoll for any novel. Autumn Falls was lined with situations that had to be bent into shape to bounce the next "Always make the audience suffer as much as possible." (Alfred Hitchcock) And suffering is at the core of this one. Suffering within, suffering throughout, and suffering until the last page. Horror is a delicate matter. Draggin' bucketfuls and dowsing every single paragraph and around every single corner is a bit of overkill. (Oh, pun intended!) And the overuse of "coincidence" is a death knoll for any novel. Autumn Falls was lined with situations that had to be bent into shape to bounce the next incident off of. Oh, so contrived..... Charlotte Briggs is a twenty-five year old paramedic searching for a new option in life. She's got a nine year old son, Kevin, whom she had at a very young age. Charlotte's life has been lined with stress, trauma, and uncertainty. Yup, that's why our girl is salivating for the opportunity to jump at the chance to live on an isolated island on the coast of Maine that's wrapped in fog and slimey people 24/7. The country is full of wide-open places, but this opportunity has her name attached in bright letters. The town of Autumn Falls has set up Charlotte and Kevin in a hotel established in 1909 until they find more permanent quarters. Right off the bat, Charlotte wakes the first night with the Creep factor pouring in and an image of Pig Man whom we will get to know up close and personal. And this stuff bangs in night after night. Charlotte has no problem leaving young Kevin on his own. He attends a school with zombie-like fellow students as well. Wake up, Charlotte. Your pants are on fire, and yet, you don't feel the burn. Charlotte's team of paramedics are on call with gruesome accidents taking place every nano second. Just on and on and on. Horror falls flat without a solid storyline to back it up. I'll be honest. The cover on this chaos drew me in. Love me some Creep when it's dabbled in with the finesse of a steady hand. Not happenin' here. Autumn Falls had potential. Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda...... I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Keen Quill Press and to A.R. Kingston for the opportunity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    Oh goody. I’m the first to review this crime against good taste. Ok, let’s do this. I’m a staunch believer in judging book by the cover. It isn’t a 100% sort of rule, but it’s close. And this book should have definitely been judged by the cover, albeit not the cover on it, but the covers of the author’s other works, which are an all American agricultural mix of cheese and corn. The actual cover for this book is fine, in a generic sort of way, in fact it may be the least objectionable thing about Oh goody. I’m the first to review this crime against good taste. Ok, let’s do this. I’m a staunch believer in judging book by the cover. It isn’t a 100% sort of rule, but it’s close. And this book should have definitely been judged by the cover, albeit not the cover on it, but the covers of the author’s other works, which are an all American agricultural mix of cheese and corn. The actual cover for this book is fine, in a generic sort of way, in fact it may be the least objectionable thing about this steaming pile of doodoo production. Did I expect much? No, absolutely not, having never heard of the author, having a fairly good idea of the sort of low end crap the publisher specializes in. A quick mindless genre thing would have sufficed. And to her credit, the author did try with this…her first venture into the realm of horrific inspired by a nightmare, but boy, did it fail. Wherein the trite generic plot (small island off the coast of the ever so creepy Maine, witches, Native American legends, etc.) itself might have held water while recycling and juggling a variety of genre cliches, the writing sank this so efficiently, it made the Titanic seem safe and sound. So let’s get into that…meet the cast. Charlotte, a young woman admirably dedicated to saving lives, mother to the ever precocious nine year old whom she had Gilmore Girled into the world at 16, though the love of her life (Zach, was it? It’s already a distant memory) has abandoned her upon graduation. Charlotte’s taste in men hasn’t improved since, she gets stuck with an abusive dud for years until she finally ditches him and gets recruited to come work to a picturesque remote Maine town. The fact that she gets recruited through LinkedIn she doesn’t have…well, she ignores that of desperation and also, let’s face it, she doesn’t seem all that bright. And her new life at first seems too good to be true and then quickly turns into a nightmare. But not before a perfectly timed reunion with Zach or whatever, who has since become wealthy, famous and apparently has been pining for Charlotte the entire time. Not enough to actually do something about it, just…passively. The minute they get together, they are reunited as a happy family and stand together against the forces of evil. But wait… Wait, you say, life doesn’t work like that. People don’t act like that. Well, apparently they do in crappy books. That alone would have been…well, ok, because at least the author has some idea of how plot works. But then there’s her character writing, which is just…abysmal. Charlotte is determined to be a solitary character, but she overshares in long verbatim monologues to everyone in the vicinity. You’d think she’d just be happy with her kid, who talks and acts exactly as any adult. Beyond precocious, mind you, more like written by someone who has apparently never met a nine year old. Or any kid. Ever. Adults don’t fare much greater either. They are all just flatly animated carboard cutouts stolen from some cheap romance novels. They don’t ever quite manage to talk or act like real people. Combine that with a flatly crafted, messily cobbled together, typo covered narrative and you might an idea of what this waste of digital ink is like. And yes, I’m aware, this is a Netgalley thing, might be an unedited ARC, but a. it doesn’t seem like an ARC, seems like a finished product and b. you don’t understand just how many typos this had (record numbers, people), it was like the author didn’t even try and/or have never even heard of editing, proofreading, etc. And one last thing…the author chose to begin every chapter with a quote from great and otherwise (Koontz, so much Koontz) writers. Which is, one supposes, aspirational, considering the quality of the following chapters never gets within shouting distance of that. In fact, the overall effect is of an ugly bride surrounding herself with supermodel bridesmaids, basically highlighting the lamentable quality of the main presentation. So there you go. A proper dud. even the title itself is a form of redundancy. For how much reading and trying new authors I do, it’s still notably irredeemably sh*tty. Almost…almost amusingly sh*tty, but nevertheless a total waste of time. Reader be warned. Thanks Netgalley.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Charlotte has come to build a new life for herself and her son. What she doesn't know is that there was a nefarious reason she was offered a new job and a place to start over. Autumn Falls, a lovely name for the odd town with weird inhabitants. There were lots of things I liked about this book. The mystery of the old hospital where even paramedics are forbidden to go, the "ghost" ambulance that can be seen cruising down the street, the creepy way the children act, as if they are synchronized, eve Charlotte has come to build a new life for herself and her son. What she doesn't know is that there was a nefarious reason she was offered a new job and a place to start over. Autumn Falls, a lovely name for the odd town with weird inhabitants. There were lots of things I liked about this book. The mystery of the old hospital where even paramedics are forbidden to go, the "ghost" ambulance that can be seen cruising down the street, the creepy way the children act, as if they are synchronized, even the Pig Man! There are lots of spooky happenings here and several gruesome deaths and mutilations. What I didn't like was the way some of the characters interacted, and their dialogue. It just hit a few wrong notes with me that a woman who has had to flee an abusive relationship would be so willing to spill her life story to her new coworkers practically the minute they first meet, or to feel obligated to explain to strangers why she chose to raise her son on her own. It could be, that was the way the author chose to fill the reader in on Charlotte's back story but in my head I was screaming it's none of their business! Why are you spilling your guts to these strangers? I enjoyed the more macabre moments of the story but wasn't crazy about the long lost love angle. I received a complimentary copy for review

