Saturday, 28 December 2013

Naomi's Room by Jonathan Aycliffe

On Christmas Eve Charles Hillenbrand takes his four year old daughter Naomi shopping in London when the unthinkable happens. She disappears from a toy shop and the next day her murdered body is discovered in a field. Her heartbroken parents are soon experiencing hauntings in their Cambridge home and Charles is determined to find out what is going on.

 

Naomi's RoomNaomi's Room started well and I found it scary, particularly when Charles is shown the ghostly photographs. However I felt the last quarter of this short novel lost its way and the ending seemed as though it had been rushed. Once the cause of the hauntings was revealed and the story became gory then it ceased to be creepy for me.

 

 

Rating: 3 out of 5

 

 

 

 

Book Blurb:

On Christmas Eve, four-year-old Naomi Hillenbrand disappears from her father's side in a crowded toy store; on Christmas Day, her mutilated body is discovered in a field. But a part of Naomi remains, unwilling or unable to leave this world. Ghostly photographs capture her playing with two other little girls dressed in Victorian garb while a sinister man in black watches...watches them all.

Charles Hillenbrand is tormented by grief. When sinister whispers in the night begin to taunt him, he tries to uncover the evil truth behind Naomi's death. But long-buried secrets await him and threaten to take him beyond the brink of sanity, to a place where he could lose his very soul.
 

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