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Thomas Brown creates a fantastically chilling tale of multi-generational decline into depravity; some fight it, others don’t; some are prey, others hunters; some recognize what’s going on right away, others are slow on the uptake. Thoroughly enjoyable book.
The unthinkable is happening in Lynnwood - a village with centuries of guilt on its conscience.
Who wouldn't want to live in an idyllic village in the English countryside like Lynnwood? With its charming pub, old dairy, friendly vicar, gurgling brooks, and its old paths with memories of simpler times.
But behind the conventional appearance of Lynnwood's villagers, only two sorts of people crawl out of the woodwork: those who hunt and those who are prey. Visitors are watched by an entity between the trees where the Dark Ages have endured to the twenty-first century. Families who have lived behind stone walls and twitching curtains know that the gusts of wind blowing through the nearby alluring Forest bring with them a stench of delightful hunger only Lynnwood can appease.
Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Sparkling Books LTD.
Publication Date: June 17th, 2013
This book took me a little while to get into. I'm not a horror fan in the sense that I read it very often. I will say that I love my YA and my Fantasy/Dark Fantasy first and foremost. However, I love reading other genres too, but I gravitate towards YA/Fantasy/ParaRomance. However, now that my warning has been stated, I will say that this book was pretty enjoyable. I would say it is a cross between, for me, Torchwood meets Stephen King. Which was really interesting when you see it meshed together.
The story had a good flow and a nice steady pace. At 192 pages it isn't terribly long but it was enough to get the story told and to do it well. I read about the author as he is an MFA student. Since I am heading into my application season ... I do my best to check out what graduates and current students are putting out there. I will say this: I can see why they accepted him into the program. His writing was clean, fluid, and all the blocks fell into place with each other.
This is an exceptionally well written story that I really enjoyed reading. It is set in the UK with their style of speaking, etc. So, if you aren't familiar with some of the subtle changes between the US and the UK English this will definitely teach you a little bit. But, I felt that it strengthened the story and really brought a great connection between the characters and myself. I definitely enjoyed reading it. The horror was there and he definitely reminded me of King, but the best parts of him. Brown isn't overly wordy but does give good description. I loved Stephen King's The Talisman and if you're a fan of King ... well, to put it nicely, we all know how long winded Mr. King can get. Brown is nothing like that. While he gives you great narration and description, he doesn't make you go, "oh my god ... can we get to the point already?" He goes off and adds the beauty of the words but doesn't get into the long winded mode some writers can do.
Using terminology and British spellings for words, the atmosphere is strengthened by the expertise of the author's word choice. The descriptions are so crisp that I could nearly smell the bacon and egg breakfast that Freya cooked and gorged herself with every morning or hear Freya's footsteps through her well-traveled path through the forest. I felt the hairs on my arms prickle when the setting switched to the abandoned railroad tunnel.
The frequent flashbacks into Freya's blissful childhood illuminated the cracking sanity and simple `wrongness' of the villagers' behavior when the focus shifted back to present day. A hunger builds from the first scene until the last and as a reader I didn't feel satisfied until the last page was turned in this psychological horror.
And so I leave you with a review that aims to tease your taste buds rather than stuff you with fillers (mostly because its too easy to spoil the surprise). As with any horror book done well, how the story unfolds matters as much as the content and this book doesn't disappoint. (A)