indie e-book review

From the very first page of this absorbing psychological, supernatural, highly atmospheric thriller I knew exactly the territory I was treading.  I recognised the calm, reasonable narrative tone: the voice of an educated, thinking, rational person, bookish even, who was about to experience terror fit to shrivel the blood.   The book starts with the narrator’s unambiguous statement of the sort of story he is about to tell.  This is the style and technique of Edgar Allan Poe, MR James, Henry James in The Turn of the Screw, and in our own day, Susan Hill in The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror and The Small Hand: even Kate Mosse in such a book as The Summer Ghosts.  And it is done extremely well – as well as Poe, the two Jameses and Hill: better, I have to say, than Mosse.

Lawrence Fairweather, an amateur botanist with a private…

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