Review. Father of Lies By S. E. England

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A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Novel Ruby is the most violently disturbed patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. After two years with no improvement in her condition, Dr. Jack McGowan eventually decides to hypnotise her. With terrifying consequences. A horrific dark force is now unleashed on the entire medical team, as each in turn attempts to unlock Ruby’s shocking and sinister past. Who is this girl? And how did she manage to survive such evil? Set in a desolate ex-mining village, where secrets are tightly kept and incomers hounded out, their questions soon lead to a haunted mill…the heart of darkness…and The Father of Lies. Sleep tight!A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Novel Ruby is the most violently disturbed patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. After two years with no improvement in her condition, Dr. Jack McGowan eventually decides to hypnotise her. With terrifying consequences. A horrific dark force is now unleashed on the entire medical team, as each in turn attempts to unlock Ruby’s shocking and sinister past. Who is this girl? And how did she manage to survive such evil? Set in a desolate ex-mining village, where secrets are tightly kept and incomers hounded out, their questions soon lead to a haunted mill…the heart of darkness…and The Father of Lies. Sleep tight!

4.5⭐️

Being a huge fan of James Herbert and Cheryl Bradshaw and Allie Harrison I was looking forward to reading this scary tale . It took me a while to get into the book, the opening was very good and gave me the feel of what was to come. I good horror needs to get this right from the first few pages and I believe the author managed this brilliantly. A few chapters in and I started to get lost a bit, the idea of jumping between different charterers stories and time was inspired , however at times is was just slightly fragmented. I wonder if  a few marked scene changes would have cleaned up the sometimes blurred lines of when and where the reader is in the book .  Having said that the story is just great. the characters are well established with plenty of back story .

Around the half way mark I felt the tale really started to come into itself and I had a good idea of how the different characters  intertwined. by the last quarter I couldn’t put the book down. It picked up pace and I really got the sense of suspense.

The writing style works perfectly for a book of this genre, the author flirts with the reader. building them up with chilling descriptions and quiet frankly disturbing horror. I am not ashamed to say that during my time reading Father of Lies I installed a plug in night light. In my opinion what makes this book so scary was it got to me on a physiological level. It was in what the author didn’t write that made it frightening. In writing horror I believe sometimes less is more, and the way the author has written this was exactly how i love my horror. Enough to rise my heartbeat and built the tension , with some awesome descriptive writing , while leaving the reader to imagine the rest. like in classic  horror movies like psycho its the unseen that makes it so frightening.

In conclusion,  A bit fragmented at the start but that didn’t detract too much from what is a very gripping, spin chilling horror. I know this is part of a trilogy and I will be putting myself through more nights sleeping with the light on to find out exactly how this story ends.

Amazon link  Father of lies

At the time of this review, Father of Lies was also available on kindle unlimited and audio book.

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