SFF

In Darkness, Shadows Breathe

Flame Tree Pr. Jan. 2021. 240p. ISBN 9781787585539. $24.95. HORROR
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This harrowing, time-bending, and plot-driven novel unfolds around the questions of what is real, what is imagined, and what is caused by supernatural evil. Centered on the stories of three women endangered by the same ancient demon, but told in two parts over multiple time frames, the tale unsettles. Cavendish (The Malan Witch) begins with a prologue featuring two medical professionals conducting heinous science with the help of a powerful dark being, setting the stage for the intense dread and confusion to come. Readers are firmly established in the bewildered minds of the central characters as they end up in a historically significant British hospital. Here, for certain patients, ghosts beckon and time is fluid, disorienting, and dangerous. Are these women the victims of a being set on immortality and doomed to repeat the horrors of the lives of its past vessels? Or is it all in their heads? The answer will come to readers differently as they make their way through this high-stakes, menacing tale.
VERDICT A compelling, immersive, and intense time-slip horror novel with sympathetic characters that readers actively root for. The tale reads like The Devil in Silver by Victor LaValle if it were written by Sarah Pinborough.

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