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A very enjoyable read...,
This review is from: A Door in Thorston (Kindle Edition)
I'm not generally drawn to supernatural horror-type novels but the author contacted me with a request to review and I'm a sucker for a free book, so I gave it a bash.
I was really impressed. The tale is really gripping (I read the book over the course of a Sunday), the characters are well drawn - with a nice depth to four major players and a full - but not excessive - cast of minor parts.
The pacing was particularly good; an introductory flashback catapults you head-first into the story, followed by a gradual building of the characters and the roles they play in the brooding darkness that surrounds Thorston village. The plot seems to hit fever pitch at just the right moment and I found myself compelled to read to the end of the tale so as to understand how things turned out for those characters that 'made it'.
As with a lot of horror (certainly the films i've watched) there's an element of the mystery/thriller whereby the characters need to piece together just what is going on before they are consumed by the malevolent forces they're battling. I thought this was another area that the author had spent some time on and consequently had a nice depth to it.
As you'd expect with a supernatural horror - there's some brutality, slicing and gore. However, to my mind, it all seemed to happen at the appropriate places and be germane; not overused or needlessly gratuitous.
I did spot a couple of errors in the kindle version that had escaped the editor - nothing to burst a blood vessel over though.
All in all, it was thoroughly enjoyable, i'd recommend it to anyone (old enough to stomach a modest amount of bloody violence) and would definitely give anything else by the author a go.