Book Review: Jackal by Erin E. Adams


Title: Jackal

By: Erin E. Adams

Genre: Horror

Pages: 336

Release Date: October 4th, 2022

Publisher: Bantam

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

A young Black girl goes missing in the woods outside her white Rust Belt town. But she’s not the first—and she may not be the last. . . .

It’s watching.

Liz Rocher is coming home . . . reluctantly. As a Black woman, Liz doesn’t exactly have fond memories of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a predominantly white town. But her best friend is getting married, so she braces herself for a weekend of awkward and passive-aggressive reunions. Liz has grown, though; she can handle whatever awaits her. But on the day of the wedding, somewhere between dancing and dessert, the bride’s daughter, Caroline, goes missing—and the only thing left behind is a piece of white fabric covered in blood.

It’s taking.

As a frantic search begins, with the police combing the trees for Caroline, Liz is the only one who notices a pattern: a summer night. A missing girl. A party in the woods. She’s seen this before. Keisha Woodson, the only other Black girl in school, walked into the woods with a mysterious man and was later found with her chest cavity ripped open and her heart missing. Liz shudders at the thought that it could have been her, and now, with Caroline missing, it can’t be a coincidence. As Liz starts to dig through the town’s history, she uncovers a horrifying secret about the place she once called home. Children have been going missing in these woods for years. All of them Black. All of them girls.

It’s your turn.

With the evil in the forest creeping closer, Liz knows what she must do: find Caroline, or be entirely consumed by the darkness.


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This book hooked me for the very beginning. The issues the author has to work through are rough, to put it lightly. Racism, the death of a child and domestic violence to name a few, but Erin Adams dives into these topics with a bravery that encompasses all. I loved how this book was raw, but also followed a terrifying story.

I was completely involved with these characters. Liz is a wonderful hot mess of a person, something I can completely relate to. It was her drive though, that really kept her relevant and interesting. Overall, this was a really great read with twists and turns.

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