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Brodmaw Bay by [Cottam, F.G.]
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'A thriller with a real sense of underlying evil, it's not to be read last thing at night.' (Saga)

Cottam succeeds brilliantly. (Daily Telegraph)

'Cottam's artful chiller has an exuberant innocence about it.' (Guardian)

A masterpiece of suspense with hints of The Wicker Man, this will have you sleeping with the lights on. (Bella)

Cottam delivers an effective and often stylish performance. (Daily Mail)

'A gripping story that will, just like Brodmaw Bay, suck you in and certainly leave you wanting more . . . A wonderful experience, moreishly dark and entertainingly immersive - Brodmaw Bay is one not to miss.' (milorambles.com)

'Cottam writes thrillers with a supernatural element and his greatest strength is the sense of place that he brings to a book . . . As usual this is a very readable book from an excellent writer.' (crimesquad.com)

Full of suspense and satisfyingly spooky, this is a real thriller. (4 stars) (Closer)

It's brilliantly crafted, and will leave the most cynical of readers wondering about what lurks beneath the sea. (Northampton Chronicle & Echo)

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Don't go there . . . The new novel by the author of The House of Lost Souls  is another masterpiece of suspense.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340981008
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005SZ1OH0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,079 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Feb. 2012
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There is something decidedly "old-school" about the way F.G. Cottam puts together his horror chillers; reliant mainly upon slow development, gathering menace and strange, inexplicable supernatural happenings which play out at a psychological level - at his best these tools are strongly effective. With "Brodmaw Bay", however, I felt there was something a little laboured in his approach.
Perhaps it was the way he relayed background to his plot-setting that had a very "researched" feel to it, or the many superfluous contemporary cultural references that peppered the narrative, or the rather pessimistic view of contemporary London - no doubt intended to make the idea of the Cornish village all the more idyllic - but coming across as unnecessary, bombastic tub-thumping. All the characters in the Greer family excel at something - even the father, who sees himself as a failure but isn't really - and the irritatingly precocious personas of the children which immediately brings a smugly affluent, middle-class perspective to the proceedings.
The plot was reasonably well constructed, though I found the central idea predictable and a bit hackneyed, with twists just a little too fortunate and contrived to be convincing.
This is all very negative; I really wanted to like this book but found it disappointing, especially in comparison to "Dark Echo" which I read a few months ago.
Nevertheless, in its favour, it did keep me reading till the end; contrivances aside, it was entertaining, just not the best I feel this author can deliver.
This is by no means a bad novel, but it isn't particularly outstanding.
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While I love all things horror, it does seem to me that the genre attracts more than its fair share of mediocre writers and that a true horror gem is rare to find. My search for genuinely frightening and well written horror books is a hopeful one, and I was drawn to Brodmaw Bay on the strength of its reviews.

Having completed the book my opinion is rather confused, but leans towards the negative for some fundamental reasons. The prose is competent in the most technical sense, and a lot of energy and research seems to have gone into building the story, yet the writing lacks passion or zest. I'm very happy reading books that are descriptive and slow paced just so long as the writing is engaging, with some kind of poetry to it, but the first half of Brodmaw Bay is so very drawn out and unyielding that I often found myself giving up and closing the book in sheer boredom. There are very many long and pointless descriptions of the past and mythology of Cornwall, which wouldn't have been a problem if written with vibrancy and dynamism, but the passages read as if spoken by rote by a rather uninspired history teacher.

Then there are the characters. If F.G. Cottam can be forgiven for his plodding prose, he cannot be forgiven for creating a group of the most lacklustre characters I've come across in a good few years of reading. James, Lillian, Jack and Olivia Greer are a family of improbable talents - a highly successful and revered artist, a gifted computer programmer, and a world standard footballer - but not one of them has enough personality to fill a thimble. F.G.
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Having read a couple of Cottam's novels, I've concluded he has a problem with writing dialogue.

Given that this is a novel set in the present day, it's odd that the characters speak as if they are appearing in an Ealing film. All the dialogue is stilted and strangely arch. Frankly, it got on my nerves.

Oh, it isn't scary either.
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First published back in November of 2011, British author Francis Cottam's (aka F. G. Cottam) fifth novel to see publication was the quietly sinister tale entitled 'Brodmaw Bay'.

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The Greer family had always enjoyed living in London. The busy hustle and bustle of the city life is what they had come to call home. But, when James and Lillian Greer's teenage son Jack is seriously wounded by a tyre iron wielding youth during a mugging, James decides that London is no longer a safe place to call home. And it's as his mind is full of these thoughts, as he sits by his unconscious son lying in the hospital bed, that he comes across a children's book entitled 'Brodmaw Bay' that shows a collection of beautiful illustrations of the most idyllic and quaintly old-fashioned coastal village that Greer could ever imagine. Illustrations that were undoubtedly the work of his very own wife - the now very successful children's book illustrator.

However, Lillian Greer has absolutely no recollection of doing these particular illustrations. The date of publication shows that they would have been done during her time at university, studying for her creative profession. Other than that, she has no clue. And so, armed now with his own copy of the book, James Greer starts to do a little digging on the internet. And the search engine results reveal that Brodmaw Bay is in fact a very real place. A place that James Greer is quickly becoming convinced is the right place for his family to live.

With the decision that they will finally get out of London made, James Greer takes a couple of days to visit the Cornish fishing village by himself, to see if the area really is what they have been looking for.
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