Friday, 17 November 2017

Lay Me To Rest by E.A. Clark (Blog Tour)

| I received my copy of Lay Me To Rest for review purposes as part of the blog tour |

BLURB
Some secrets never stay buried for long…
Devastated by the death of her husband, Annie Philips is shocked to discover she is pregnant with his unborn child. Hoping for a fresh start, she travels to a remote stone cottage in Anglesey, amidst the white-capped mountains of North Wales.

She settles in quickly, helped by her mysterious new neighbour, Peter. But everything changes when Annie discovers a small wooden box, inlaid with brass and mother-of-pearl. A box she was never supposed to find…

Annie soon realises that she isn’t alone in the cottage. And now she’s trapped. Can she escape the nightmare that she has awoken, or will the dark forces surrounding the house claim her life – and that of her baby?


MY THOUGHTS
Ghost story intertwined with mystery Lay Me To Rest presents the story of Annie, a recently widowed pregnant woman who finds herself in need of a break. A change of scenery can do wonders, and so Annie is recommended a lovely cottage in Anglesey, Wales... However, a restful holiday isn't in store for her.

Upon her arrival Annie finds herself greeted by welcoming hosts (Mr & Mrs Parry) and even finds herself relaxing a little, something she hasn't done for a long while, but after one night at the cottage she comes to learn that she isn't alone. Annie's arrival appears to have drawn out the ghost of a girl whose story has been passed down from generation to generation within the Parry family, but with a little guidance from those with supernatural powers, Annie learns there is a more menacing spirit at large and one that seems to have taken a real disliking to her.

In many ways Lay Me To Rest is a true to its word ghost story - atmospheric writing, things that go bump in the night, sinister goings on - and the added element of mystery only elevates the story that unfolds.

The characters within this debut novel are really well crafted, especially that of main character Annie - you're taken on a real journey of self discovery with her almost, and that in itself was a compelling part of the plot. She has a backstory - one that defines her in a way at the beginning of the story, but seeing her evolve is a lovely thing - and she feels really fleshed out.

I will say that I did enjoy the beginning and middle of this book more than that of the final ending - the story came off course a little there for me, leaving the conclusion open a little, and in general I am a fan of tying everything up in a neat bow at the end.

Having said that, I did enjoy E.A. Clark's overall writing style, and I would keep an eye out for more books by her.

I'm a part of the Lay Me To Rest blog tour - to keep up with the other stops on the tour, you can find them below.


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