Monday, 11 June 2018

The Twelve by D.E. McCluskey


From Goodreads

Sometimes the past can come back to haunt you...

John Rydell was 4000 miles away when he got the phone call from his wife, 'John there's someone in the house.'

By the time he was home, tragedy had struck. A tragedy that threatened to engulf him, bringing back long forgotten and repressed memories of his days at university.

Now some of his old friends are dying, one by one. They are found gutted, disembowelled, ruined. There were twelve of them back in university, and there were twelve of them for a reason. 

My thoughts

Thanks to the Author and Publisher for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review. I gave this a strong 4 stars or 8/10.

Whilst John is away with work he gets a message from Gill his wife, telling him that she thinks there is someone in the house. He feels at a loss and helpless with being so far away. John Rydell and his wife Gill met at University and along with 10 other friends formed a friendship group called The Twelve and there could only be twelve of them for a reason.

The story is told as a dual time frame story, set in the present and the past (while they were all at University together). The chapters are small and the encouragement is there to keep you reading just that one more chapter, as the story draws you in. The premise was interesting and had me hooked from the start. As his old University friends are dying off one by one, they all have one thing in common. They are all dying the same way as each other, why is this happening and who is doing it? With a great mix of both narrative and descriptive passages the story sets the scenes well.

I enjoyed this story and my only niggle was that it could have done with slightly better editing, as I found myself correcting things as I read. This did spoil my enjoyment of the story a little. However, it won't put me off reading other books by this Author.

This book is ideal for fans of James Herbert and Stephen King, it's a great modern horror story that will keep you thinking.

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