Fans of Stephen King and Bentley Little will devour The Beast of Barcroft, Bill Schweigart s brilliant new vision of dark suburban horror Ben thought he had the neighbor from hell He didn t know how right he was Ben McKelvie believes he s moving up in the world when he and his fianc e buy a house in the cushy Washington, DC suburb of Barcroft Instead, he s moving down way down thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health First, Ben s fianc e leaves him then, his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine s noxious menagerie But the worst is yet to come for Ben, for he s not dealing with any ordinary wild animal This killer is something much, much worse Something that couldn t possibly exist in this world Now, as a devilish creature stalks the locals, Ben resolves to take action With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian s National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals


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  1. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    Ben and his fiance buy a bigger house..they just don t realize they are moving next door to this Ben has a few other issues because his fiance has decided to dump him and he is left with his dog and a rat problem from his neighbor s animal hoarding I hate rats so that s about the scariest I m going on that one Then that same neighbor passes away in her home Shortly after that some weird stuff starts going on in the neighborhood The animal problem is getting worse since the hoarder lad Ben and his fiance buy a bigger house..they just don t realize they are moving next door to this Ben has a few other issues because his fiance has decided to dump him and he is left with his dog and a rat problem from his neighbor s animal hoarding I hate rats so that s about the scariest I m going on that one Then that same neighbor passes away in her home Shortly after that some weird stuff starts going on in the neighborhood The animal problem is getting worse since the hoarder lady is not around to feed the animals and the neighborhood has gotten together to try and get something done about her house and the critters that it is attracting.Then Ben is outside and his dog is attacked by a mountain lion in front of Ben s eyes Ben calls out the feisty police lady and she gives him the brush off, because mountain lion in fancy suburbs Plus Ben admits to flushing his antidepressants and smells like pee Come on people I would smell like pee too if I just saw a critter chomping on my dog.Then someattacks begin to happen.Ben finally gets someone to halfway believe him when he teams up with Lindsay, the National zoo s assistant curator for great cats.Of course, Ben tries to put some moves on her You know who makes a move like that in the woods After they show you their basement Serial killers, that s who This isn t the woods, it s a park With roses in it They re not even in bloom Ben is full of smooth When he isn t busy on Wikipedia or internet porn watching watching the Discovery channel He is actually pretty snarky and I loved his character The monster finally gets figured out and it s good Really good but Towards the end of this book I kept thinking this would be great as a series Yes, I know I can t believe I just said that..but it would Then I look and it s going to be Dear author, please keep up the story line that you are starting and pick a better cover This cover was pretty fugly Booksource Netgalley in exchange for review. Mommacat s review is the featured review for this one I don t catch Mommacat on here much but I love her reviews when I do


  2. Lyn Lyn says:

    An entertaining and relentless page turner.One of the best compliments that can be given a book is that I couldn t put it down and I almost literally could not, blazing through this tight, fast paced novel in a couple days.Protagonist Ben McKelvie has moved to Arlington Virginia, in an older suburban neighborhood and has unfortunately put down roots next to the local crackpot, a woman who s conservationist ideals and love for animals has been sidetracked by mental illness and substance abuse An entertaining and relentless page turner.One of the best compliments that can be given a book is that I couldn t put it down and I almost literally could not, blazing through this tight, fast paced novel in a couple days.Protagonist Ben McKelvie has moved to Arlington Virginia, in an older suburban neighborhood and has unfortunately put down roots next to the local crackpot, a woman who s conservationist ideals and love for animals has been sidetracked by mental illness and substance abuse But Ben and his neighbors soon learn that they haveto deal with than an infestation with rats and a nut Next comes paranormal activity, Native American folklore and a rich, charismatic cryptozoologist.Though the publisher has marketed this in the horror genre with invitations to Stephen King fans, and there are ample examples of horror elements in the novel, I would group thisin the urban fantasy sub genre, akin to Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne Like the Dresden files and Iron Druid series, Bill Schweigart has a great idea and has crafted a damn fine story around a solid design.This all makes me think and I cannot believe I am typing this that Schweigart has a great idea for a series True, the market is glutted with book 3 of this and the fifth installment of that, but WHAT THE HELL This was a fun book to read, and if we re hunting cryptids, Schweigart seems to be well prepared to deliver.Schweigart s writing is a lot of fun, well paced and enjoyable His prose is smart and witty with many cultural and pop references to keep things moving His characterization and dialogue, frequently a soft spot in this genre, is well defined and approachable.Finally, author Bill Schweigart has created a tense, fun thriller with psychological and occult elements He also used a fantastic term that I will be looking for in my fantasy selections Cryptozoology And I ll look forbooks from this talented writer


