Grimm Woods, by D. Melhoff, A Review

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On A Virtual Tour with D. Melhoff

If you’ve read any of the Grimms Fairy Tales, you probably remember them as stories for children with lessons in each. While that isn’t how they were written—early on most were considered inappropriate for children—the adaptations we see today, in movies or children’s books are generally more uplifting stories.

Grimm Woods brings those tales into a gruesome, very adult novel, all set in a park created around the different stories. Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretl, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel…to name a few. After a variety of owners, the property was bought by a woman to open a camp for children, with teens as counselors. She now runs it with Ella, the cook, and Bruce, the handyman/caretaker.

The Story

This year, there are a number of new counselors. Some who don’t especially want to be there. The teens selected have each had some trouble with the law. Each has the idea that part of camp is to party and connect. Many of them aren’t even likable. Yet the youngsters coming to camp will need they care and attention.

Then Come The Bodies

Soon after the opening day at camp, two of the counselors are found dead, apparently of an overdose. While everyone is horrified and saddened, it isn’t until the following day that terror sets in with another death. And this round is clearly not an accident.

Now the counselors—the teens—have to get serious. Because they are trapped there in the camp, far from any town, with a killer in their midst. Will they find the killer before he strikes again? Unfortunately clues to their fates can be found in the old book of Grimm’s fairy tales. What they find there is enough to frighten anyone.


At first I had a hard time getting into the characters. Their attitudes and actions weren’t anything to draw me in. But after the first few chapters readers will find they grow on you. Especially when they are forced to protect themselves and the several dozen children visiting the camp.

It became a tension filled story with violence and shocking twists, especially in the dark of night when a glimpse of light from the moon may reveal more than you or the characters want to see.

Very intriguing story, well done with suspense.


The Tour

Book Description:

A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm’s fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children’s fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.

Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.

Buy the Book:  Amazon

Author’s Bio:

D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children.

He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror. For more information, visit

Connect with the author:  Book Website  ~  Twitter ~  Facebook


Tour Schedule:

Feb 6     – Working Mommy Journal– review / giveaway

Feb 6     – Manic Mommy of Two – review / giveaway

Feb 7     – T’s Stuff– review

Feb 7     – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium– book spotlight / giveaway

Feb 8     – Books, Dreams, Life– review  / giveaway

Feb 9     – Bound 4 Escape– review / giveaway

Feb 10   – A Mama’s Corner of the World– review / giveaway

Feb 13   – The World As I See It– review / giveaway

Feb 14   – The All Night Library– review

Feb 15   – Books for Books– review

Feb 16   – Nighttime Reading Center– review / giveaway

Feb 16   – Dark Readers– review / giveaway

Feb 17   – Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine– review

Feb 17   – A Bit Bookish– review / giveaway

Feb 20   – Cheryl’s Book Nook– review / giveaway

Feb 21   – Elsie’s Audiobook Digest– review

Feb 22   – Thoughts on Books– review / giveaway

Feb 22   – Library of Clean Reads– review / giveaway

Feb 23   – fuonlyknew– review / giveaway

Feb 24   – Turning the Pages– review / giveaway

Feb 27   – Bookaholic Banter– review / giveaway

Feb 28   –  Fantastic Feathers– review

March 1 – Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarian– review

March 1 – Celticlady’s Reviews– review / giveaway

March 1 – 100 Pages A Day– review . giveaway

March 2 – JBronder Book Reviews– review

March 2 – Stranded in Chaos– review / giveaway

March 3 – Rainy Day Reviews– review

March 3 – Jessica Cassidy– review / giveaway

March 3 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views– review



Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Alzheimers HQ and Simple Living Ideas

Author: Merry Citarella

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