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The Slaughter Man Kindle Edition
About the Author
Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, and now lives in East Yorkshire. She is the author of three novels, all published by Legend Press The Summer We All Ran Away (2013), The Beach Hut (2015) and Lily's House (2016) as well as a short-story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), which won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has also been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. The Slaughter Man is her sixth novel.
Visit Cassandra at cassandraparkin.wordpress.com or on Twitter @cassandrajaneuk--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07MJT3BWM
- Publisher : Legend Press (16 Sept. 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 676 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 268 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 549,696 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When Willow first arrives at Uncle Joe’s and walks into the woods there are numerous signs advising her not to trespass, private property etc. This is where I was wondering who she would meet in the woods and who the ‘Slaughter Man’ would be. I loved the suspense!
I was not sure about Lucas, a young man she encounters in the woods who comes with his own demons and vulnerabilities. I wanted to keep her away from him, feeling quite maternal towards her. However, despite his obvious difficulties, there is always hope and they each play a part in helping each other, directly and indirectly.
I loved the depth of the characters and their flaws and how they impacted on each other’s lives without even realising it.
I am not a fan of dreams in books, I tend to skip past them as I find them irrelevant to a story, but that’s just me. My only criticism of this book is that I wanted more chapters to say what happened next too! I mostly want to know what happens next to Willow, and to her lovely Uncle Joe!
I absolutely 'get' what she intended to do in this novel, but I found it very slow, and Willow's thoughts became repetitive. I even became irritated with her: her actions were more like those of a 13-year old than a 17-year old. And everyone around her treated her with kid gloves. I'm not unsympathetic - I worked as a bereavement counsellor at my local hospice for several years and was praised for my kindness and empathy - but sometimes a grieving person can benefit from a bit of a reality check.
This book is, like all Cassandra Parkin's, beautifully written. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for it. (Loved the kitten, of course.)
The book is both fascinating, disturbing and beautifully written. From the opening scene, the overarching sense is one of dark, creeping menace. This is a novel about voices – about being heard, not least when you have no voice. About what happens when you deliberately silence yourself; when you are too terrified to talk and too desperate not to.
When we enter seventeen-year-old Willow’s speechless world we are privy to her inner, desperate dialogue. Her life is crashing around her – her sister has died and her parents’ marriage is in trouble. Seeking solace and a place to escape to, Willow goes to stay with her Uncle Joe in a cottage in a forest. Joe is kind and understanding but he too has a secret. Enter Lucas, a disturbed and vulnerable young man harbouring his own troubled past, his demons making him potentially dangerous to Willow.
When Willow first encounters the Slaughter Man, stalking her dreams, she is terrified. And that fear permeates the pages. It takes over the story, blurs the lines between what Willow knows and what she fears. As memories of her sister intensify, Willow fears for her sanity and the myriad secrets threaten to overwhelm everyone.
Because everyone has a secret in this story. They are ‘surrounded by their own ghosts’ and one way or another, each of them is rendered speechless. And this is the book’s triumph: giving voice to characters most of whom who would rather remain silent.
This is an emotionally challenging book redolent with darkness. Difficult issues are dealt with intelligently, sensitively and maturely and the reader is left with clear glimpses of hope.
It was a privilege to read a book by an author coming into her authorial power. Not enough stars.