Posted in 2019, ARC, Contemporary Fiction, Horror Fiction, Lois Murphy, Novel, Review Copy

Soon by Lois Murphy

On winter solstice, the birds disappeared, and the mist arrived.

The inhabitants of Nebulah quickly learn not to venture out after dark. But it is hard to stay indoors: cabin fever sets in, and the mist can be beguiling, too.

Eventually only six remain. Like the rest of the townspeople, Pete has nowhere else to go. After he rescues a stranded psychic from a terrible fate, he’s given a warning: he will be dead by solstice unless he leaves town – soon.

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[The hardest thing, I sometimes think, is keeping track of time]

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(Titan Books, 15 October 2019, 352 pages, ebook, ARC from @TitanBooks and voluntarily reviewed)

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I really, really wanted to love this book. The blurb excited me. I love dead towns and all that comes with it. This should have been one that I adored and cherished forever. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite. Some stuff about the book works and most of the book falls short so it was a bit of an uneven read for me. The big issue is the plot – it’s very predictable after a fashion. I struggled to find anything really original. There’s really nothing that hasn’t been done to death a long time ago. Despite this, I was compelled to read on. I loved the way the author focused on tragic characters and their issues. I have a soft spot for dysfunctional people. I also really loved the setting. The author does a great job of bringing to life Nebulah, a fading, dead, but still twitching town, abandoned by almost everyone. There’s something so tragic about Nebulah and the six people who have stayed behind. I love books set in small towns. Stephen King is a genius at it. I did enjoy a lot about the book. It’s well written and engaging, even if the plot is a bit same-old same-old.

Author:

I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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