Monday, 11 April 2011

12+: Long Lankin - Lindsey Barraclough

Release Date: 07/04/11


A chilling, beautiful debut novel inspired by a haunting folk song about murder, witchcraft and revenge. Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss ...When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon, they receive a less than warm welcome, and are desperate to go back to London. But Auntie Ida's life was devastated the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall, and now her nieces' arrival has reawoken an evil that has lain waiting for years. A haunting voice in an empty room ...A strange, scarred man lurking in the graveyard ...A mysterious warning, scrawled on the walls of the abandoned church ...Along with Roger and Peter, two young village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries - before it is too late for Mimi. Intensely atmospheric and truly compelling, this is a stunning debut.


If you like a horror story, with a supernatural twist and one that’s set in the fifties then you really have to get your hands on this debut title by Lindsey Barraclough. It’s well written, the characters are not only fascinating but also intriguing with hooks that will allow the reader to associate and with a tale told from multiple points of view it gives the reader the chance to know all of them pretty well in order to understand their motives and driving goals.

All in its pretty accomplished and a great start to a writing career that will be interesting to see how it develops. Back that up with an addictive writing style alongside a huge plot based around the traditional English Song Lamkin which is not only haunting but a wonderful touch to build upon. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see what Lindsey will create next and with this sort of debut, will be an author who moves directly up my TBR list every time a new title is released.

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