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Ten years ago a mysterious and tragic hunting accident deep in the Adirondack Mountains left a boy buried in a storied piece of land known as Coombs' Gulch and four friends with a terrible secret. Now, Jonathan Hollis and brothers Michael and Conner Braddick must return to the place that changed their lives forever in order to keep their secret buried. What they don't real ...more
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Published April 23rd 2020 by Flame Tree Press
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Sumit RK
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Boy in the Box is a dark and haunting story, diving deep into the recesses of the human mind. Described as a horror novel, it is much deeper than a horror story, but where the horror is much more psychological than supernatural. The story combines a psychological thriller with supernatural elements to weave an atmospheric horror story.

After a tragic hunting accident, deep in the Adirondack Mountains, four friends are left hiding a terrible secret. Now after a decade, Jonathan and brothers; M
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James Tivendale
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freecopy, horror
I received an advance reading copy of Boy in the Box in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Marc E. Fitch and Flame Tree Press.

A decade ago four friends decided to go hunting in Coomb's Gulch as their way of celebrating for a stag weekend. Jonathan was getting married and for this getaway, he was accompanied by his friends Conner, Michael and Gene. Lots of relaxing, drinking and hunting ensued and the group were having an excellent time. That was until one drunken evening when
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Lisa
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Flame Tree Press, Mr. Fitch and Netgalley.
This book broke my heart. It began with a hunting death of a child, and a cover-up. The middle was at times hard to deal with, but more often than not just a muddled mess. I don't mind characters thinking so much, as long as it leads to a truth or revelation. The ending? Well, that was even more muddled than I expected!
This was "weirdly" the second book in a row that I'd read where friends tried to cover up a death. I hope to not read anyth
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Luvtoread
Haunting, Eerie And Plenty Of Creepy Tension!

The funeral of a lifelong pal brings Johnathan and Connor and his brother together again after a separation of many years due to lifestyle changes but more importantly was an accident that the four of them were involved in and and how they have been haunted by their actions from that tragic moment in their lives. But now the past is calling to them to revisit that time again before the rest of the world discovers what really happened that dire night w
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Luvtoread
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting, Eerie And Plenty Of Creepy Tension!

A funeral of a lifelong pal brings Jonathan and Connor and his brother together again after a separation of many years due to lifestyle changes but more importantly was an accident that the four of them were involved in and and how they have been haunted by their actions from that tragic moment in their lives. But now the past is calling to them to revisit that time again before the rest of the world discovers what really happened that dire night when
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Juli
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four friends. A dark, hidden secret. For 10 years, Jonathan and his friends haven't breathed a word about what happened on their hunting trip to the Adirondacks. It was Jonathan's bachelor weekend at a remote cabin...a time to let loose, hunt in the forest, be men, be free one last time..... Things went horribly wrong, haunting them all for years. Then they decide to go back to the cabin in the woods.

Mistake.

Something is waiting for them....

What a creepy story! I loved it! I think everyone has
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Steve Stred
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

Thanks to Netgalley and Flametree Press for letting me check this one out.

The cover and the synopsis intrigued me when I requested this one. Then some time went by and when I dove in, I’d almost completely forgotten what this one was even about.

This thing is a demented showcase of why I love manic stories set in the woods. For me, personally, there is no creepier place than uninhabited, unexplored densely wooded areas.

The majority of this sto
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Suzy Michael
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-books

'Boy in the Box' by Marc E. Fitch is an original horror story about the repercussions of the mistakes one has to deal with, guilt, oh yeah, and a crazy cult and insidious creature. All of this taking place in a desolate frozen wasteland. Sounds like a great start to an even greater novel. Unfortunately, the author's anxiousness to what seemed to be to make the book longer than needed, and poor editing, make this a tedious and predictable odd tale.

'Boy in the Box' starts out on a heartbreaking no
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Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
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I love a good horror, one that will either keep me awake or dreaming of when I do sleep. The Boy in the Box did exactly that for me! Its been a long time since a book has given me nightmares, but thats what I get for reading this in the wee small hours in the dark!

