When Cassie Rafferty goes missing from the town of Feelham, it brings back bad memories of when Ellie Hutton disappeared ten years ago.
For Danny Sheppard, the recollections that begin to resurface from all those years ago are bad enough for him to hire a private detective to find his three long-lost schoolmates who left their small village immediately after school, hoping to escape the demons that dogged them in their youth. Unfortunately, it seems that none of them have fared all that well, and although they swear never to return to Feelham, that’s exactly where they find themselves: right back where they started, unable to refuse Danny’s request.
Danny, Josh, Rob and Kieran must be four of the saddest characters I’ve ever encountered. Tilbury has described their lives in the most haunting way to evoke the utmost empathy. Yes, they’re rough around the edges, coarse and crass. But their entire manhood has been moulded and established by one of the most monstrous entities ever born: Danny’s older brother, Calum.
Equally poignant is Calum and Danny’s mother, Rose who believes that Calum is her golden boy who does no wrong. She hasn’t actually seen Calum in some years, but talks about him constantly, just waiting for him to walk through the door, making his favourite foods, wondering why he’s not coming home. Having never recovered from her husband’s tragic death, Rose is stuck in the past and Danny, although now an adult, has felt unable to leave her on her own … so he’s in effect, stuck too. It’s heartbreaking.
Calum is a work of malicious malevolence who possesses not one iota of kindness or empathy in his body. He is the most evil of sociopaths, and the most wicked, vindictive, blackest of souls! Tilbury has outdone himself with Calum, going all out to create a modern-day narcissistic devil of epic proportions. Readers beware … you will experience intense emotions: anger, frustration, revenge, increased blood pressure, smoke coming out of ears, grinding teeth, irritation (I’m not sure all of these are emotions, but just be warned, you’re bound to be doing a lot of them!!).
Starting in the present day from when a very naive Cassie is abducted, revisiting the past and Ellie Hutton’s disappearance when the boys were teenagers, and then returning to the here and now when the boys have reunited at Danny’s request, the story is riveting.
This is the first of Mark Tilbury’s books that I’ve read, but certainly won’t be the last – especially as I’m told he usually writes with a supernatural theme! Right up my alley!!
4 shiny stars from me for this one.
About the author:
Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.
After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.
He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had six novels published by Bloodhound Books, including his most recent release, You Belong To Me.
When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.
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