Let me just catch my breath and recoil, from the vice grip of having my knees curled so tight to chest, whilst reading this novel. Was I scared...yes! Did I imagine the author secretly plotting out the lines of his book on a small local village near to me as I was reading it...yes! Hannibal Whitman, the inner psyche of a neurotic film buff sets his sights on a small village in Northumberland, Haydon, as his residing point for a few months, to do research for his book. The residents warmly welcome him but when a young girl disappears, Whitman, being the new guy, is suspected of playing a part by the local Police and is verbally eaten alive by the village gossips. No evidence is found connecting him or locating the girl and soon Christmas draws near. However nothing could prepare the idyllic rural community for what Santa would bring them this year. This novel was one the most heart racing, jaw-dropping novels that I have ever dared to finish. I had grown to know and think fondly of all the characters of the village and never imagined the horrific and gruesome fate that awaited them, by befriending this seemingly gentle stranger. I feel guilty, like I should have warned them. This is definitely a book I'll be giving friends and family for Christmas.
-- The Crack Magazine, December 2007
A winter's tale with a sting.
There's a newcomer to the small Northumberland village of Haydon...a charming novelist and film buff, researching a crime thriller about a serial killer on a rampage in a remote Northumberland community. The only trouble is, it's a work in progress and it's going to be non-fiction.
392 men, women and children stand in his way to achieving a sadistic dream.
As the worst winter in more than a century approaches, can two investigating police officers trapped with the terrorised residents stop this monster?
"This novel was one the most heart racing, jaw-dropping novels that I have ever dared to finish." ~ The Crack Magazine
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