This is a well-written, intriguing ghost story in which a writer has to confront the demons of his past only to find out how intrusive they really are in his present. This is a tautly written, descriptive story with a well-developed protagonist, and a plot that moves the reader easily along to its shocking finale.
Jack Stone is a man in his early thirties. He is a successful writer living in London, England. He is in love with his beautiful girlfriend, Gail. All seems to be right with his world. Still, Jack always seems to be battling some inner demons. He grew up in the English countryside near the small town of Beckford and has not been back home, since he ran away at the age of eighteen, fleeing an abusive father and an unhappy childhood. When his aunt notifies him that his father has died, Jack goes home, the prodigal son returning to pay his final respects.
When he returns to his childhood home, he finds that all is not as it should be. There are supernatural manifestations. Moreover, the town bully who tormented Jack during his childhood is looking to pick up where he left off, only he has a new partner in crime. Jack confronts the real and the spectral terrors that await him, in an effort to find healing, only to find that some things are just not what they seem.
Those who enjoy ghost stories will find much to like about the book. While the ending came as a total surprise, the social implications of the unexpected twist to the tale are shocking, to say the least. While this book is an intriguing one, overall, the ending was not of the same quality as the rest of the book. Still, those who like ghost stories will definitely derive some enjoyment from reading this book.