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Review - Sentinel by Drew Starling

Sentinel by Drew Starling A Thrilling Supernatural Horror Novel The Bensalem Files Book One Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 14, 2021 Print length ‏ : ‎ 282 pages Something is lurking in the woods just beyond Aaron and Ellen Dreyer's new country home, and an evil that has been hiding in plain sight is about to emerge. A neighbor is brutally murdered, their 4-year old son goes missing in broad daylight, and the local town of Bensalem devolves into a cesspool of finger-pointing and chaos. With nowhere left to turn, Aaron and Ellen are forced to venture into the woods to find their son... and the truth. But in the process, they uncover a force larger and more sinister than they ever could have imagined.


The Dreyer family moves onto Wickham Rd in the sleepy town of Bensalem hoping for a great place to settle in with their little family. What lurks in the woods and the secrets the town holds changes everything.

Sentinel started off with what I thought was going to be a slow paced book but when things picked up, I was totally engrossed! Starling did a brilliant job of capturing my attention with his vivid writing. I could visualize everything from the outdoors, the town of Bensalem, the characters and the beast that roamed the woods.

The tension in this book is insane and it continues to build throughout the book leaving you wanting more. As the story progresses things get weirder, and weirder with Aaron and his family. The terror the family goes through runs off the pages often leaving me with a sense of dread too.

When the twists begin things get even more thrilling. I loved the mystery and suspense involved in this book. It was so gripping! I literally did not want to put this book down. This was beautifully written and yes, I am saying that about a horror book.

This was a debut novel for Starling, I cannot wait to see what else he has in store. This was my first read by him, and I’m hooked. I look forward to the second book in this series. Indie Book Addict Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Click the book cover to grab your copy.


About the Author

Author Drew Starling

An Amazon bestselling author of horror and dark fiction, Drew Starling is a husband and dog dad who loves strong female leads, martial arts, and long walks in the woods with canine companions. He would like to think his plots are better than his prose, but strives to make his words sound both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. He listens to Beethoven, Megadeth, and Enya when he writes, and all of his work can be found at His only rule of writing: the dog never dies. Stay up to date with the latest on Drew's work. Amazon | Facebook | Instagram | Website

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