Love Bolton’s writing style: modern Gothic storyline with conversations that are believable (and very British!), descriptions that are lovely, and likeable characters whose stories are divergent enough to be interesting but are still connected to the main plot. Great story so far, and spooky! I’m about 1/2 way through and have usually lost some interest by now, so this book is a success because I want to keep reading.
Story overview from B&N:
The Fletchers’ beautiful new house is everything they dreamed it would be. Built between two churches in Heptonclough, a small village on the moors that time forgot, it ought to be paradise for this young family of five, but they barely have a chance to settle in before they find that they’re anything but welcome. Someone seems to be trying to drive them away—at first with silly pranks but then with threats that become increasingly dangerous, especially to the oldest child, ten-year-old Tom Fletcher, who begins to believe that someone is always watching him.
The adults in Tom’s life are trying to help, including his parents; the vicar next door, younger and more dashing than you’d expect a vicar to be; and a therapist, Evi Oliver, who believes him more than she wants to. But there are other clues that something isn’t quite right in Heptonclough…
I have no idea how Bolton herself pictured the “young and dashing” vicar next door, Harry Laycock (one of the main characters), but I can’t help but imagine he looks like David Tennant. So maybe that’s one reason I like the story so much.