The Fisherman by John Langan


Publication Date: June 30th, 2016

This review does not contain spoilers.

‘Goodreads Blurb’

In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman’s Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other’s company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story. Soon, though, the men find themselves drawn into a tale as deep and old as the Reservoir. It’s a tale of dark pacts, of long-buried secrets, and of a mysterious figure known as Der Fisher: the Fisherman. It will bring Abe and Dan face to face with all that they have lost, and with the price they must pay to regain it.

My thoughts

This was definitely an interesting story, and unlike anything I had ever read before. I really enjoyed the sections about Abe and Dan, and how they became fishing buddies, and it’s very much a story about tragedy and loss, with some horror bits mixed in. When Abe and Dan are sitting in a diner for breakfast before leaving for a new fishing spot, one of the locals warn them, and begin to tell them about the creepy things that have been rumored to have happened there. From this point, the attention is taken away from Abe and Dan, and the author then decides to write about the tale that the local warned them of. It is essentially a story within a story, and this can work; however, I thought this chunk of the book went on for way to long. There were definitely scary elements to this section of the book, but I did find myself nodding off a few times, just because I was more interested in the present with Abe and Dan. After you get past this section, we see what eventually unfolds during their fishing trip to this particular spot. I have been wanting to read this book for awhile now, and even though when I first started it, and was sure it was going to be a 5 star read, I ended up giving it 4 stars on Goodreads. I would still recommend this to anyone who likes horror, and I think they would really enjoy this. Its not a very long book at all, but the author took several years to write it, and I can definitely see that he put a lot of thought into this story.