Everyone in Sleepy Hollow knows about the Horseman, but no one really believes in him. Not even Ben Van Brunt's grandfather, Brom Bones, who was there when it was said the Horseman chased the upstart Crane out of town. Brom says that's just legend, the village gossips talking.
Twenty years after those storied events, the village is a quiet place. Fourteen-year-old Ben loves to play Sleepy Hollow boys, reenacting the events Brom once lived through. But then Ben and a friend stumble across the headless body of a child in the woods near the village, and the sinister discovery makes Ben question everything the adults in Sleepy Hollow have ever said. Could the Horseman be real after all? Or does something even more sinister stalk the woods?
The Sexy Nerd's Review
Anyone who has read the Legend of Sleepy Hollow knows the tale, but do you really? Old Ichabod Crane fleeing from the mighty headless horseman afraid of his own shadow. Or, is that really how it was in Sleepy Hollow? If you really want to capture the true essence of Crane, look no further than Ben Van Brunt who has heard the tales of his hometown. Ben’s grandfather, Brom Bones, doesn’t believe in any of this nonsense for he knew there wasn’t any such thing as a headless horseman, right?
Ben Van Brunt was out playing in the woods with a good friend when they stumbled across something they never expected to find—a headless child with missing hands. They soon discovered they knew the child lying there. The torso and legs belonged to Christoffel. But unbeknownst to Ben, Brom and a few of the townsmen were on the case and had a meeting in the woods where they could discuss what to do with the dead child. Instead of heading home like he should have done, he climbed the tree and hid away from the adults so he could hear what they had to say about Christoffel. Immediately, Ben knew that all the stories the adults had been spinning wasn’t quite right.
Off in the distance Ben could hear the galloping of hooves. Not only could he hear the sound of the hooves, the Horseman called to him. “Ben!” Ben was convinced the Horseman was real despite what his grandfather told him. It wasn’t until Ben came upon another villager that had a very different spin on what was happening in old Sleepy Hollow, and that readers, is where this story gets sinister and scary.
OMG! I loved this story! Henry wrote this book. What an interesting spin on an old short story that I’ve loved ever since I could read. I’ve seen so many variations of the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane, but Henry really gives you a new way of looking at an old fictional story. She made this story her own and I loved the characters and the zaniness of the townspeople of Sleepy Hollow. If you’re into fantasy and some horror, look no further than the Horseman! Outstanding read!
The Sexy Nerd gives Horseman five more shadows for Ichabod Crane to run from! This was such a fun story to read and gave me chills with the detail Henry provided. The way she described Sleepy Hollow I could see it so clearly in my mind’s eye. October spooktacular reads are coming up and why not add this to your to-read roster. I guarantee you’ll love this new spin on an old classic. Horseman comes out Tues., September 28, 2021 at your favorite book retailers or wherever books are sold. Until next time, Nerds, you know what to do!
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