Posts Tagged ‘Gothic’

D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull

February 3, 2019 - 1:39 pm No Comments

D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret by Chris Turnbull

Published 27th October 2015

303 pages

If you ask folk what they know about Whitby, you either hear they do great Fish and Chips or Dracula.

Three years after Dracula was published, women are being murdered in Whitby, left with every victim was a calling card showing D: Detective Matthews is tasked with finding the culprit. Victoria is visiting Whitby with her politician husband, enjoying the sights and sounds oblivious to the attention she is attracting.

Mainly written from the POV of Victoria and D: helps you understand the danger that Victoria is in and the difficult job Det. Matthews had to do. Throughout the story, you don’t know much about D:,  he is a loner with an unhealthy fixation with Dracula and as Dracula obsessed over Mrs Harker, D: obsessed over Victoria.

As a historical fiction novel, this is well researched and as you are reading, you are transported back to Victorian Whitby. The descriptive writing has you imagining walking down the cobbled streets, smelling the sea air. Every character is the story is brought to life whether it is the children playing in the street or Victoria and Albert taking an afternoon stroll enjoying the Whitby sights. Like other’s, my favourite character was Tom, an 8-year-old carriage driver, who whilst having a difficult life, was a polite and conscientious young boy.

The story builds up to an exciting ending, which has you questioning the species of D: Ending on a cliffhanger, book 2 is already out. This a gothic crime thriller that anyone who loves historical crime needs to pick up

Heart of Jet by Sheila Shedd

December 4, 2018 - 10:33 pm No Comments

Heart of Jet by Sheila Shedd
Published by DevilDog Press on 22nd January 2018
324 pages

Manhattan-born sisters Caroline and Lottie had a happy life but when their father died, he left them a cryptic letter. Having to journey to their ancestral home in Scotland, they were left to solve their Grandma’s riddle “Revive the tormented soul of Fier.”
Even though they are sisters Caroline and Lottie are complete opposites. Caroline was studious whilst Lottie was a bubbly full of life. Travelling to Scotland showed just how naive and sheltered they were, as the journey was not without disaster.
With its narrative feel, it felt that you were not reading but curled up by a fire listening to their story. The descriptive writing showed just how varied and beautiful the Scottish climate was. As soon as the girls arrive in Scotland, the atmosphere of the book changes. Whilst the girls still had fun with the Scottish brothers there was always a feeling of foreboding when the haunting began. One surprise was how Lottie matured when her sister was in danger, even though she was always the pampered on she really stepped up when it was needed.
Whilst there is a romance running throughout, this did not detract from the suspense. With its Gothic feel and the added supernatural element made this into a page-turner. This book will please plenty of readers as it fits into so many genres.

The Haunter of the Moor: An Irish Ghost Story by Jeffrey Kosh

June 19, 2017 - 9:14 pm No Comments

The Haunter of the Moor: An Irish Ghost Story by Jeffrey Kosh

Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing on 13th February 2016

212 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Patrick Conroy was studying to be a doctor, wanting to go back to his ancestral roots, he goes to university in Dublin. Like the majority of students; he partied hard with very little studying. As his finals got closer he began to panic so decided to find a remote village so he could concentrate on his studies. Settling up on Ballymore, Patrick stays at Talbot house a manor steeped in dark history.

Patrick as a medical student did not believe in the supernatural, and whilst he listened to Siobhan and Maggie, I think at the start he was humouring them. The deeper he investigated the mystery, the more confused he got, he did not know who to trust even though his heart wanted to believe Maggie. Always the true gent, there was a funny moment when he ran outside and forgot to put his trousers on, all because of the barking dogs.

Reading this book, you can tell that it is well researched, whether it is the flowing language or the Irish history and folklore. Written from Patrick’s POV, helps make this story more intense as you feel that you are observing Patrick doubt his own sanity. Patrick’s journal was used to help explain the supernatural element, given it the feel that he did not believe what he was writing and also showed how folklore is twisted to suit the teller. Just as I thought it was ending in on a cliff-hanger, in stepped Father Wales a very staunch catholic priest, reading Patrick’s story from the priest’s POV helped explain more of the folklore and just how much trouble Patrick was in.

A creepy story with a traditional gothic feel to it.