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The Caretakers by Adrian Chamberlin
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The Caretakers delivers a little bit of everything: true love, friends going up against the odds, splatterpunk, Lovecraftian themes and a fresh stab at classic horror. Although at times the story felt a little rough in patches, I couldn't stop turning the pages to find out what new and often dreadful turn of events were about to transpire. And I'll never quite look at the Green Man myth quite the same again. The finger violence (one of my freakiest vibes in any fiction) made me squirm in delicious horror. It's just one of the disasters in fiction I don't cope with, and it's been a while since an author has given me the wriggles. But it's all good, of course [grins]. Chamberlin delivers a detailed story filled with well-realised characters in a gritty, realistic setting and often, literally, visceral drama. And, in the vein of classic horror, there are no neat or clean outcomes. No one escapes All Souls College unscathed. Can't wait for this author's next offering.
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