When Samantha Ashlyn is forced to return to her home town to write an article on a series of drownings, she initially resists, finding disturbing similarities to her childhood experiences. However, once she starts looking into the assignment, she finds that things are not what they seem. An ancient evil is rising again, aided by what appears to be a centuries-old conspiracy to keep it hidden. With the help of a disgraced police diver, Sam races to stop the nightmare before more lives are lost. Not realising that her investigation has put herself and those she loves in terrible danger.
Set in Northern England, this folk horror novel is perfect for fans of strong female protagonists, dark humour, conspiracies, mythological creatures, dark fantasy, and thrillers.
Dark and Lonely Water by Graeme Reynolds checks off all the boxes of what I like in a horror novel. It's a quick read with great creatures and just enough twists to keep you guessing.
What starts out as a rather simple assignment for Sam, a London journalist, becomes a homecoming where she is forced to tackle her past in her old home town.
As she digs deeper into the story of multiple drownings spanning years, she uncovers the local legend of Jenny Greenteeth, a water creature that might actually be more than just a myth.
The story moves along at a great clip and contains some pretty gruesome scenes. I really got a kick out of this one and can't recommend it enough.
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5 stars out of 5