Will O’ the Wisp by C. S. Boyack


My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Amazon)

There is something evil up Bergamot Holler, and it’s been targeting the Hall family for generations.
Patty Hall is fifteen years old. She loves stargazing, science fiction, and all things related to space exploration. This leaves her perfectly prepared for the wrong problem.
Patty is afraid her mother will send her to a care facility if she tells her what she’s seen. If she doesn’t figure things out soon, she’s going to join her father in the Hall family cemetery plot.
Patty is going to have to come to grips with her own physical handicap, survive the wilderness, and face an ancient evil all alone if she’s going to survive.
Will O’ the Wisp is suitable for young adults. It involves strong elements of suspense, and is set in the mid 1970s.


Genre(s):  Paranormal, Young Adult

Series:  n.a.

Length:  259 pages (Amazon estimate)

Release date:  2015-03-13



At our lunchtime picnic table, Laura said, “I wish I had seen it, too. Nothing cool ever happens around this place.”

“It wasn’t cool,” Pete said. “It was some scary damned shit, and I don’t ever want to see another one. I asked my grandpa, and he said it was Lieutenant Kendall. He was supposed to carry a lantern to signal when to attack the Yankees. He got turned around in the forest, and all the soldiers were massacred. Now he carries the lantern through the forest for all eternity.”


My Opinion

This story introduces you to 15-year-old Patty Hall. Her greatest concern used to be her leg braces. This changes one night when stargazing with a friend. I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With Will O’ the Wisp, C. S. Boyack presents us the intriguing story of a girl who doesn’t give up, friendship and a light that triggers weird events. This story is cleverly elaborated, has a great flow, carrying the reader through all events. C. S. Boyack skilfully – and lovingly – describes his characters’ characters in enough detail, you can imagine them clearly. Ernest Hemingway once stated “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” C. S. Boyack shows this masterly with this story – he created living people instead of mere characters. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Patty. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading Will O’ the Wisp. It is a very enjoyable read.

This is a book to read over and over again. Highly recommended!


About the author

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.


Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Virgilante

Amazon:  C. S. Boyack

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Will O’ the Wisp?  Or – if you did not yet read Will O’ the Wisp – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Will O’ the Wisp was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

10 Statements – C. S. Boyack

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    • You must have sensed my joy, Craig. On the other hand it was a real pity to reach the end of the story – I love it and will miss Patty big time.

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