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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  2,444 ratings  ·  243 reviews
With the boys' new fort finally finished, everything that summer was going great. And then the killer showed up. During the summer of 1987, from their tree house fort in the woods, neighborhood boys Tim, Scott, and Luke spot a man holding a gun to missing sixteen-year-old Molly Peterson's back. The problem is, nobody believes their story, not even the police. As search eff ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer
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Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley



this is hovering between three and four stars for me.a lot of it depends on whether this is a YA book or not. i can't quite figure it out. cover looks like it could be, it has young characters, the author's profile says he writes "mystery & thrillers, young adult, horror."

and if this is a YA book, it gets four stars for sheer balls, bacause it is rare to come across a YA book with a line like:When I catch her
Albert Riehle
Jun 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
"Tammy Benchley, Tim's mother and Stan's wife, had decided, in what Stan decided mid-project was a fit of madness that her husband could install a patio without professional help."

It's sentences like this one that ruin Aric Davis' The Fort, and frankly, with that one coming on the first few pages, I think I should have followed my intuition and stopped reading it right then and there. I know that most writers try to keep their books to certain word limits, but there is no sentence limit and so i
Patrice Hoffman
The Fort by Aric Davis is the kind of story that will stick with me forever. It automatically brought me back to the summer when life changed forever for me and the real world was more clear than ever and it wasn't pretty. Ironically I was the same age as Tim and his friends, 12, when this revelation came. Tim, Luke, and Scott build a fort in anticipation for the summer of 1987. They play, joke, hang, and just have a good ol' time until they spot a recently missing teenage girl with a serial kil ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
It had potential once you got past the poor grammar - shame on the editor for not catching that - and the generally clumsy and painfully awkward sentence construction. Where's my red pen when I need it?

The Fort could have been a great coming of age story but more than anything I feel embarrassed that I recommended this as a book club read. I suppose anyone can make a plot sound entertaining with a few well-worded sentences.

The ending was entirely disappointing as well - unimaginative and far to
Anthony McGill
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-crime
An exciting scenario with three 12 year olds accidentally discovering a serial murderer and his latest victim. Character development of the boys and their families, the killer, the kidnap victim and the policeman involved is all there and well done.
The image of the "fort" and the excitement of the woods will always appeal to boys of all ages especially to those of us who grew up in rural areas and now live in crowded cities!
The conclusion, although a wee bit predictable, was more t
Jaime Boler
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2013
Interview with Aric Davis, Author of THE FORT

Jaime Boler: Thank you, Aric, for letting me ask you these questions. The Fort is an electrifying coming-of-age thriller that grabbed me from the first page. You are a professional body piercer and novelist. How did you get into writing?

Aric Davis: Thanks for having me! I got into writing because of my lifelong love of reading. Being published was a dream, and it was wonderful to be able to see it through to fruition. I had a small kernel of hope that
Lauren Davis
What to say about a book that, as a thriller, doesn't thrill? I admit thrillers are not my usual genre, but every once in a while I want something to pick me up and toss me around for a few hours without having to think too much and a thriller, a good one, often does the trick. Davis writes in crisp clean prose, without too many obvious clunkers, and the premise for the story is a good one. Perhaps the problem is that we know nearly from the beginning who has done what and to whom, and so the th ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story of three boys and their tree fort, is also about that quintessential summer of childhood, the one that we will always remember. But for these boys it will be one that changes them forever, one where they learn too quickly that true evil exists. And that evil lives too close to home.

The story moves quickly, letting the reader see several perspectives, including the killer. Much of the suspense comes from the unfolding of the killer's thoughts about why he kills and just how deep his ps
Kristin Antosz
Jul 08, 2013 rated it liked it
A thriller like The Fort seemed like the perfect mid-summer suspense to add to my reading list, which is just what I did after being contacted by Jill to take a look at Davis' latest novel.

