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Monday, October 3, 2016

Old Town by Chris Thorndycroft [4 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
The city of Exeter has been struck by a wave of teen suicides. Nothing connects the teenagers but a mysterious viral video that Michael, freelance photographer, is desperate to get to the bottom of. With his stepson Billy mourning the loss of his older brother and rapidly slipping away into seclusion, Michael races against time to save his fractured family.

Meanwhile, Billy has discovered the dark heart of Exeter; a parallel world that has co-existed for centuries. Irresistibly drawn to it, Billy wanders the cobbled streets of ‘Old Town’ and encounters its decadent prince, Mister Toby; a grotesque figure who holds a seductive power over the souls in his grasp.
 
Publication Date: August 3, 2016
Publisher: Chris Thorndycroft
Publication Length: 55 pages
 
 
I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story.
 
Old Town is an engaging twist on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The descriptions of Exeter and Mister Toby are deliciously creepy. Michael's search for the truth and race to save Billy gives this atmospheric tale a sense of frantic urgency that made it impossible to put down. My only complaint with this story is it's length. I would have loved to know more about Mister Toby and why he was targeting the first born children of Exeter. A captivating 4 star read.
 
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About the Author
 
 
 
Chris Thorndycroft is a British writer of historical fiction, horror and fantasy. His early short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Dark Moon Digest and American Nightmare. His first novel under his own name was A Brother's Oath; the first book in the Hengest and Horsa Trilogy. He also writes under the pseudonym P. J. Thorndyke.
You can find him at his WEBSITE or on Twitter and GoodReads