When her mother died, Isla Royle believed she was alone in the world – the only child of an only child. These certainties are turned upside down at the Funeral Home when Isla meets Arthur Edmunds who claims to be her grandfather. Edmunds offers her respite from her grief by inviting her to his manorial home in Suffolk where her ancestry is apparently linked to local legend. Here she is offered a life of affluence and comfort – a life which her mother abandoned. But overwhelmed by grief and new experiences, Isla’s mind begins to play tricks on her putting herself and her new family in terrible danger.
Jon Mackley is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Northampton and Assistant Adjunct Professor of Fantasy Literature at Richmond University, the American International University in London. He studied a degree in English Studies at the University of Stirling and a Master’s Degree and PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of York. His novels include Crossing the Threshold (2011), Twisting Fate’s Arm (2012), Heaven’s Devils (2013) and The Gawain Legacy (2014). He has also published an academic study of the Latin and Anglo-Norman versions of the Legend of St Brendan (2008) and a Bilingual edition of the Anglo-Norman version (2012), and a bilingual edition of the foundation legend The Origin of the Giants (2014). He has edited a gothic novel which was published in 1802 and which was influenced by the work of Ann Radcliffe entitled Who’s the Murderer? by Eleanor Sleath. He has also contributed essays to London Gothic (edited by Phillips and Witchard) and New Critical Essays on H.P. Lovecraft (edited by David Simmons)
- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Publication Date: September 1, 2018
- Genre: Mild supernatural and Mild Horror
Thank you The Fiction Café-Review and John Mackley for this arc.
This the first book that I read by this author, and I have to say WOW loved this book, it had me guessing and still trying to figure out all the secrets, mysteries and family secrets of the Edmunds.
I like how the author gradually builds up what we know of Islas life before the present time and how her troubled life plays trick with her imagination. There were times that I could not put this book down as I wanted to see how it was going to play out. I loved it and I can’t wait to share and recommend this book. I will be on the lookout for more from this author. What an awesome read.