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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Neil Spring’s The Haunted Shore is a book that better be read in one sitting with all the lights blazing ON!
‘A Darkness Is Rising’
Eerie and mysterious, the insidious quality of the desolate murkiness that hangs over the book cannot be described by any word that I write here. The Haunted Shore begs to be read for all fans of supernatural thrillers coz it is not just the ghosts and unexplained phenomena that causes the chills but the Machiavellian sneaky drama that enfolds throughout the story.
Elizabeth Valentine, Lizzy is running from her mistakes and the call from her brother Colin to return back home to Shingle Street in Suffolk is like a manna from heaven. The much-required peace and shelter that she wishes for, never materializes as Lizzy comes to terms to the extent of her neglect of her family affairs and the very sly care-taker Hazel who has made herself home.
The psychological element of the story muddles the plot brilliantly coz Lizzy as a character is not someone whom one can instantly like but as the story progresses and the reader becomes enmeshed in unravelling the tangle of secrets that surrounds the Martello tower and the forbidden military area called Orford Ness, an island of secrets, I began to root for Lizzy and her solid friendship with Bill.
The author’s use of the bleak and stark shoreline with rumors of atrocities during the world war is masterly and to know there are bits of truth in the story sends cold shivers down the spine.
Thoroughly terrifying and chilling, The Haunted Shore is a must read for all fans of psychological supernatural thrillers.
A CHILLING GHOST STORY SET IN THE HAUNTING WILDERNESS OF SUFFOLK
When Lizzy moves to a desolate shore to escape her past, she hopes to find sanctuary. But a mysterious stranger is waiting for her, her father’s carer, and when darkness falls, something roams this wild stretch of beach, urging Lizzy to investigate its past. The longer she stays, the more the shore’s secrets begin to stir. Secrets of a sea that burned, of bodies washed ashore — and a family’s buried past reaching into the present.
And when Lizzy begins to suspect that her father’s carer is a dangerous imposter with sinister motives, a new darkness rises. What happens next is everyone’s living nightmare . . .
From the bestselling author of The Ghost Hunters and The Lost Village, The Haunted Shore is a terrifying tale of suspense that does not let up until the last page is turned.
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