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The Winslow Incident

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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  28 reviews
A sleepy small town awakens to the unimaginable . . .

“A strikingly original idea”—Douglas Preston, New York Times Bestselling Author

Welcome to Winslow, Washington, where all anyone expects is another ordinary summer: Tourists taking the ghost town tour, locals cooling off in Ruby Creek, the carnival in Prospect Park. Nothing unusual. That's because residents here have alw
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 497 pages
Published December 16th 2011 by Five Star (ME)
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Mallory Heart Reviews
Jan 08, 2013 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Elizabeth Voss
Review of The Winslow Incident by Elizabeth Voss
5 stars

This novel turned out to be much more involved and convoluted than I expected, and it kept me rapidly turning the pages with expectation and anticipation. The tiny town of Winslow, a former late 19th century mining community and named for one of the founding families, harbors untold and unbelievable secrets, lies, grudges, murders, danger, and more. Locked away between mountains, Winslow is almost land-locked, except for the summer tourist i
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Peter
Winslow, Washington is just like any other small town. During the summer the tourists come to town for the rodeo and the ghosts walk tours. This summer looks like it will be just an ordinary summer but it is far from an ordinary. A plague swept over the town of Winslow. Cattle ending up dying and a strange madness is over taking the town. Hazel Winslow knows if she wants to protect her family and friends, she needs to keep quiet about her uncle's sick cattle. Others have become ill without consu ...more
Larena
Contemporary, Suspense, Winslow, Washington


Hazel Winslow is seventeen years old and already has more secrets to keep than she would like. Hopefully soon she will be putting the tourist trap of a town she lives in behind her along with the unhappy past.

Though something seems to be happening in her small town. She knows if she wants to protect her loved ones she needs to keep quiet about her uncle’s sick cattle. Until everyone in town starts acting strangely. As the town is cut off from help long
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Susan Highland
Amazing read! Loved this book!
Oscar Climent
I got a free copy of this book from GoodReads.
The book was an interesting read. the first half of the book goes by really fast. You want to know more about all the local mysteries of this community, the different characters and, most importantly, what is happening to them. In the first 300 pages or so, the many inhabitants of Winslow make you care for them and see a little of yourself in them. The second half of the book however cancels all this. The main protagonist spends her time looking for
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Erin Wynn
I won this book through Goodreads FirstReads.

A fast paced, interesting, thought provoking novel about an entire town gone mad, and a whole lot of ghosts.


I liked this novel, I didn't love it. I wanted to because I really liked the idea and the writing style, and I liked the characters. I thought Hazel was a bit annoying at first but then by the middle of the novel I'd well and truly warmed up to her. She was strong, without being completely fearless like a lot of protagonists in these types of bo
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Oceandreamer001
Oh, I loved this book. I thought it was really well-written, and keep me feverishly turning the pages until the very end.

I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time.
Faith
I received this book from Goodreads in return for a review. We find Hazel Winslow living in a small town surrounded by mountains. Only one way in and out via a bridge that is probably as old as the town. We drop into Winslow during a summer heat wave. Here we meet the characters and get familiar with the town and the ghosts it hides. Hazel is a seventeen year old and becomes the main character. I found the characters easy to follow and their purpose in this novel. I would have to say that they a ...more
Christine
This book takes place in a small town called Winslow. One day Hazel Winslow and her friends happen upon a herd of her uncle's cattle and notice that they are sick and dying. Shortly after, most of the town is stricken by a mysterious illness and people start going crazy.

My thoughts:

