On the brink of a breakdown, two years after the death of his fiancee, Jim Hawkes quits his high-powered job in the City to rent a cottage in the Devonshire countryside seeking some well-needed rest. But Slyford St James is far from the peaceful haven Jim was hoping for. Almost immediately he is plagued by strange occurrences: a combination lock that won’t open, loud noises in the attic, the figure of a little girl always just out of sight. His new village friends, Jed and Emma, are convinced Jim has found his way to the village for a reason, to solve the mystery surrounding the suspicious death of a child. But as Jim is haunted by the ghosts of his past and endangered by a real-world threat in the present, it soon becomes apparent that true evil never dies.
Short sharp reviews ongoing during the current crisis. All reviews to be expanded at later date.
The Evil Within was a beautifully atmospheric and occasionally very creepy novel that held my attention throughout- the odd off kilter setting, brilliantly described was often enthralling as one man navigates the depths of his grief.
A supernatural joy to read you’ll soon find yourself caught up in this ghostly delight- perfect for those lock in dark nights. Sleep with the lights on though…