There's always a risk when an author takes on a short story. Particularly when it's a short horror/supernatural story. The risk is; there's no room to develop the proper amount of tension and darkness to cause anything like a real chill factor. That's what happened here.
The story itself is easy to follow and set is East Anglia approximately one hundred years ago. There are two principle characters, schoolboys, who are reaching adulthood when they find themselves drawn into a mystery involving music and an ancient cathedral. The basic question is always 'is it or isn't it' as the reader is asked whether events are imaginary or paranormal.
Broken Voices is one to add to the growing collection of ghost stories written in the style of M. R. James.
Is it scary?. No. Broken Voices is intelligent and nicely written but there's very little here that's in any way chilling. The story doesn't live up to it's promise though I did enjoy the character of the wicked black cat who pops in and out of the plot.