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The Winslow Incident

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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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November Is Nyarlathotep
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to November Is Nyarlathotep 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
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Susan Highland
Amazing read! Loved this book!
Larena
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Oscar Climent
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ingrid Maples
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am 375 pages into this frightening tale!! I left work to come home today to finish...the characters are rich, colorful. Descriptions of scenes are so well-written that I it feels like I've stepped into a very frightening, quiet, slow-moving horror film...more to come later. Love it!
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
Christine
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Vanessa Wolf
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Faith
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Katy L.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I barely made it through this one. I even gave up for awhile before dragging myself back. The book is about a tiny mountain town that goes mad and gets cut off from the rest of the world as they all turn on one another. Fascinating concept, except the entirety of the book is spent following the main character as she runs in circles around the town. That’s literally all she does. Just makes the same circuit over and over again thinking about the same five things over and over again but not actual ...more
Jim
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Joan
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Bobby
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Buck
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Thebossinthewall
Jan 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Sort of awful. I was able to push myself to read the first 3/4s of the book, I used it to help me fall asleep at bed time. But I just couldn't take anymore. There are lots of poor description choices, cliches, characters without depth. So much of the book is about Hazel going about her town during the crisis. From one thing to the next, but not a pleasing fast pace. Instead the events were boring. And the secret of the crisis is uninspired/disappointing. Trite dialog, characters actions dispelli ...more
Stacey Coverstone
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Teri
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Leslie
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Vickie
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Leah
Dec 14, 2011 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).
Christine Mitchell
kinda weird so far
Angie Hardy
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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.
Sylvia
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Liked. Figured it out halfway in but still enjoyed it.
Diane
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt a little breathless and anxious with all if the running around done by the main character but I like it.
Karin
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
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