- File Size: 602 KB
- Print Length: 332 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482576562
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: www.kit-tinsley.com; 2 edition (December 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BH5IAGS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dan Martin and his wife and two daughters move into a suspiciously affordable new house and discover the haunted undercroft of a long-demolished abbey of evil monks under their backyard. Terror and tragedy ensues.
The text is distractingly thick with typos and mechanical errors. It would be difficult to find a single paragraph without any missing punctuation or a misused to/too/two or their/they're/there. The story isn't particularly original or surprising in any way, relying on the old standbys of extreme denial and curiosity to tie the characters to the bad decisions necessary to support the plot. The characters themselves are heavily stereotyped by age and gender and then occasionally analyzed in Dan's internal monologue as if age and gender differences are a new and untapped subject.
If you're in the mood for a basic, classic haunted house story, you could do a lot worse. Reading Beneath is like going to see a decent generic jumpscare movie in the theater; as long as you don't go in looking for groundbreaking innovation and technical prowess, you won't be disappointed. The scares are solid, if standard, and well paced, enough so to keep even me distracted from the errors, which is quite difficult (after working as a technical editor, the urge to catch each one is hard to shake).
You've got your dream sequences from hell, your house calls from baffled professional ghost hunters, your it-was-only-the-cat (or in this case, dog) scenes, all effectively done. Dan himself is, for the most part, loveable and easy to root for as the heroic dad horror protagonist. Possibly, as an admitted daddy's girl with a little sister, I have a soft spot for him, but there it is.
There is one small but well-executed acknowledgment of the dubiousness of his decision to stay and keep his family in the house after the first few horrors they survive. He notes that the evil seems to have the power to make intense, terrifying psychic experiences feel small and ridiculous after the fact. The phenomenon is so real and relatable that its description is arguably more frightening than the scenes of terror themselves, so due credit for that.
As the secrets of the area's dark history come to light, the Martins begin to experience frightening supernatural phenomena. Hooded apparitions stalk their garden at night, an unseen hand carves messages on their walls, and most disturbing, their neighbors start to die. Opening the underground chamber has released a dark and evil force that has existed eons before man.
Can Dan Martin - a scientist who prides himself for his logical thinking - accept the existence of the paranormal in order to stop it? Can Dan protect his family and will they survive what dwells beneath?
This book also contains a bonus short story called 'Fear Thy Neighbor' - a story from Kit Tinsley's forthcoming collection 'Dark County: Tales of Terror From Rural England'.
On the whole, I enjoyed this book very much. The plot was tremendously frightening and completely original and actually was a terrific debut from a very promising author. I give this book an A! and I look forward to reading more from Kit Tinsley in the future.
If I did have one complaint about 'Beneath' by Kit Tinsley, it would be that while reading this book, I encountered multiple typos and numerous grammatical errors which I found rather annoying.
Full Disclosure: 'Beneath' by Kit Tinsley read and reviewed by Mary McGirr, an avid reader and book reviewer from Albany, New York. My daughter obtained a free download of 'Beneath' by Kit Tinsley for me to read from 'Amazon'.