The Village of Lost Souls by Sam Kates

Cover imageI can recommend this book to anyone who prefers their horror to be more psychological than savage. I finished it on the day that the death of James Herbert was announced. I’d been thinking that it reminded me of Herbert’s early work – which is praise indeed.
The writing is pacy, flows beautifully and swept me along. The characterisation and dialogue are convincing as are the sense of time and place. That is a more challenging writing challenge than it may sound as we see the world through the central character as he ages from five to seventeen before, and during, WW11. The sense of menace builds gradually and subtly. It’s a strong, original story, well told. At 60,000 words it’s not a long book and could be read in a single session.
I bought it for Kindle from Amazon. The Village of Lost Souls