A little whil ago, I was contacted on Twitter and asked if I would review Coal House by WS Barton. I’ll be honest; this is not my usual type of story… but the blurb on Amazon had me hooked. It’s the story of a man named Finn and his wife who are small time property developers. After a disappointing deal on a house, they decide to go away for a weekend, to Wales. Here they stumble upon an auction, and end up buying a house. And that’s where the story gets creepy!

Finn’s wife Clara travels back to London to clear up their affairs, while he heads to begin work on the property they’ve just bought. It’s isolated and abandoned, and almost immediately strange things begin to happen. He begins to wonder who and what are real, as he learns more about the history of the house and its abdandonment. Clara eventually joins him and the story  – of the couple as well as that of the house – unfolds further. 

I found this book scary and enthralling in equal measure. I would say it’s more psychological drama than out and out horror; I had to stop reading it at night because it was freaking me out a little, causing my mind to wander! I found the writing a little too wordy for my taste; I tend to go for the Stephen King school of thought when it comes to how many words will do. I think that’s more my personal taste than the quality of the book though, and the fact I kept reading (when I have launched a book across the room for less) proves the story is worth it.

If suspense and psychological drama are your cup of tea, you’ll probably love this book; it’s different to any other book in that genre that I’ve read before and is definitely worth a read.


 Thanks for reading.

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Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Catherine @ Story Snug · 18/01/2016 at 11:46

I love the way that you have written enough about the book to get me completely intrigued without giving too much away. I’m going to have to read this now!


Maddy@writingbubble · 18/01/2016 at 12:57

Oooh – sounds good – another one for my reading list! #readwithme

chantelle hazelden · 19/01/2016 at 12:37

Sounds rather mysterious, I’m definitely intrigued

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