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Autumn Falls is a cool idea, and I enjoyed getting to explore that part of the plot. I actually liked Charlotte, and I thought her friendship with Chuck was nice, but I didn't care about the other characters or their relationships. Zack is way too perfect of a guy. Like, I don't think it's realistic at all that a guy who finds out his high school girlfriend had his baby in secret, and his whole family knew and kept it secret, just shrugs his shoulders and pushes her to become a family again with Autumn Falls is a cool idea, and I enjoyed getting to explore that part of the plot. I actually liked Charlotte, and I thought her friendship with Chuck was nice, but I didn't care about the other characters or their relationships. Zack is way too perfect of a guy. Like, I don't think it's realistic at all that a guy who finds out his high school girlfriend had his baby in secret, and his whole family knew and kept it secret, just shrugs his shoulders and pushes her to become a family again without any concerns, anger, etc.. Also found how easily he slipped into being a father unrealistic. He had no adjustment period or anything, and it just didn't feel realistic at all. Everything seemed to wrap up too perfectly in the end, too. Overall, the horror elements do what they need to. The pigman really freaked me out, especially the first time he appeared, so there are nice bits in the horror realm. The characters' personal lives and developments? Perhaps not as much.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eli Sab

    ***Review to follow*** I have so much to say about this book!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Thanks to A R Kingston, Book Baby/ Keen Quill Press, and NetGalley for approving my request to read and review this book. I really enjoyed this. It read like a classic Horror movie from the 60s.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Jane

