- File Size: 1170 KB
- Print Length: 114 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1521081999
- Publisher: musingMonster Books (April 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1521081999
- ISBN-13: 978-1521081990
- ASIN: B071CSYHQM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Scrimshaw: a novella (Deathlings Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
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From this startling, heart-stopping opening sentence onward, Scrimshaw is a book which grabs you by the scruff of the neck and launches you into a garish landscape of small town prejudice, secret smuggler’s passageways and teenage guilt, climaxing in a war with zombie pirates.
After the dramatic prologue, the story flashes forward six years and the main protagonist, Tom (a teenager with every right to be moody, truculent and uncommunicative), is reluctantly forced to return to the scene of his sister’s death: this time with his Dad, glamorous new step-mum and intensely annoying little step-sister.
They arrive in the sleepy coastal village of Little Sickle where weird locals, psychic skeletons and phantom pirates abound.
The thoroughly 21st century teenager Tom soon wikis his way through the internet and discovers his Dad has brought them to the most haunted village in Cornwall: as if those personal ghosts of his weren’t enough to deal with.
Things soon take a turn for the supernatural and nightmarish: as you won’t be surprised to learn if you’ve read any of this author’s previous work.
Who is the mysterious hulking man with the beard driving the white estate car in the nightmarish opening scene?
And the girl who tells his nine-year-old step-sister India about the ouija board in the attic?
The gorgeous local teenager with green eyes and the smell of fire and sea who shares the local folklore and takes him off into a honeycomb of hidden passages once used by pirates?
“Salt water falls from her mouth, vanishing before it touches me. Her lips are slick with it. A sliver of seaweed dangles from her chin. The little crab scuttles across her cheek and disappears into her right ear.... Her eyes hold mine, a tear falls, running down her cheek. It’s made of blood. She brushes it away, smearing it across her pale flesh. “
An excellent novella for teenagers with a stomach for gore. Daphne du Maurier it ain’t.