Friday, May 2, 2014


Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 03/19/14
ISBN: 978-1-61040-667-3
MM Paranormal Historical
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4

Garland Heatherford and Geoffrey Wainwright have managed to develop a close relationship as live-in lovers despite the mores of the time when they live. But Garland becomes his elderly uncle’s heir and has to spend time with him. Garland is worried about this because the last five heirs, all young and healthy, have died. Geoffrey goes with him.

This is an excellent story told in an olde worlde style fitting for the period in which it takes place, the very end of the nineteenth century. Homosexuality is still frowned on, and even illegal in some places, yet the men have managed to build a special relationship. There is no sex on stage, but they kiss and hold hands and their emotional connection is very clear and heartwarming.

The story is told at a slightly slower pace that suits the era, and adds to the spookiness of the decrepit old house and strange old man inhabiting it. It’s written in Geoffrey’s POV, and that also suits the era, in that we’re left wondering about some of the family history that Garland would know. The story unfolds steadily with some nice little gasp-making moments and a very cleverly unpredictable yet believable reason behind it. Kudos to the author for that.

An excellent spooky story, a little sinister in places but not really ghoulish, with nicely written suspense throughout. Very cleanly produced as well and with a delightfully creepy cover.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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