Having greatly enjoyed Cold Kiss, John Rector’s first UK release only a matter of weeks ago, I was really pleased to hear him discussing The Grove on online interviews – a book he originally self-published as an ebook to enormous success.
So, swiftly on the heels of Cold Kiss, those lovely people at Pocket Books will be bringing The Grove to a partly prepared audience.
Partly prepared, because although Cold Kiss was dark, The Grove takes an even darker turn into a claustrophobic setting and theme.
Dexter McCray has secrets, he has a past – he also has a tractor in the ditch at the back of his farm and a dead teenager close by.
And so, in we go, into the mystery, into the darkness and into the troubled mind of Dex as he struggles to recall what might have happened the previous night under the haze of his heavy scotch habit.
His wife Liz has left him, he has no one else close to turn to or confide in without arousing suspicion linked to his troubled past, and so he turns to and talks to the only person he can – the dead girl – and she talks back him.
With the tale being told from the view of Dex and the dead girl, The Grove is like a darker evil twin to The Lovely Bones.
In turn, chilling, moving, worrying, unsettling and filled with the same overall sense of impending dread that I loved about Cold Kiss, John Rector’s novels are certainly required reading for this reader from this point onwards.
Keith B Walters