  3. Carole (Carole& Carole (Carole& says:

    This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.Wow I ended up enjoying this book a lot I was in the mood for something a little different with a bit of blood and freaky stuff and this book filled that need perfectly This story kept me guessing and I found it really hard to put down once all the weird stuff started happening I ended up reading most of it in a single night.This is the story of the Bancroft neighborhood The neighborhood has that one house that is causing everyone troubl This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.Wow I ended up enjoying this book a lot I was in the mood for something a little different with a bit of blood and freaky stuff and this book filled that need perfectly This story kept me guessing and I found it really hard to put down once all the weird stuff started happening I ended up reading most of it in a single night.This is the story of the Bancroft neighborhood The neighborhood has that one house that is causing everyone trouble and Ben happens to live next door The woman who lives at the problem house has created a bit of an animal problem for the entire area She nursed raccoons back to health in her house, fed every bird in the area, and created a huge rat infestation When she dies, you would think that things would get better but it doesn t Ben s large dog, a 90 pound greyhound, is killed in his own backyard by an animal, possibly a cougar This event starts a chain of events that will terrorize the entire neighborhood.This story started out strong and really stayed strong throughout the story There was a lot of action with quite a few bloody moments to keep things interesting I will admit that I was really wondering where everything was going in the story which is a huge plus I just love a book that is unpredictable and keeps me guessing Some of the weird things that happen in this story are outside the realm of what would be considered normal I thought that the characters in this book were strong and likable I think that anyone who owns a house in a neighborhood has that one house on the block that drives everyone crazy Let me tell youthat house is a palace compared to the Bancroft house I think that Ben has done much better than I ever could have with his next door neighbor I did like how the author showed how the stress had had an impact on Ben Lindsay works for the National Zoo and specializes in big cats Her job and the way she deal with the situation were very well done in the story I really enjoyed this author s writing The pacing of the story was well done with lots of excitement The story seemed to flow together very nicely The characters were average people and I found myself chuckling at their dialog at times I love how the author worked a few movie lines into the story sometimes tweaking them to make it work All in all this book was just a lot of fun.I would highly recommend this book to others It has just the right blend of horror, unexplained events, and even a few comical moments to keep the pages turning This is the first book by Bill Schweigart that I have had a chance to read I look forward to other book in the future from this author I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group Hydra via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.Initial ThoughtsI really liked this one Just what I was in the mood to read


  4. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    In this book, we met for the first time Ben Mckelvie who together with his fiance moved to the Barcroft, a suburb in Washington, D.C However, what they didn t know that they would be neighbors with crazy raccoon loving Madeleine Roux Everything just gets worse with Ben s fiance leaving him and his poor dog gets killed But, it even gets worse than that when the predator that killed his dog seems to start to kill his neighbors one by oneI read Northwoods and absolutely loved the book so I ha In this book, we met for the first time Ben Mckelvie who together with his fiance moved to the Barcroft, a suburb in Washington, D.C However, what they didn t know that they would be neighbors with crazy raccoon loving Madeleine Roux Everything just gets worse with Ben s fiance leaving him and his poor dog gets killed But, it even gets worse than that when the predator that killed his dog seems to start to kill his neighbors one by oneI read Northwoods and absolutely loved the book so I had to get The Beast of Barcroft that is the first book in the series And, this book is good, not amazingly good as Northwoods, but still pretty darn good and I especially liked getting to know how Richard Severance, Ben McKelvie, Lindsay Clark, and Alex Standingcloud first met And, now everything I read about Barcroft in Northwoods makes muchsense Ben McKelvie is a normal guy and he never expected to have to deal with a supernatural predator that seems to be targeting his neighbors and him , but thankfully with some help from new friends will he try to save the neighborhood and himself And, it s action, some gore and even some humor in the book Just the way I like it I m a big monster fan I just love those X files episodes with monsters in the woods, etc So, reading books like this, well written and interesting and intense is pure happiness for me The Beast of Barcroft is thrilling to read, but it never gets as fascinating and heart pounding to read as Northwoods did I guess partly because I wasworried about whom would live and who would die in Northwoods, but also because I found the story in Northwoods with its monsterexciting So, if you like monster books, then I recommend this book to you and after you read it should you definitely go for Northwoods Me I m waiting for the next book to be released


