P. D. Young

Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (10 of 13)
Location: Yorkshire, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 781,614 - Total Helpful Votes: 10 of 13
Welcome Home: A Short Story by William Hage
Welcome Home: A Short Story by William Hage
John Lester returns to his family home where he confronts the ghosts of his past. His late father was a man obsessed with finding a cure for insanity, and John's investigations into exactly what went on in the dusty, old house unearth some staggering truths... Welcome Home was a short, enjoyable read. The pay-off was a touch predictable, although there were some elements of surprise which made for a satisfying ending. Overall, it was an atmospheric, well-paced tale. As a taster, it's very much whetted my appetite for more from this promising writer! Well worth a look.
No Reflection (and other Horror Stories) by John Caliburn
I'm a sucker for a good horror anthology, so when I got the chance to read an advance copy of this book in return for a review, I jumped at it. I've got to say I very much enjoyed No Reflection, an entertaining compilation of seven short stories and a poem. Some tales were stronger than others, with my particular favourites being A Child's Imagination, in which a boy goes to extreme, tragic lengths to help his financially troubled parents; and Rustling Sheets, a simple yet vivid tale focusing on a child's night-time fears. The author's style of writing is unfussy and straight-forward, but he is still able to convey the atmosphere and tone he's striving for. Sometimes the tales steer into… Read more
The Basement: serial killer thriller with a breath&hellip by Stephen Leather
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Some good reviews and an eye-catching price attracted me to this one (plus the fact it's been hanging around the Top 100 for ages!). I think I got pretty much what I expected. It's well written and keeps the reader hooked until the big reveal. I wouldn't say it was particularly graphic - much was left to the imagination - but it isn't cosy reading. As for the much vaunted twist, although it wasn't exactly 'breathtaking' it did satisfy. A solid, short read if you're in the mood for something a little dark.