Something lurks just beyond.

Centuries ago a heinous act created a ripple that still haunts the residents to this very day.

Now the kids who reside near McConnell’s Forest live forever in fear.

Jason lost his brother when he was young. He left with his friends to ‘debunk’ the urban legend and never came back.

Now Jason and his group of friends are fed up and want to discover what is happening, what is the real cause of the terror holding their small town hostage.

But something is waiting for them. She may look sweet and innocent, but the friends are about to find out that pure evil can exist in the smallest of packages.



This was my second time reading Stred’s work. My first experience was with “Ritual”, which I loved.

Let me tell you, “The Girl Who Hid in the Trees” was just as fun.

The story takes place at the rather sinister McConnell’s Forest.

“Over the three hundred years that the town had existed, at least a hundred people had been reported missing in the forest.”

This was a dark & weird tale. At times, it reminds me of “The Ritual” (by Adam Nevill). It also gave me “Blair Witch” vibes.

I believe it’s safe to say that I enjoy Steve’s writing.

He’s definitely a writer that should be on every horror reader’s radar.

I have a feeling that his well-crafted tales of horror will keep coming. And I can assure you that I will do my best to keep devouring them.

Steve was kind enough to send me a copy of the book to review.

Thank you!