The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore

Published by Avon (Harper Collins)

‘On a drunken night out with friends in the seaside town of Leigh-on-Sea, widowed teacher Sarh unwittingly creates a séance. Sarah and her son Alfie are then subjected to a terrifying series of a hauntings, and Sarah becomes convinced that the ghost is that of a 19th Century Sea Witch, and namesake Sarah Grey.’

I loved the tone of this book, the investigations into the past history of Leigh-on-Sea and the barbaric practices of Matthew Hopkins (the legendary Witchfinder General) and his ilk, all of which helped greatly to make the terrors of Sarah’s reality even more frightening.

It’s cover brilliantly conveys the past being brought back by the seaside location and the fact that this is a tale where a lost soul wants the truth to be heard.

Through a series of letters and research the tale begins to become clearer to Sarah, but not any less scary as it moves along.

And, for a novel where the ghost element is so steeped in the past, the most modern scene of a haunting, where another character tells Sarah she can see the ghost standing behind her whilst they are on skype together is the one that will keep me awake at night.

A haunting and powerful ghost story, which manages to succeed both with the historical and the modern elements.

Perfect Halloween reading material.

Keith

 

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