Honestly, after reading the first chapter, I froze. The writing sounded flat and mechanical, and I dreaded making my way through the rest of those pages. But by the fourth or fifth chapter though, Davis really finds his groove and the writing evens out. The first two chapters or so felt like a fluke; Davis is
A book about three boys and the events that surround one summer, how they witness a kidnapped girl and her captor and how these circumstances spiral out of control.

A really engaging coming of age crime thriller. I really enjoyed the writing style, it was quite simplistic and straight to the point, which I found hooked me right from the start.

It was a short book, and although I found it intresting throughout I did feel that some parts felt slighly rushed, especially in the character development o
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A credible thriller that moves along at a good pace

I downloaded this book on my Kindle because it takes place in Grand Rapids, MI and I live nearby. I didn't have high expectations for the plot or the writing, but I thought I would enjoy reading references to places I'm familiar with. The book exceeded my expectations.

Yes, I enjoyed local references like "Meijer" (a local grocery store chain), Division Avenue (a street with a "bad" reputation), and a character with a surname ("Van Endel") very s
Gina Basham
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The descriptions of the time frame this took place were so vivid it was like stepping back in time. I grew up in this era and can say he nailed it. I was engrossed from the beginning. I loved the characters and could picture them in my head. They were all believable and accurately displayed the appropriate level of maturity. The gruff detective was convincing. The parents and different social spheres showed how each child views their life and their effect on those around them. I ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent coming-of-age/police procedural novel

First of all, just because the three main protagonists in "The Fort" are 12 year old boys does not mean this is a Young Adult novel. It definitely isn't. Language and subject matter throughout the book are for adults only.

That written, this is a wonderful story about summer, youth, friendship, parents, pushing limits, and a serial killer. The story takes place in 1987 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The reader finds out right away that the killer is a de
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Found this book through a Kindle ad, borrowed it just because I knew I might need something else while at the beach. Hesitantly started it not really sure if it was up my alley, but never looked back. Easy reading style, quick chapters, and interesting characters fit with the beach venue.

Main characters are three 12 year old boys who the author does justice, up until the final couple of words they say at the end, which felt a little forced. Some of the parent's actions (or inaction) seemed a lit
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! The only thing that bothered me was that my 15 year old recommended it, giving it 5 stars. Once I started reading it, I found it was about a group of kids trying to find their friend's sister, who was possibly taken by a serial rapist/killer! All I could think of was that I'm a bad mom for downloading it for my son. (He did point out that it was no worse than watching NCIS on TV.) Other than that, I really enjoyed the book, and will probably read others by this author.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A story about three boys, their friendship, a fort they build in the woods and how they witness a girl who is missing being forced through the woods by a man. When they report it though, no-one will believe them. With the wrath of their parents and the police upon them they realise that their only option is to help the girl themselves. They set out to do exactly that.
A great read with unexpected plot twists.
Kristina Pullen
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Could not put this book down. Held me intrigued from start to finish! Am interested to know if his other books are as good. I read somewhere that he is a YA genre author. But this was not what I would consider YA fiction. Good novel.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Here is a summary of this book: kids are smart, adults are dumb. Boys are smarter than girls. I saw exactly how this book was going to play out virtually from page one. I kept reading with the hope I was wrong. I wasn't.
Miranda Pinto
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was a little dark and disgusting at times which I'm not a big fan of but I still really enjoyed this book. The chapters kept switching to different characters pov which was interesting.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not my normal genre but came recommended by some friends and it was 'OMG Fantastic'!!! I look forward to reading more by this author.

5 stars doesn't do it justice!
Aug 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really didn't like this book. In technical terms, I found the sentence construction and grammar extremely clunky, which made it a chore to read. Unnecessary descriptions of a character's actions, such as getting up from a chair or drying their hands, were included, yet the author failed to describe basic scenery or weather in any detail, which resulted in a complete lack of immersion in the world.