  5. Emma Emma says:

    Very entertaining and original take on the shapeshifter story This was fast paced and very humorous It s a quick quality read Consider it Recommended


  6. Frank Errington Frank Errington says:

    Review copyI must admit, I never heard of Bill Schweigart until I came across this book in Netgalley, but I found the title, description, and cover to be enough to pique my curiosity I am so glad I took a chance The Beast of Barcroft was a genuinely pleasant surprise.Great writing and interesting storytelling The author is quite skilled in character construction and creating believable situations out of beyond believable events.There are a number of twists as the facts slowly come to light an Review copyI must admit, I never heard of Bill Schweigart until I came across this book in Netgalley, but I found the title, description, and cover to be enough to pique my curiosity I am so glad I took a chance The Beast of Barcroft was a genuinely pleasant surprise.Great writing and interesting storytelling The author is quite skilled in character construction and creating believable situations out of beyond believable events.There are a number of twists as the facts slowly come to light and several Oh, Wow moments.The story begins in the Arlington, Virginia, community of Barcroft where, recently divorced, Ben McLelvie is having a bit of a rat problem due to a neighbor, Madeleine Roux, who calls herself an animal rehabilitator Her activities have lead to all kinds of vermin which seem to have attracted a bigger predator to the neighborhood.As deaths mount and the story changes, Ben is put in touch with Lindsay Clark, the curator of great cats at the Smithsonian Institution s National Zoo She has a friend who is a cryptozoologist, and that s when things really get interesting.I m kind of beating around the bush here because I don t want to give too much away, but I will tell you I did enjoy the read and will likely read the sequel when it comes out in February of 2016.The Beast of Barcroft is currently available, as an e book, and is published by Hydra Books, a division of Random House LLC.Recommended.Bill is a former Coast Guard officer who drew from his experiences at sea to write the taut nautical thriller, SLIPPING THE CABLE Bill currently residents in Arlington, VA with his wife and daughter, who along with their monstrous Newfoundland and mischievous kitten, provide him with all the adventure he can handle


  7. Kenneth McKinley Kenneth McKinley says:

    What IS the Beast of Barcroft That is a very good question And as you continue reading the story, the answer my surprise you Ben s fiance dumped him for being an angry nutcase and that he lived next door to a house that is so rat infested, it should ve been condemened long ago All of the surrounding neighbors file complaints left and right, but to no avail The crazy lady that lives there always seems to skate by with a slap on the wrist When the lady dies, the dilapitated house is tied up What IS the Beast of Barcroft That is a very good question And as you continue reading the story, the answer my surprise you Ben s fiance dumped him for being an angry nutcase and that he lived next door to a house that is so rat infested, it should ve been condemened long ago All of the surrounding neighbors file complaints left and right, but to no avail The crazy lady that lives there always seems to skate by with a slap on the wrist When the lady dies, the dilapitated house is tied up in legal red tape and continues to draw vermin While out one night walking Bucky, a cougar attacks them and kills Ben s dog How in the hell is there a cougar in Bancroft, a suburb of Arlington Is the infested house next door drawing in the wild beast What can Ben do about any of this For me, I thought the Beast of Barcroft was going to be one of these paint by the numbers suburban horror stories without any substance and an annoying lead character that was hard to have any sympathy for He stops taking his happy pills and then mopes about while bad things keep happening in his life And then, Schweigart does something really clever with his characters they ridicule Ben s missteps and it creates this kind of anti hero main character filled with flaws No you can t feel too sorry for Ben because of all the stupid things he does and thats exactly how Schweigart wants it Things really kick into high gear around the half way mark in the book and you ll be flipping through the pages at light speed The dialogue is witty and clever with shades of Quentin Tarantino and I found myself really enjoying the story Schweigart s writing flows easily and its easy to see how he got picked up by a large publisher like Random House.4 1 2 bloody greyhound carcasses out of 5 I received an e copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewYou can also follow my reviews at the following links


