The Feast of All Souls – Simon Bestwick

29430530Alice is trying to start over. Having lost her daughter and husband, she has bought and new house and is trying to move on. However, it would appear that her new house stands on a sort of gateway between worlds, and things are trying to drag her to the other side. After some terrifying attacks by ghostly children and a horrible ogre, Alice enlists the help of her paranormal-investigator-ex-boyfriend, and together they uncover the secrets 378 Collarmill Road and it’s evil previous owner.

First things first, this is a paranormal horror story with genuine horror in it. The ghosts are scary, and some characters are truly evil. There are themes of murder, abuse, and the story behind the death of Alice’s child is tragic – if this sounds like too much for you then I recommend you steer clear of this book.

However, it is a very well-written and atmospheric story. There are a lot of different elements, which did sometimes get a bit muddled and confusing (the author was maybe a little overambitious) but it was otherwise a very smooth and interesting read. As is the case with most typical British horror, it is based on local legend and has a well thought-out background. The characters themselves have strong backstories, which makes them feel much more genuine than in a lot of horror I’ve read. I found parts of The Feast of All Souls appropriately spooky , and other parts plain disturbing – but after all, that’s what horror is meant to be.

My only criticism would be that there was too much going on. The paranormal elements could have been stripped back a tad. Two or three supernatural beings would have been enough.

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2 thoughts on “The Feast of All Souls – Simon Bestwick

  1. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

    The cover is awesome and I love the sound of this book. I’m definitely adding this to my TBR. I’m always looking for genuine horror books. A lot of publishers market books as horror that aren’t even scary. I’m glad this one meets the genre requirements. Nice review!

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