Elsham's End by H.J. Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review: ELSHAM' S END by HJ Williams
This debut supernatural mystery was also my introduction to a vastly talented author who capably weaves multiple layers of theme, plotting, character, and time frames to keep the reader wildly engrossed and eager for the protagonists to succeed, if at all possible. (With an antagonist of this strength and might, success is never assured.)
A family living outside a small English village lives a content life, for the most part, somewhat insular, but rather well off economically. Life is comfortably routine, until suddenly, it is anything but. A neighboring home burns and the family dies; eighteen-year-old son John meets his true love, opening a Pandora' s web of supernatural horror; lives are fraught, gained, and lost. The suspense is constant and total, maintaining edge-of-the-seat breathlessness throughout. I so much enjoyed it I went straight on to purchase Mr. Williams' equally engrossing second novel, THE SHADE CLAN.
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