Compounding this, none of the kids' dialogue rang true; in fact, most characters seemed to speak p
David Burke
I overall enjoyed this book. I like Davis' story-telling, and I like his characters. I suppose my only complaint would be that as the tension was ratcheted-up, you wanted to see final resolution for and among characters, and all you really got was (SPOILER) a change in the professional judgement for the detective himself, that being to be more intuitive with his reading of suspects and interviewees, and his having the boys to thank. There was no visible resolution of the rift between Tim and his ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
In the summer of 1987, three 7th grade boys make a tree fort in the woods by their houses. They happen to see a missing girl, with the man who kidnapped her, rushing thru the woods.
But the kidnapper has a plan that throws doubt on the boys story and they are not believed.
The boys then decide to try and find the girl on their own....
I'm a huge fan of the 1980s, and that was the hook for me. I graduated high school in 1987. It's a time I look back fondly on.
The writer does an ok job of setting
Cole Ramirez
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mysteries
The Fort walked a fine line between adult and young adult fiction. It read like a YA, like it could have been the Hardy Boys if it weren't for the whole part about Matt Hooper raping and murdering prostitutes that resemble his sister - whom he also raped. Clearly not meant for a ten year old.

For me, reading about rape is a lot like watching a horror film - WHY WHY WHY? - but I did appreciate that most details were left unsaid in this book. There were no lengthy descriptions... mostly just the f
Lynn Leschke
I read this book because one of my junior male students said that it was the ONLY book he had ever read that he actually liked. We agreed that if I read it, he would try one of my recommendations, so it was a no lose situation for me. Like other readers I was not particularly wowed by the literary aspect of the writing, but I was hooked by the mystery and the 3 charming boy characters. I could see why a boy who proclaimed himself a non-reader would like it. I can also see how kids would be able ...more
Ernest Godfrey
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is the second book I have read by this author and really enjoyed both. The story line is good the characters are really good but for me it's the writing style that I enjoy so much. I find the way he tells the storey so easy to read. I don't know why this should be the case we live in different countries with different cultures but he can tell a tale. This book like the first has a different view point, that is told by minors, and as a parent it makes me examine my own attitude to k
Trent Reedy
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a master class in structure, pacing, and tension. The audiobook was phenomenal, one of the very few that left me sitting around listening long after I was supposed to be doing something else.

Like others, I have asked myself: Is this YA or not? But maybe it doesn't matter. Perhaps we should not get too hung up on these labels which are ultimately no more than marketing segments, and instead focus on the story.

This story is great. Let the booksellers shelve the book where they will.
Genevieve  Paquette
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I can't figure out who this was written for. It might be a YA- it feels like a YA in the style of "The Dead Man in Indian Creek," but it is just a little too explicit. I wouldn't be comfortable recommending this this to a young teen, with its depictions of rape, incest and teens pretending to be prostitutes i order to rob potential johns. Like, it was a lot.
But as far as an adult fiction book goes, it feels kind of thin and underdeveloped, and kind of written for youths?
So I don't know. It was
Marie (UK)
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
three boys spend their summer in a treehouse called the Fort. Their life is magical, free form worry until a girl is reported missing. from their tree house they see the girl and her potential killer but nobody believes them. What follows is their bids to turn the adults around to their way of thinking. It was a catch of the breath novel I felt for those boys. there is no doubt as to who is guilty except in the eyes of those who matter. I enjoyed this much more than i expected
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook

I listened to the audio book. During the beginning it was hard to differentiate which perspective we were in. There weren't chapters, so the breaks were difficult to notice without looking at my phone. I enjoyed the overall story, even though the ending kind of ruined it for me and left me wanting something different.
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Aric Davis is married with one daughter and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he has worked for the past fourteen years as a body piercer. A punk rock aficionado, Davis does anything he can to increase awareness of a good band. He likes weather cold enough to need a sweatshirt but not a coat, and friends who wear their hearts on their sleeves. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys ...more

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“Why would an adult be so shitty at being an adult? It just didn't make any sense. His dad's leaving made no sense, and now Luke's mom, Emma, made no sense. It almost made him question adulthood in general. What if they're all just faking it? What if none of them has the slightest idea what they're doing?” 0 likes
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