I’ve read a few of the author’s other books and enjoyed them to varying degrees. His latest, The Summoning, was great and I hope will be the start to a series. This book, published in 2013 follows a similar type of pattern to The Summoning. A young arboreal expert, Tom Curtis is employed by a billionaire who owns a vast area of land along the Welsh coast. Saul Abercrombie is dying, and before he leaves this Earth he wants to restore the Welsh land he owns to its original forestation of a thousand years earlier. But he’s not just being ecologically thoughtful; Saul has his own reasons for wanting to return the land to tree and forest. And it’s that fact which haunts Tom, even though he isn’t aware of Saul’s calculations. Meanwhile, Tom’s past is catching up with him, and it’s more frightening than he could ever have envisaged.
This is a pleasant read; spooky with an undertone of myth and legend. The characters in Tom’s life generally seemed rather unpleasant, which helped add to the tension in the narrative. While it all may seem a bit farfetched to a general reader, I found it an engaging read. Recommended for an enjoyable light read in the spooky/gothic genre.