“Adam Collins buys an old cottage by the sea to relax when warned his high pressure job could lead to an early heart attack. But ghosts of a nearby fishing village that many years ago collapsed into the sea return to haunt him. Soon he is drawn into a supernatural world which increasingly threatens his future with unfolding strange events.”
Geoffrey Sleight is a British novelist who writes paranormal mystery thrillers. Feel free to check out Mr. Sleight’s other books on his website.
When Adam Collins retires from his high stress job in London, he decides to buy a rundown cottage with the goal of refurbishing the house and property. It’s located at the top of a cliff that has beautiful scenery overlooking the ocean. Adam plans to pursue his artistic talent by sketching and painting the area.
The cottage Adam purchases isn’t inherently evil, but it is imbued with the history of Coatehaven, the fishing village that dramatically collapsed into the ocean two hundred years ago. As Adam is drawn into the historic area he struggles separating the supernatural world he is drawn into from reality. It was hard for me to accept that Adam would buy into the ghostly images when he knew the history, but bit by bit reality slipped away.
The ending could have ended several different ways and I was surprised by the direction it took. It did tie up the other thread, which I didn’t discuss. It dealt with how Adam rationalizes his kids and the wife he was separated from. This added another dimension to the story I’ll allow the reader to muddle over. I will say it shocked me…
There were two well deserved F-bombs.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 30-35,000 words