Written by: Jonathan Janz
Published by: Flame Tree Press
Pages: 304
Reviewed by: Naomi Downing

Myles Carver is dead. But his estate, Watermere, lives on, waiting for a new Carver to move in. Myles’s wife, Annabel, is dead too, but she is also waiting, lying in her grave in the woods. For nearly half a century she was responsible for a nightmarish reign of terror, and she’s not prepared to stop now. She is hungry to live again…and her unsuspecting nephew, Paul, will be the key. Julia Merrow has a secret almost as dark as Watermere’s. But when she and Paul fall in love they think their problems might be over. How can they know what Fate–and Annabel–have in store for them? Who could imagine that what was once a moldering corpse in a forest grave is growing stronger every day, eager to take her rightful place amongst the horrors of Watermere?

When I first started reading this book I thought it was jumping around too much, the abrupt switches between scene threw off the flow of the story. After awhile I started to look forward to the flashbacks because they shed some light on what was happening currently. This was a very complex storyline with many different layers, it was impossible to guess what was going to happen next.

The characters really come alive, I didn’t really relate to any of them, I was locked in and couldn’t wait to see what horrific deeds would happen next. I really like the mix of messed up family dynamics and the supernatural story, not only is the house evil but so are many of its inhabitants. I really enjoyed Annabel and Myles’ story, their villainous actions and fancy parties left me wanting to know more about them.

The descriptions throughout the book are great, the amount of detail that the author goes into when describing the ghastly sights in front of you gives you an uneasy feeling. The setting and atmosphere in this book gave the storyline the right amount of creepiness.

Overall I really liked this book, despite its slow and rocky start. Once I got into this book I couldn’t put it down. This book has a great blend of elements that will set your teeth on edge, it will give you goosebumps, it will make you cringe with the gore and gruesome. Jonathan Janz is definitely an author you should check out, I’ve added him to my list of authors to read.

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