By Thomas Brown
To be published by Sparkling Books Ltd in June 2013
E-book ISBN: 9781907230424
I have never regarded myself as a delicate reader, and I will happily read just about any genre. When I saw the publisher's synopsis on Net Galley, I decided this is a book which I would find enjoyable.
After all, who could resist this?
"Who wouldn’t want to live in an idyllic village in the English countryside like Lynnwood? With its charming pub, old dairy, friendly vicar, gurgling brooks, and its old paths with memories of simpler times.
But behind the conventional appearance of Lynnwood’s villagers, only two sorts of people crawl out of the woodwork: those who hunt and those who are prey. Visitors are watched by an entity between the trees where the Dark Ages have endured to the twenty-first century. Families who have lived behind stone walls and twitching curtains know that the gusts of wind blowing through the nearby alluring Forest bring with them a stench of delightful hunger only Lynnwood can appease."
I was right.
This is indeed a wonderfully eerie, atmospheric book, which I have to own, managed to unsettle and spook me so much that I simply could not read past the first 100 pages, even though I was enjoying it and made several attempts. It was deliciously scary, and left me unable to sleep, which happens very rarely.
I'm not sure whether to congratulate the author on his skill or castigate him for making it so haunting that I simply could not continue reading it :-)