WOW, I wasn’t sure to expect from this book, but once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I will say it’s not one for the faint hearted as there are some quite gruesome scenes. But I was absolutely hooked.
Emma has to get away, she is in controlling and violent relationship and she knows she has to escape, she leaves everything behind, terrified he will be able to find her.
Driving off one morning she ends up in a place called Flammark, basically she had just picked the place by dropping a pin in a map, using most of her money she pays 6 months rent on a cottage. Forever looking over her shoulder, terrified she is being followed. Terrified he will find her. What will her punishment be this time if he does find her? Jumping at shadows. She meets Gabby who lives in the village and knows everyone and everything, she picks up on Emma’s state and comforts her. The rental cottage is opposite an old church, which fascinates Emma, it turns out the place she has rented is owned by William the vicar of St Jude’s church. With Will’s help she gets a job working as a receptionist for the local Dr. But what is the illness that the people in the community have come down with? As Will’s congregation is getting smaller, and fewer patients are going to the drs surgery afraid of passing whatever they have to others. Then there is the disappearance of a young girl 6 months earlier, Isabel, why didn’t the police look harder to find her. Someone had desecrated the church, and left notes regarding Isabel and her father who had died 2 years earlier. What was that about? Why wasn’t the accident investigated more thoroughly by the previous Detective in charge at the time? Why did he retire shortly after?
I really liked Emma initially she seemed weak, but as the story progressed she became stronger, the characters are all great. As things unfold the reader starts to learn more about the history of Flammark. The way the place is described you can just picture it in your mind, so vividly written. The story pulls you in, with its intrigue as to what is happening the tension gradually building, at times it’s downright creepy. Is Emma there for a reason? But why?
If you want a read that is brilliantly paced, a great plot, with great characters some good, some not so good. A police procedural, mystery with some supernatural, humour, then you will enjoy this book. It literally has it all. As the tension builds you find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat, clutching a pillow wondering how this is possibly going to end. The fight between good and evil. To the dramatic climax at the end.
I highly recommend this book it’s definitely a 5⭐️ read, it’s book one in what I think could be a brilliant series, and I personally can’t wait to see more of these characters. To see where the writer takes them next.