Tuesday, 22 March 2011

12+: Tyme's End - BR Collins

Release Date: 04/01/11


Bibi feels out of place everywhere - everywhere that is, except for Tyme's End, the deserted house that she breaks into when she thinks nobody is nearby. There she unexpectedly meets Oliver Gardner, the owner of the house, who's just returned after ten years away. Their story and the story of Oliver's grandfather becomes inextricably entwined, linked as they are by Tyme's End itself. For Tyme's End is more than just a deserted house. It is a house that by turns can be romantic, beguiling, sinister and malevolent. It is a house that had a cruel and manipulative owner. And anybody who enters Tyme's End must prepare themselves for terror ...Part mystery, part psychological thriller, set in the present yet with forays into the past, this is a cleverly ambitious novel that makes for a compulsive and gripping read.


This title to be honest is not a three character story as whilst its told from the viewpoint of three individual leads, it has a fourth who can be just as twisted, inviting or mysterious as the others, the house itself. Whilst it’s beautifully written, it’s really the characters who take this title where the reader wants to go as each element of the arc keeps the reader just as fascinated or frightened as the author wants them to be. Whilst this may seem a little strange to some readers, for me that’s the really gripping part, as after all what’s more frightening? Something you can see or that gnawing feeling of being watched on the back of your neck?

What BR Collins also does well is set the scenes which when added to a good dollop of prose and some carefully selected sentence structures really made this an enjoyable read. I’ll definitely have to seek out other titles by this author in the future for just as much fear as well as great character description.

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