    The beginning seems like a good place to start (both with the book and the review!) and it was from the very start that I was in two minds about this one... Straight away, we were launched into the story, with a lot happening in such a short of space time that you'd be forgiven for thinking the author was going straight for the shock factor and not focusing on much else. As we progressed through the story I was gradually drawn in, and as the intrigue built so did the sense of fear and foreboding The beginning seems like a good place to start (both with the book and the review!) and it was from the very start that I was in two minds about this one... Straight away, we were launched into the story, with a lot happening in such a short of space time that you'd be forgiven for thinking the author was going straight for the shock factor and not focusing on much else. As we progressed through the story I was gradually drawn in, and as the intrigue built so did the sense of fear and foreboding. The author definitely managed to create a creepy and eerie atmosphere. Sadly, though, towards the end of this book when it reached the climax this atmosphere seemed to fade away. I felt the same with the writing style as well, to begin with it was excellent I was getting goosebumps, paranoia and I kept looking over my shoulder, it was well written and captivating. It was confusing, but not in a bad way, in a way that keeps you guessing and makes you want to keep reading to find out what's happened. But that did taper off and I started to feel as if the fear factor was missing. I started feeling as if I wanted the book to just hurry up and get to the point... Character wise, I felt these were the poorest part of the book. They just didn't stand out for me, they weren't as well written as the descriptive aspects were and they felt very 2D. I couldn't feel anything for them, which as we reached the climax of the book became an issue because I didn't care if they survived. I also feel as though first person would have benefited this book and perhaps endeared the characters more to the reader. The overall entertainment value of this book just didn't hit the spot for me either. Some of the more superficial details that make the story were just unnecessary and didn't add value, and the more menial details seemed too easy - for example, how easy it was for Kevin to walk back into their lives. It was too simple. Overall, Autumn Falls just didn't feel right to me, it didn't have the right flow to the story, which wasn't helped by the dips in the atmosphere and writing and the poor characters. The plot itself and the intrigue the story built were definitely there, and they elevated the book and did bring some enjoyment from Autumn Falls. Sadly, this just wasn't the finished product in my eyes.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book ! Kingston Autumn Falls by A. R Kingston I really dislike giving anything but positive reviews because in most cases it is simply a matter of taste. As in this case, this book just wasn't for me but there is nothing about it that I can say makes it a bad read. I just could not get into it at all. Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for a copy of this book ! Kingston Autumn Falls by A. R Kingston I really dislike giving anything but positive reviews because in most cases it is simply a matter of taste. As in this case, this book just wasn't for me but there is nothing about it that I can say makes it a bad read. I just could not get into it at all.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris Harris

    Whoever likes horror stories mixed with romance and a little dose of clichés - this is the book for you. The story is captivating and the horror is ...well, exactly as it should - terrifying. The author did a good job, especially in the horror part.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Valeri

    I do not seem to be getting lucky on NetGalley these days. This was just cliche after cliche and the writing is not at all strong enough to make up for it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jade O'Hara

    Great novel with many twists and a lovely romantic story on the side. I'm a fan of the genre but I didn't expect much (because I've read tons of books) but I was surprised. I recommend. Great novel with many twists and a lovely romantic story on the side. I'm a fan of the genre but I didn't expect much (because I've read tons of books) but I was surprised. I recommend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Autumn Falls by A.R. Kingston is a dark tale. I enjoyed it and was creeped out at times so the book is definitely good. I recommend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hessa

    horror stories always kept me hooked on and this book did! although, it is kinda predictable as it goes but still I did enjoy it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Vladimir

    The characters are not believable and the action is repetitive, long winded and guessable. This idea should have been treated in a short story not a novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Neville Townsend

    I received this book from the publishers via Netgalley for a review. Loved the story would have gave it four stars but for being too clichéd. This author's first foray into horror not a bad effort. I received this book from the publishers via Netgalley for a review. Loved the story would have gave it four stars but for being too clichéd. This author's first foray into horror not a bad effort.

  16. 4 out of 5

    N.G. Gallegos

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tabitha Thompson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angel Hench

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wally

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kennedy Parrish

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Horace Derwent

  27. 4 out of 5

    ilovepandahoho

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Kay

  29. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jill

  31. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Ann

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    Tabitha Thompson

  33. 5 out of 5

    Lexi Hernandez

  34. 5 out of 5

    Katrina Thomas

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