After the brilliantly-shocking "A Warlock in Whitby", I wasn't sure if Robin Jarvis could possibly create another hit and cap off the series well. Boy was I in for a shock. "The Whitby Child" is not only longer and more intense than both of its predecessors, it is better than both combined! With new terrifying monsters keeping the story alive, and the arrival of Crozier's Coven at last, this final installment is an excellent excercise in the macabre. With more twists than before, and some nice scenes (as well as a heart-breaking, well-written ending that manages to steer clear of cheese territory), this is a brilliant last book. May Robin Jarvis continue to write forever!
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The Whitby Child is the crown of the Robin Jarvis' Whitby trilogy. Though its two predecessors were excellent they pale as page-turners next to the sheet addictive quality of this finale. The action, as in Warlock in Whitby, kicks off shortly after the events of the previous book. It doesn't feel episodic, nor did Warlock feel as if it had plot strands hanging to set up the sequel, but it becomes apparent that the entire series has been one brilliantly considered and executed cycle. Once again, Jarvis pulls no punches as his characters meet ever greater challenges from new enemies, delving ever deeper into themes of the occult, loss and Lovecraftian horror. The conclusion, after I reached it in a frenzy of reading, had me welling up - not because of sadness but due to the sheer power of what I was reading. This must be one of the greatest books ever written.
Love love love Robin Jarvis. I read the Crystal Prison when going on holiday with my folks as a child and think his writing is equally suitable for children and adults alike. Just the right level of scary and in language that challenges children yet doesn't treat them like idiots or alienate them. This book is a fitting end to the Whitby trilogy and I will read it over and over again.