  8. Reading Reindeer Reading Reindeer says:

    REVIEW THE BEAST OF BARCROFT by Bill SchweigartA compelling supernatural themed horror novel starring a pair of unlikely heroes Ben lives alone, supporting a mortgage after his fiancee s departure and struggling through depression and newly, panic attacks Lindsay is a curator at Washington D C s National Zoo, with a shallow itinerant girlfriend Ben s drug addicted neighbor s misbehavior has infested the quiet, formerly peaceful, neighborhood with raccoons, pigeons, and rats But the worst REVIEW THE BEAST OF BARCROFT by Bill SchweigartA compelling supernatural themed horror novel starring a pair of unlikely heroes Ben lives alone, supporting a mortgage after his fiancee s departure and struggling through depression and newly, panic attacks Lindsay is a curator at Washington D C s National Zoo, with a shallow itinerant girlfriend Ben s drug addicted neighbor s misbehavior has infested the quiet, formerly peaceful, neighborhood with raccoons, pigeons, and rats But the worst is yet to come, and in no way is this a spawn of Mother Nature THE BEAST OF BARCROFT is the exciting first entry in a new cryptozoological series, with wildly horrifying beasts and excellently characterized individuals


  9. Mommacat Mommacat says:

    4.5 starsIt twisted It turned It reached out and grabbed Literally THE BEAST OF BARCROFT was the Matterhorn of stories What s a guy supposed to do when he moves into a new house and doesn t check out the neighborhood first Hint to prospective homebuyers always look over the neighbors Well, for Ben McKelvie, it meant nothing but problems.Bill Schweigart expertly wove a tale that kept me guessing right up to the end What is terrorizing this quiet Virginia town Why did it kill Ben s greyh 4.5 starsIt twisted It turned It reached out and grabbed Literally THE BEAST OF BARCROFT was the Matterhorn of stories What s a guy supposed to do when he moves into a new house and doesn t check out the neighborhood first Hint to prospective homebuyers always look over the neighbors Well, for Ben McKelvie, it meant nothing but problems.Bill Schweigart expertly wove a tale that kept me guessing right up to the end What is terrorizing this quiet Virginia town Why did it kill Ben s greyhound, but not Ben As the creature goes on it s murderous rampage through Barcroft, I was glad that Schweigart did all his research He kept me hanging on and tapping pages as fast as I could I loved his believable sub plot and the outcome of that storyline It was positively refreshing.Random House Hydra gave me a copy of THE BEAST OF BARCROFT in exchange for my review I think it will take any horror reader on a wild ride


  10. Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆ Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆ says:

    Finally finished this LOL.So this story is about a man named Ben One night, he watches his poor dog get killed by a mountain lion and decides to find out WTF is happening well, he starts by trying to inform ppl of said lion but he s ignored As he investigates , things turn a bitsupernatural in nature.You know how good a book is when you forget the MCs name like 5 minutes after finishing the book True story Just finished it a couple minutes ago and realized I d already forgotten his Finally finished this LOL.So this story is about a man named Ben One night, he watches his poor dog get killed by a mountain lion and decides to find out WTF is happening well, he starts by trying to inform ppl of said lion but he s ignored As he investigates , things turn a bitsupernatural in nature.You know how good a book is when you forget the MCs name like 5 minutes after finishing the book True story Just finished it a couple minutes ago and realized I d already forgotten his name LOL.This felt like a first draft of a story The idea isn t bad Neither is the technical writing, but it had no depth to it It like almost like the author decided this book needed X things, so he just stuck them in there The plot is very straight forward There s no minor plot lines, no character development, or any of that So the stuff the MC says sounds incredibly cheesy and strange, and very disjointed.As an example, he s met this woman about a week ago They aren t in a relationship So, together they go off to find this monster and he locks her in his car She s understandingly upset about this, saying that she s already saved his life once Why lock her up And he, very seriously, presses his hand against the window and says I know You saved me from everything with a soulful look He was being serious.Who says that to some he met a week ago, who is gay so no chance of a relationship , and their only together because of this monster Another part of the book has him saying, after he sends a monster packing, I best not see you here again or else Really I m waiting for the CSI Miami start music to play.The book is riddled with shit like that I m going to give book 2 a shot Hopefully he s improved