Thanks to Ramsey for the tale, Flame Tree Press for the ARC and Anne Cater for the invite.
“An absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that” Guillermo del Toro Guillermo del Toro
Patrick Torrington’s aunt Thelma was a successful artist whose late work turned towards the occult. While staying with her in his teens he found evidence that she used to visit magical sites. As an adult he discovers her journal of her explorations, and his teenage son Roy becomes fascinated too. His experiences at the sites scare Patrick away from them, but Roy carries on the search, together with his new girlfriend. Can Patrick convince his son that his increasingly terrible suspicions are real, or will what they’ve helped to rouse take a new hold on the world?
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If you are looking for an in your face horror book, then is not the book for you. Ramsey has written a tale that is a slow burner and the bogeyman is always just out of sight! THE WISE FRIEND seems like a nice little story at first, hardly horrific at all. Until it IS!
Patrick loses his Aunt Thelma in suspicious circumstances. She is a artist famous for her paintings of woods in which you see a stranger lurking, or do you? Not any two people see or thing they see the same thing! Patrick and his son Roy find Thelma’s journal about the places she got her inspiration from. Whilst this interests Patrick, Roy seems even more interested in it than Patrick. But how much is down to his own curiosity or the fact that Roy has girlfriend called Bella and she seems to be pushing his interest in his Great Aunt’s journal. Is Bella the nice young woman she would like everyone to believe or does she have another reason.
As I said a very slow burn of a book. It is a slow read and the middle third seemed really slow with all the family matters and the dynamics between certain members were tough reading at times. But then again no family ever runs smoothly. We all have our problems.
The writing was crisp and the scenic descriptions were very well done.. This is the first book by Ramsey Campbell I have read since the 1990’s but I enjoyed it nevertheless.