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Ms. Wycherley has crafted a tale of a mother’s loss, allowance of love and return to acceptance that is impeccably written. The inclusion and description of the setting and the nature of the world is exceptional. Truly an Example of using setting as a character in the very best way. The mystery was binding and well-unraveled. The horror was frightful and foreboding as well as believable. The writer did a lovely job of bridging the gap between realism in the actual world an made the magical world just as palpable. A strength was her attention to sympathy. The author truly let you see all worlds and all characters from every angle. This created spellbinding storytelling that hooked me to the final page. So well done.
Jeannie Wycherley’s debut novel is one packed full of creepy, witchy goodness. A great oak tree houses an even greater darkness and it is up to Heather Keynes to put an end to the evil Aefre!
Tormented soul, Heather Keynes, befriends a small group of “guardians”. The guardians are watchers and protectors against evil and have lived for many a year. Aefre is the crone, a dark witch growing ever stronger in power. She seeks to free herself and her sisters so that they can wreak havoc on the residents of Abbot’s Cromleigh. And so begins a battle of good vs evil!
Crone is a strong debut novel from Jeannie Wycherley. The writing is good, it has a nice flow to it and the pacing is solid. The atmosphere is suitably creepy and dark. It features some vivid dreamlike imagery and some great moments of horror, particularly in the latter parts of the book. The characters are well-drawn and strong enough for you to invest your time in. The main character is Heather Keynes. Heather is still reeling after losing her son in a car accident, but not to the point of which she becomes annoying in her grief. She is fragile when talking about her son, Max, but strong when facing down the evil crone, Aefre. The crone, Aefre, ticks all of the boxes for this reader as a great villain: evil beyond compare and able to shape-shift into a stunning seductress, bringing men under her sexual spell with ease. She is a driven, vile character and a real scene stealer! The guardians are also kind of cool, and have a real magical, wise old essence about them. I also loved the idea of the small white cottage which brings about Heather’s first contact with the guardians. The cottage is a sort of safe place and it’s use in the story goes against the old Hansel & Gretel fairy tale in which it was the evil crone that inhabited the cottage. I don’t know if this was intentional, but either way I dug it.
The Devonshire countryside provides a suitable backdrop for a story of this type with its winding country roads and quaint villages. There is something about folk horror tales set in the English countryside that I really dig, and Crone is no exception. I really enjoyed this book. Witchcraft and witches have always held a fascination for me and Crone is a really good horror read. For a debut novel, it is impressive, and I will be looking out for more from Jeannie Wycherley in the future. Splendid cover art, too!
4/5 broomsticks from the Grim Reader.
Jeannie Wycherley is an excellent writer. Her words seem as if they were effortless for her. I cannot express that enough. It is seldom that I see books in the horror genre with writing this good. I didn't find a single issue to gripe about with editing either. She should be very proud to have written such a well executed and imaginative story. I have never been to Britain yet it felt familiar and comfortable to me as a setting.
I don't want to spoil anything but suffice it to say that I found the characters to be some of the best in modern horror. I feel like I actually know them after reading the book.
I highly recommend this book. It is, in my humble and honest opinion, the best work I have read all year. Something about it just really did it for me. I will definitely be reading her next work, that's for sure.
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