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A wonderful, terrifying, visceral read from first to last.,
This review is from: Banquet for the Damned (Paperback)
Unexplained disappearances, a brooding presence, and a growing sense of disquiet drifts through the historical lanes of this ancient Scottish town.
There is something hidden, something powerful, something menacing moving through the cobbled streets and over the windswept beaches. An enduring malevolence is stirring, threatening the academic idyll. An ominous power desiring to be unleashed upon the population, desiring to feast.
The rain drenched walls and lanes of this seat of learning seem shrouded in spreading shadow, creating a palpable sense of foreboding as the tension rises. The town itself, affected by the changing elements, is described so beautifully that it becomes a character in itself, lending a greater feel to the unfolding events befalling the novel's characters. In your mind's eye, you can place yourself on the Scores, the rain dripping from your forehead, the chill spreading through your bones, as a raggedy shadow flits on the edge of sight. But you wouldn't want to!
This is a supernatural chiller in the tradition of the great M.R James, and set in the contemporary world of St Andrews. It is a beautifully rendered tale. This reviewer looks forward with expectation to the next words he reads from the extremely talented pen of this major new talent.