ShOctober Blog Tour: Witch – Mark Brownless

*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and to Zoé of Zooloo’s Book Tours and SpellBound Books.  The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Blurb: 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐞

We are delighted to present Ty Llun – Lake House – which is, once again, available.

A beautiful 400 year old waterfront property in an idyllic Welsh village, the property has plenty of character and comes complete with the spirit of a long dead witch.

It’s the ideal place for a couple to move to, to start again, to try and forget the heartbreak of the past.

And we are sure that, this time, 𝒔𝒉𝒆 will leave you in peace…

𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗳𝘆𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗼𝗿 𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝘄𝗻𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗱𝗼𝘄 𝗠𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗹.

Gabe and Tor have fled to the Welsh countryside to escape their grief and try to make a fresh start together, but grief isn’t that easy to just slough off and their new house, Ty Llun, already has an owner… one that doesn’t believe in fresh starts, or second chances, or forgiveness…

Witch is a haunted house horror story with a strong slant towards the shockingly gory. The titular witch, haunting the Hoopers in their new house, revels in graphic, shocking torture (especially unwilling self-harm, both real and imagined) and so expect plenty of snapping bones, exposed innards and other such visceral delights.

The writing veers between the almost poetic descriptions of place and mood, to those starkly horrific details, then back again, really highlighting the disparity between the Hoopers’ normal, everyday lives and the beautiful setting they are living in, and the paranormal intrusions that turn their idyll into a nightmare.

I was a little confused by the end of the story, as there were a number of interesting threads that were started – Idris’ wife; Morvith’s original ending; the constant water drinking; the cage in the woods – that I didn’t feel the author had time to fully explore, but then the very ending does leave the possibility of a sequel open, so maybe the remaining questions will be answered there (or maybe it’s all part of the mystery, that we can never know all the ins and outs of what happened!).

Fans of books featuring darkly-detailed gore, paranormal black magic, mind manipulation and stories with a strong sense of setting and character, will enjoy this visit to Ty Llun… as long as they stay out of the woods!

”Not a believer then, Mr Hooper.’ It wasn’t a question. ‘In’trestin’, you being a writer of fantasy stuff and all. Fine by me. You enjoy your house on the lake.’ The old man looked away and rocked gently back and forth in his chair.
‘What does that mean?’
‘It means whether you believe in her or not, she’ll still come after you. She won’t leave you alone just because you’re a sceptic.’

– Mark Brownless, Witch

Mark Brownless lives and works in Carmarthen, West Wales, UK. He has been putting ideas on paper for some years now but only when the idea for THE HAND OF AN ANGEL came to him in the autumn of 2015 did he know he might be able to write a book. Mark likes to write about ordinary people being placed in extraordinary circumstances, is fascinated by unexplained phenomena, and enjoys merging thriller, science fiction and horror.

Mark’s new novel, The Shadow Man is a terrifying horror thriller imagining what would happen if you found out the memories of your childhood were untrue, and that something sinister was lurking behind the facade of your life. Could you face what had happened back then? Could you face The Shadow Man.

Mark is also fascinated by myths and legends such as those of Robin Hood and King Arthur. This has culminated in the release of his short story series, Locksley, a Robin Hood story.

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Witch releases tomorrow, but is available for preorder on Amazon right now!

Don’t forget to check out the other blog stops on this epic, month-long tour for more great reviews and content (see the ShOctober Week 2 poster below for details)!


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