Another Christina Henry book is here!
Thanks to Berkley for the free copy in exchange for my honest review
HORSEMAN: A TALE OF SLEEPY HOLLOW – Christina Henry (Released September 28th, 2021)
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?
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars
Ever since picking up Henry’s book LOST BOY a few years ago I’ve been in love with her books and she quickly became an auto-buy author for me. I love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow so I was anxious to see what new spin Henry would bring to the Headless Horseman. While I love her writing this one wasn’t my favorite of her books – it was bound to happen! This book is leaning more towards a sequel than a retelling since it takes place decades after Ichabod Crane is chased out of Sleepy Hollow by the Horseman. With so much time passing the newer generations believe it just to be legend and the details are slowly forgotten. That is, of course, until the body of a young boy is found without its head.
I think things felt a little messy or just disconnected for me. It’s hard to explain because I was enjoying it while reading enough to easily finish it. Just a few pieces didn’t work the best for me in this case. Henry is still an auto-buy for me and I’m dying for her next book already!