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Not all spirits rest in peace…
Following a personal tragedy, a recovering Grace Clements relocates with her husband and daughter to an old cottage in idyllic rural Oxfordshire. As the family integrate into the seemingly benign local community, they learn unsettling facts about the cottage’s dark past. Grace quickly becomes uncomfortably aware of a menacing presence within their new home.
Stumbling upon a neglected cemetery, Grace and her daughter discover the graves of the house’s previous inhabitants, including those of nine babies. Dismayed to find herself pregnant, Grace suspects she has awoken something truly evil in her new residence. She develops a creeping sense of unease as she unravels the disturbing truth about the history of the cottage and the fate of its occupants.
Who is the sinister boy watching Grace and her family? Are there malevolent forces at work? Or is the mentally fragile Grace heading for another breakdown?
A spellbinding paranormal thriller from the best-selling author of Lay Me To Rest. You may want to keep the lights on…
I do love a good ghost story and this was a rather good one. The moment I saw the cover of this book I knew I wanted to read it. If you’re looking for a quick, chilling read with a spooky atmosphere, then I think And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark, is the book for you. Last year I saw rave reviews for her first book so I was excited to see what she had to offer in her second. It’s the perfect book to settle into as the long winter nights draw in, and if you’re looking for a book to read on Halloween. There is plenty of intrigue and mystery in this book that kept me invested in the lives of the characters.
Sam and Grace are hoping to make a fresh start after going through a tough period in their lives. They have moved to a sleepy, country village, into an old house that has spooked the locals for the past few hundred years. Are the stories based on myth? Grace and her daughter, Cassie set about researching their new home and they uncover unsettling details about its former occupants and the troubles that befell them. As their knowledge about the history of their new home grows, strange happenings begin to occur which puts their lives in danger.
This was a very easy book to get into and the writing just flowed. From the opening pages, there is a very sinister sense of foreboding that something bad is going to happen to Grace and her family, as they begin to adapt to their new life. And as I got to learn more about the characters, I began to really hope that the family were going to take heed of the advice that some of the locals were giving them, and move out of the area before something terrible happened. At the start, E.A. Clark does take us back through time as we get to learn a little bit about the people who lived there hundreds of years earlier, and this sets a dark tone which the rest of the story follows.
There are several characters who add plenty of mystery to the book. Grace and her daughter, Cassie, are convinced that the locals aren’t telling them everything they ought to about their new property; however Sam is much more on the sceptical side. Although there is already a sense of mystery about the house they have moved into, there seems to be even more mystery about the town and its residents. I warmed to Grace and Cassie straight away, and especially, Cassie’s guide dog, Jet. The loss that Grace has suffered has made her hugely protective of her daughter, and I could see that Cassie is her pride and joy.
And No Birds Shall Sing was a thoroughly enjoyable read full of sinister revelations, and a real sense of unease. The writing quickly drew me in and I was captivated by the story and the lives of the characters. Thank you to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour and for providing me with a copy of the book to review.
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Publication date: 24th October 2018
Print length: 140 pages
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