Review: Lost in the Bayou by Cornell Deville

Lost in the Bayou

By: Michael Adams
Genres: Coming of Age, Horror, YA
Pages: 176
Publisher: Wildheart
Published on: December 2, 2011
Review:  Lost in the Bayou by Cornell Deville

People disappear in the bayou.

And that’s exactly what fourteen-year-old Robin Sherwood needs to do—before her Uncle Conrad snips her toes off with his rusty garden nippers.

Something weird is going on.

When her parents’ private plane disappears in the Voodoo Swamp, Robin’s uncle moves into the multi-million dollar Sherwood Estate as her guardian. It doesn’t take Robin long to figure out there’s something not quite right about Uncle Conrad—besides having a metal claw where his left hand used to be.

Weird changes to crazy.

Conrad explains the bizarre game he has planned—a game that will leave Robin dead and Uncle Conrad the sole heir to the Sherwood fortune. In order to escape his devious plan and its deadly consequences, the bayou may be Robin’s only chance. It’s a risky choice, but becoming alligator bait seems a lot less terrifying right now than what’s waiting for her in the cellar.

Also by this author: Two Worlds

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Andi's Review



Woot Woot, I finally was able to get not only some reading but writing, yeah I did 2000 words over the last two days.  When I wasn’t writing, I was reading, and this little gem was next on my list.


Lost in the Bayou is based in 1963 in the deep south, I mean there is a Bayou.  Robin and her brother Andrew’s parents went missing after flying their plane.  Now the very first chapter says what happens to the parents, but it is a very important part, so it is something you need to read.  So the kids are Orphans, and with a million dollar estate it is no wonder that their uncle Conrad comes to call on them.  He is an odd duck and so when he starts talking about killing the kids, it should come as no surprise.  Now the kids don’t take a liking to being killed and they set out into the Bayou.


The story then progresses with urban legends, teenage strength, and perseverance in doing what is right, no matter the outcome.  I enjoyed it.  There are some small things that I will get to, but overall it is a quick YA read.


So the book is overall very good, there is a lot of detail and so honestly this book could have been 20-40 pages shorter.  I mean I understand why, but it would have been really easy to skim and still understand exactly what was occurring in the book.  For a YA that is geared towards younger YA, this could pose a problem.   I would have liked to know more about Fabian because he does play a pretty big roll in this book, be it from a mythical point of view, or a physical point of view.  Here is another thing, and this is because of my personal experiences.  Uncle Conrad is a soldier, he lost his arm in the war, Korea is what it says, although with the years… Anyways, so he is crazy, like Bat Sh*t crazy, and I guess being part of the military community it kinda bothers me that a soldier is portrayed so crazy that he is willing to kill his orphaned niece and nephew.  Should we walk around with kid gloves on around soldiers, no, but he could have gone cray cray a million different ways, and maybe he did, but it insinuated that it was tied together.


Overall this is a fun little read, and would I read more by this author?  Yeah I would.


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