⭐⭐⭐ (of 5 possible stars)
I have read the tale of Sleepy Hollow more times than I can count. I love both the Disney cartoon version of the story and the Tim Burton movie. I don’t mind different interpretations of the story, and so I was very excited to read Horseman.
The writing style is enjoyable, and the characters believable, and I did like being taken back to Sleepy Hollow. That said, it was not as suspenseful as I had hoped for, and parts were even a bit predictable.
I loved the atmosphere and the feel of the first two-thirds of the book (very reminiscent of the original story), but when it got to the 3rd part it kind of lost me, and I can’t explain exactly why. That happens a lot when books skip years ahead – I think I just don’t like that so it isn’t necessarily anything wrong with the novel, just personal preference. It made me feel like I had been pulled out of the story and forced back in at another point that just didn’t grab my interest like the beginning did. That made the ending fall flat for me.
Overall, not a bad read, but not great either. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.