Overall, I thought the writing was solid and the story kept me engaged. My favorite character was Hazel. At first, she seemed to be a bit of a snot at times. I was glad to see that eventually she had some important r
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Jim
This book, a scary thriller, takes place in Winslow, a small isolated community and former silver mining boomtown. There is a lot of tension hidden here just beneath the surface, more than the tourists who come for the ghost town tours or the rodeo would ever guess. There is bad blood among the townsfolk, a history of vigilante justice, and rumors of ghosts haunting the town. When a heat wave comes, cattle begin to die and people behave weirdly—insanity seems to become the norm. The primary narr ...more
Vanessa Wolf
Please don't let the two star rating mislead you, the book is very well written. It flows very much like a horror movie, 'bang,' and then a bit of drag, then 'bang' in very good order. The setting is beautiful, Voss clearly depicts the world in which her characters live, and the unspoken rules that govern them. The only irritating thing was the repetition of names to locations, while typical in a small town, does become a bit confusing and annoying. It might have helped to have a chart showing ...more
Alysa H.
This is the rare novel that, were it to be turned into a movie, one would say "The movie is actually better." The book's a great base, and has a lot going for it: quite good writing, strong ideas, interesting characters (if perhaps a few too many), a Slice-of-Americana setting easily rendered uncanny by the terrible events portrayed. The main problem is that it's far too long to sustain the intensity -- the panicky urgency -- required of this type of horror writing. A movie version would have li ...more
Joan
The Winslow Incident is an evocative thriller set in that most terrifying of landscapes, an isolated bucolic village--in this case an isolated bucolic village in the Pacific Northwest, and as anyone addicted to David Lynch films can tell you, villages don't come more frightening. The writing is tidy, the characters well-drawn, and the story races along, building to an exciting finish. The story leans more toward gothic horror than splatter and the premise is far more intriguing than the usual va ...more
Diane
I felt a little breathless and anxious with all if the running around done by the main character but I like it.
Sheridan
Jul 16, 2014 Sheridan marked it as to-read
I'm very excited to read this! It's a new story for myself and I hope I will have a chance to read it :)
Buck
I enjoyed this book a lot. The story follows Hazel Winslow, and her family, friends and entire small town of Winslow, Washington (including their ghosts) through a strange and curious calamity. I liked how their stories were all intertwined, and the town has a rich history (and ghosts) that keep seeping into the present crisis. While the main character is seventeen-year-old Hazel Winslow, this is not a teen novel (although I see how they would also enjoy it.) I really liked Winslow, and would li ...more
Stacey Coverstone
A very inventive story about ghosts from the past and a town going mad. It starts out with a bang and doesn't let up. Although the cause of the madness problem can pretty much be determined in the first half of the book, you'll want to keep reading until the very end to find out what happens to everyone involved and how the situation is resolved. There are a whole town full of characters to keep track of, which is difficult in the beginning, but the fast pace of this unique story will keep you t ...more
Bobby
A good story about an entire town where everyone went crazy at the same time. Held my attention for quite a while but may have been a little too long. As seems way too common in YA genre stories lately, the teen protagonists are WAY too resourceful and impervious to pain. I now call this style of writing to be infected with the "Hunger Games" syndrome! Bogged down about 2/3rds into it as a lot of the situations seemed to repeat themselves and drag out. If it had been a bit shorter would probably ...more
Teri
I really enjoyed this book! It was hard for me to write the review, there were so much to the story, so I hope this works :)
The small town of Winslow where everyone knows each other all of the sudden comes down with a sickness that caused most people to become crazy and some to die. Not only the town is going mad, but secrets being kept and the ghost from the past will surely reveal the secrets that were hidden by generation after generation.

I absolutely loved the characters and the plot of the
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Naomi
I must say that I wasn't that impressed with this book for several reasons. First, I thought this was going to be adult literature with the horror to go with it. In reading it, though, it came off much more as a young adult book and it, IMO, was horror-lite or at least in its' descriptions. Second, I wasn't that impressed with its' character development.
Mandy
I didn't read enough of this to give a rating. Some great reviews here on goodreads but I just could not get into it. A real shame, and I may come back to it.
Leslie
I wanted to like this so badly but I got half way through it and felt the author was saying the same things over and over. The characters repeated the same things and had the same situations. This book could've been written in half the pages. Plus, if you're upset by animal cruelty I'd skip this book.
Leah
Oct 17, 2012 Leah added it
7/9/2012: Borrowed The Winslow Incident from the library. I stopped at page 102. Its story just didn't grab me enough to want to keep reading. Too many characters; seven, including the main character, introduced in the first 25 pages. Not enough depth to the characters or Winslow (setting).
Vickie
A great read! Loved the characters and the interaction between them. A real page turner, had to keep reading to see what would happen next. Enjoyed the discriptions of location and characters, very easy to imagine what it was like living through the all the drama. Truely enjoyed the story!
Gene Heinrich
This book went on and on, with the same thing happening over and over. The writing was horrible, the plot convoluted, and I feel I was suckered into reading a self-published novel in search of an editor.
Angie Hardy
I won a free coy of this book from FirstReads. I found this book to be a real page turner. I ended up staying up late just to finish it. I will be looking for more books by this author in the future.
Karin
This book draws you in as a reader and becomes better and better as you read it! You truely want to know what happened to Hawkin Rhone in this small town of Winslow. A must read!
Jessica
Apr 26, 2013 Jessica marked it as to-read
This looks so good - I am so anxious to read this book!
Jakira Ahmed
Jakira Ahmed marked it as to-read
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