The Night Will Find Us by Matthew Lyons is set in The Pine Barrens in New Jersey. The Pine Barrens is part of the 1.1 million acre area also known as the Pinelands National Reserve. If you want to go on a camping trip in a never-ending forest with a few ghost towns, then the Pine Barrens would be perfect. You could read The Night Will Find Us until you have time to take the trip.
Rocked by violent tragedy during an end-of-school-year camping trip, six teenage friends – Parker, Chloe, Adam, Nicky, Josh and Nate – find themselves lost and running for their lives through the darkest depths of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a million-acre forest in the heart of the state. Banding together to survive, they soon discover that there is something far older and far crueler waiting for them in the woods – something that doesn’t want them to escape.
Parker has some serious anger management issues. Unfortunately, he takes the anger out on his friend Nate and kills him. Nate haunts him for the rest of the book. Is it really Nate’s ghost or something else?
Chloe is Parker’s cousin. She has some psychic abilities and at some points can almost hear the forest. The background story appears to her as a dream but then it becomes clear that the story is true. The background story about Mary is really excellent. There could be a book just about Mary and the creepy tree.
Parker and Chloe are trying to escape the forest but they cannot find the way out. It seems like they are going in circles or the forest is growing as if the forest doesn’t want them to escape. Chloe has to put her psychic abilities to work. She wants to end the endless camping trip before the forest traps them forever.
If you enjoy horror novels with supernatural occurences in a natural setting, then The Night Will Find Us could be your new favorite book. If you have a severe fear of camping, then you should ease into the camping mindset. Have some smores and a campfire!