Horror Book Review: J.D. Oliva’s “Hawk Hallow” – A Must Read Halloween Themed Horror Novel!

Without spoiling, we review the 200 paged horror novel with Halloween theme, called “Hawk hallow” which is written by J. D. Oliva. Released in January 2018 on Amazon, as well as book stores but the horror novel seems as relevant today as it was back in 2018.

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Synopsis:

Released January 2018, J.D. Oliva’s Halloween Horror Tale is still relevant today:-

Cody Burk’s family was looking for a fresh start after the death of his father. To simplify things, the family sold the Haunted Hallow, the town’s famous commercial haunted house to a new-comer called Roscoe Slater and his family. Unfortunately, things didn’t get better.

Connor Burk and his group of friends have bullied Cody for the last time. Cody and his friends have built the perfect plan to embarrass his brother in front of the entire town of Hawk Hallow on Halloween. When their plan goes awry, Cody retreats to the one place he knows better than anyone, the Haunted Hallow. But he didn’t count on the new owners being a brood of real monsters.

Can Cody and his friends survive the Slater’s murderous modifications to the haunted house or will they fall to the demonic clan?

If you like Stranger Things, you’ll love this terrifying Halloween tale!

Spoiler-Free Review:-

The 200 paged horror novel starts with a high school love story of Phil & Kyren, who eventually visit  the “pay to get scared” Horror house of the small town of Hawk Hallow called “Haunted Hallow”. We get to know some history of it, and their original owners, the Burk family. When the couple comes to get scared on Halloween eve, an unfortunate incident happens which leaves the couple terrified & endangered as the props and actor become a real threat to them. 

  We are then shifted to the perspective of the Burk family, and what happened to them before they decided to sell the Haunted Hallow horror house business to Slaters, which seems to be the reason behind such a mysterious incident that happened with Phil & Karyn. Thus, we get to know the Burk family, with the middle school life of Cody Burk, who is still affected by his father, Mike Burk’s demise. His elder brother, Connor Burk resorted to befriending bullies who terrorize middle school kids younger than them.   

Thus, we get to know about the sad reality of the sensitive topic of bullying and discrimination. I appreciate and applaud the risky but essential addition by J.D. Oliva through inclusion of bullying aspect, which doesn’t seem forced because it becomes the reason of the incidents that happen in the novel later as Tyler who bullies Abi, because of her religion, and also beats Cody who tries to face him.   

So, Cody, and his best friend, Nick eventually befriend Abi. The trio plan a revenge plot and decide to use Haunted Hallow as the trap to humiliate Tyler & his bully gang. Thus, the trio get volunteer work at the Haunted Hallow but the Halloween night turns into a nightmare as the new owners, the Slaters start their plan which involves many sinister acts.      

Leah Burk, the mother of Cody & Connor, who sold off the Haunted Hallow to Slaters is tracked by a weird looking old man called Blake who claims that the Slaters are bad people and tells that her kids are in danger. Many outrageous and entertaining incidents happen during Halloween and the climax is exciting with some extremely creepy twists in the end. The satisfying ending stays with you for a long time, and makes you feel good. 

This novel explores Halloween from the perspective of the people from other religions as well. We get to see the less explored area of paranormal and afterlife as the story gets unexpected twists and turns, which makes the readers curious about what the reality about the antagonists, the Slaters is. I think this is a great way to have more inclusive horror stories in the novels as the paranormal stories, and folklore is all around the world regardless of religions or cultures.  

  The horror, suspense and thrills are high with many situations being frightening regardless of paranormal elements included.  The bully, Tyler is scary and does some horrible things worse than even the monsters shown in the novel. Roscoe Slater has some humorous moments, and a motivational speech when addressing the staff of the Haunted Hallow after taking over that feels like a great lesson for those interested in the topic of “leadership & business management” too. Despite being the antagonists we see the team work, and tension in the Slater clan as portrayed by the characters Bo & Lyra. From Cody’s sports coach to a wife of a patient in hospital, J.D. Oliva has provides enough information to make the readers care about even the less important characters or the antagonists. This aspect shows the author’s dedication to the storytelling, not leaving any plot holes, and his will to be fair with all the characters.   

I love the author’s note which tells us about how the novel was created, why it started off as a comic but why it changed with the demise of his friend Matt Jordan and thus, it shows us the importance of honoring friends. Which also forms a theme as we see the trio, Cody, Nick & Abi face the horrors as they get unexpectedly trapped in a sinister plan. There is bonus material also included in the note, along with a sample of another awesome horror novel by J.D. Oliva called Harvest Moon, that’s the best follow up read as it has the theme of the holidays & werewolves.    

Overall, there are very few horror novels that make the Halloween atmosphere come alive in front of the readers, and J.D. Oliva’s Hawk Hallow is among them. I think this is one of the must read modern Halloween classics. Excitement of Halloween, thrills of horror, intriguing information of afterlife, well written characters, and exploration of life itself make Hawk Hallow an interesting and entertaining read.

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Matt Jordan’s Completed Pages for Hawk Hallow Comic.
Images Courtesy from J.D. Oliva

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Buy on Amazon (Click here- Preview available) 

Also purchase from your local book shops today.

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Know more about the novel from the interviews with J.D. Oliva:

Interview: J.D. Oliva | Hawk Hallow: A Halloween Horror Story

Our Review of the Werewolf Horror Novel by J.D. Oliva:

Horror Book Review: “Harvest Moon” A Supernatural Werewolf Thriller Novel by J.D. Olivia – FREE Preview Available!

The interview related to the novel:

Interview: J.D. Oliva / Richard Clark | Harvest Moon

Connect with J.D. Oliva:

J.D. Oliva’s FaceBook

J.D. Oliva’s Instagram

J.D. Oliva’s Twitter

J.D. Oliva’s BookBub

J.D. Oliva’s Amazon Page

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