This is more than horror though, it also is a psychological thriller with the unravelling of our characters mind whilst in the wilderness of Coombs' Gultch. Jonathan Hollis and brothers Michael and Conner Braddick
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Lisa
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Flame Tree Press, Mr. Fitch and Netgalley.
This book broke my heart. It began with a hunting death of a child, and a cover-up. The middle was at times hard to deal with, but more often than not just a muddled mess. I don't mind characters thinking so much, as long as it leads to a truth or revelation. The ending? Well, that was even more muddled than I expected!
This was "weirdly" the second book in a row that I'd read where friends tried to cover up a death. I hope to not read anyth
...more
Lel Budge
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan, Gene, Michael and Conner had a boys weekend away, with laughs, drinking and hunting. But, by accident a young boy is shot, panicking and not thinking straight they decide to bury the body in a box in the woods. Who was this boy and why was he alone in the woods?

For 10 years the guilt has eaten at them all, Gene couldn’t take it any more and took his own life. At the funeral, the other three talk as they’ve found out developers are about to start digging. So they return to the woods pla
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Irene
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story begins with a funeral, and though it is literal I also took it as a symbol of the death of a friendship that never quite survived the events that occurred a decade earlier. Four best friends had set out for a last hurrah, before one of them tied the knot. They returned forever changed. Now the four best friends are merely three. Three who struggle to live with the secret and yet will do whatever it takes to make sure it stays hidden. It is with this goal that they set out to Coomb's Gu ...more
Erica Robyn Metcalf
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Boy in the Box by Marc E. Fitch is a slow-burning tale of horror. Centered around a group of adults who are haunted by the mistakes of their past in more ways than one, this is one you’ll want to read with a stiff drink!

Full disclosure: I was sent an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way.

This story begins at a funeral. Our main character, Jonathan, is mourning the loss of his friend, Gene. However, the very first line is, G
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The Coycaterpillar Reads
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Boy In The Box fills your soul with eerie silence.  It infiltrates your senses, pumps through your bloodstream and possesses you with an endless silent scream you cannot escape from.  This book came along at precisely the right moment.  As a huge horror fiction fan, it was everything I was looking for in such a changed world we seem to be living in.  it gave me an escape, it enraptured my heart and  I too became lost in the mountains.  The only difference between me and the main characters was; ...more
D.K. Hundt
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5/5.0

‘Ten years ago, a mysterious and tragic hunting accident deep in the Adirondack Mountains left a boy buried in a storied piece of land known as Coombs’ Gulch and four friends with a terrible secret.’

Having not read the synopsis for BOY IN THE BOX by Marc E. Fitch, I was uncertain, in the beginning, how the story would play out, though I quickly picked up on the direction it was going to take—with a supernatural twist that was awesome!

The main issue I have with the book is the number of w
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peggy
OMG WHAT A READ!!!! A brilliant piece of horror. Scary as hell, atmospheric and utterly gripping. Ten years ago four lads go on a hunting trip and their lives will never be the same again. As I said before a tale of horror but SO much more. The reader has a front row seat to see how they deal with the guilt. How one night has shaped their lives into adulthood. Can they make it right? And how one man will do the unspeakable to save the ones he loves. At first I was intrigued and had to keep on re ...more
Bandit
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I seem to be the first person to review this one and that always kind of makes me wish I loved the book, but in this case it was more of an appreciation sort of thing. Which is to say objectively speaking this is a very decent work of dark psychological fiction. And subjectively speaking it didn’t quite work for me. The decent lays with the overall quality, the writing was uniformly good, the character development was well done, which is good because this was very much a character driven story, ...more
Brad
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
You feel as if you are being watched. You hear something rustle through the dense undergrowth. You catch a glimpse of a shadow passing behind the trees. Is it all in your mind, or is it something more sinister lurking within the wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains?

This was my first experience reading Marc E. Fitch and I believe this is his debut novel. Up front this was one of my favorite books that I have read from Flame Tree Press so far. 

We follow Jonathan Hollis as he and his friends emba
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James
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5. Best book I've read in a while! ...more
Natyreadsbooks
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hey guys!

Before I start my review for Boy In The Box I want to take this moment to thank Anne and Flame Tree Press for sending me a copy of the book which lead to this review. This having been sent to me does not affect my review and anything I have to say is my own honest opinion.

