3 Stars from me
A Cold Season is a really good, creepy, book!
I’ve given it three stars because I felt that it lost it’s way a bit in places which detracted from my enjoyment of an otherwise excellent book.
The story is enticing, you get an idea of what is going to happen and then it is a case of reading on to see how it unfolds. Some parts of it are really rather scary! I have to confess to leaving the hall light on one night after reading into the wee small hours.
I felt that Ben’s change of character could have been more explicit; there wasn’t enough of his previous personality built up before ‘bad Ben’ appeared. There was a lot hinted at that didn’t really come to fruition and the ending was a little bit of a let down.
I feel like I’ve slated this book now whereas I did actually enjoy most of it. I wouldn’t let this review put you off reading it. For a chilling, black magic, demonic, supernatural read it was pretty good.
Synopsis: Cass is building a new life for herself and her young son Ben after the death of her soldier husband Pete, returning to the village where she lived as a child. But their idyllic new home is not what she expected: the other flats are all empty, there’s strange graffiti on the walls, and the villagers are a bit odd. And when an unexpectedly heavy snowstorm maroons the village, things get even harder. Ben is changing, he’s surly and aggressive and Cass’s only confidant is the smooth, charming Theodore Remick, the stand-in headmaster. Not everyone approves of Cass’s growing closeness to Mr Remick, and it soon becomes obvious he’s not all he appears to be either. If she is to protect her beloved son, Cass is going to have to fight back. Cass realises this is not the first time her family have been targeted by Theodore Remick. But this time, the stakes are immeasurably higher…