I would say that I have a eclectic taste in books; I’m certainly willing to give most genres a try. The book that I’ve read and reviewed most recently is quite a departure – I rarely read novels that fall into the horror genre. However, I was intrigued by the blurb about this book and decided to “give it a whirl”.
“Lynnwood”, a debut novel by Thomas Brown, is an absorbing, atmospheric dip into mystery, suspense and horror.
This short novel is set in and around the English village of Lynnwood, which, although only a dozen miles from Southampton, is buried deep in the New Forest. It is an ancient village and to outward appearances, is an idyllic place to live. Freya has lived there all her life, originally with her parents, then her husband, Robert and their children. When the story begins, Robert is no longer on the scene and almost immediately, one begins to feel that all is not well in this beautiful village. As the story progresses, we learn about some of the myths attached to the area – these appear to be echoed in dreams being experienced by Freya and some of the people she knows. Freya’s son, George, has had some strange experiences down by the disused railway tunnel and speaks to his mother of a “friend” who dwells in the tunnel.
To tell more of the story would spoil it for other readers, but I will say that this is a well-written piece. The descriptions of the Forest are so good; Thomas Brown is able to create a setting which comes alive. He builds the suspense gradually, until the chill creeps from the pages and you wonder what exactly the mystery behind the strange happenings in Lynnwood is.
I will certainly be looking out for more books by Thomas Brown!