As per usual, Flame Tree Press published another great book that I very much enjoyed. It was a bit of a slow read but the author did this in such a way that you don’t really notice it. The story was engaging, extremely
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Keith Chawgo
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fitch’s The Boy In The Box is a difficult read not due to narrative text nor by the excellent way it is written but more to do with the emotional anguish of death and guilt and aluminates off the pages. This is an excellent novel and shows how Flame Tree Press really have their finger on the pulse of unique and interesting novel.

Opening on a fateful accident that had to be covered up, we deal with how this affects four men and the ten years that follows. This is exceptionally done and although i
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Jon Recluse
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, netgalley
3.5 stars
Review pending
Tony
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nothing remains buried forever, especially guilt….

I’ve read many novels published by Flame Tree Press since their impressive splash on the horror scene a couple of years ago and rank Marc E Fitch’s Boy in the Box very close to the top of their pile which involves some heavy-hitting writers. Upon starting, I knew little of what to expect and that lack of detail only added extra power to an already gripping and startling read. I had no idea which type of horror lay ahead; either supernatural or th
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Andy Angel
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
10 years ago 4 friends were on a hunting trip when a tragic accident led to the death and  burial (in the box of the title) of a young boy.

10 years later they have told nobody and the guilt is eating away at them - to the point one of them takes his own life.

The remaining friends find out that developers are going to start digging up the burial site and surrounding area so decide they have to go back and move the body.

On their return to the woods they feel they are being followed (or maybe stalk
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Donna Maguire
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I was really intrigued by the blurb for this book and couldn’t want to get started when my copy arrived!

I really liked the way that the story was written, the story has several main characters and they all worked really well together, their interaction was spot on and it really helped build up the suspense as you are guessing as to where the story is going to head, and how it will all end.

I thought that the story was well developed and it was well written
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Shalini
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another scary read which caused me to shake in my boots which had paranormal tinged of it. The author's writing made the story come alive. It was so true that our conscience did act as a guide and guilt never faded. An accident happened years ago caused a secret to be buried in a box...
Brilliant characters and smooth flow of the story with creepy demon added the fear to the ambiance of the book. I had to read it in the day and forget it at night.

Until the world crisis ends, I think I would stay
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 Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri
Super cool horror novel in which the "coming of age" trope is applied, not to boys of 13 or 10, but to adult males, lifelong friends and neighbors, who really ought to "know better," but instead are overruled by their Ids, by their cultural expectations, and very possibly by a Supernatural force beyond their comprehension or control.


My only complaint about this very engrossing story is that off and on there is an excess of "Woe is me" and reiteration of the guilt, the pressure, the stress, espec
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Will Blosser
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Boy in the Box tells the story of a fateful accident that destroys the lives of a group of friends. While on a hunting trip in the Adirondack Mountains for a bachelor party, one of the friends accidentally shoots and kills a young child. In a panicked effort to save themselves, they devise a plan to bury the boy and never speak of it again. Despite seemingly getting away with their crime, the men spend the next decade in guilt-ridden stress. When a new development is set to begin digging in the ...more
S.A. Harris
May 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This review was first published by Sublime Horror 18/05/2020 https://www.sublimehorror.com

Boy In The Box opens with the main protagonist, Jonathan Hollis, waiting in line to kneel before the coffin of his former friend, Gene Hendrickson. Two other mourners, the Braddock brothers, share a dark secret with Jonathan, one which leads Gene to take his own life. The four men, friends since childhood, lost touch with each other following a hunting trip a decade earlier. A trip intended to be a stag par
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Lindy Ryan
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
In The Boy in the Box [Flame Tree Press, April 2020] a group of childhood friends with a dark secret set out to make amends for the sins of their past only to discover that some dark deeds don’t stay buried.

Ten years ago, lifelong friends Jonathan, Gene, and the Braddick brothers—Michael and Conner—took a hunting trip deep in the Adirondack Mountains to a remote piece of land known as Coombs’ Gulch. What was meant as a weekend getaway to celebrate the last days of singledom for soon-to-be-wed Jo
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Marc E. Fitch is the author of Paranormal Nation: Why America Needs Ghosts, UFOs, and Bigfoot (Praeger) and the novels Old Boone Blood and Paradise Burns, which is forth-coming from Damnation/Eternal Press. His fiction has appeared in such publications as ThugLit, The Big Click, eHorror, Horror Society, and Massacre. He rec
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