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Book Review – Hearthstone Cottage by Frazer Lee @frazer_lee @FlameTreePress @annecater #BookReview #BlogTour #horror

Many thanks to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for my spot on this Blog Tour.

I needed a good horror book after all my Christmassy reads. And this book had the most exciting premise.

2 couples going away to an isolated cabin high up in Scotland, beyond city and mobile network coverage, wanting an idyllic time was the beginning. They killed a stag in an accident, and things started happening at the cabin. Dog disappeared and visions of horror were seen by the main character Alex. Everything unraveled.

My first book by author Frazer Lee, I felt dread creeping on me as I turned the pages. The atmosphere was eerie like a horror movie. I could almost imagine the weird background score in my mind, raising my fear to a high level. But along with fear, I felt a strange thrill of wanting to be scared by the scenes as well as dreading it. I got the thrill, didn’t get the fear.

The author’s writing surely and certainly built up the eerie factor with visions and hallucinations, hauntings and creatures, witchy stories and old folk lores. I loved how every chapter showed me Mike’s deteriorating mental health at the face of this extreme confusion. I really wanted to scream BOO at him. Lines of reality and nightmares were blurred soon. I eagerly awaited the final reveal. Twists in the path soon followed me. Tapping the kindle went faster.

Overall, I would say a fun, creepy read. Read it at twilight, neither night nor day.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

Frazer Lee’s debut novel, The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award® Finalist for ‘Superior Achievement in a First Novel’. His other works include ‘The Jack in the Green’, ‘The Skintaker’ and the ‘Daniel Gates Adventures’ series.

One of Frazer’s early short stories received a Geoffrey Ashe Prize from the Library of Avalon, Glastonbury. His short fiction has since appeared in numerous anthologies including the acclaimed ‘Read By Dawn’ series.

Also a screenwriter and filmmaker, Frazer’s movie credits include the award-winning short horror films ‘On Edge’, ‘Red Lines’, ‘Simone’, ‘The Stay’, and the critically acclaimed horror/thriller feature (and Amazon #1 movie novelization) ‘Panic Button’.

Frazer lectures in Creative Writing and Screenwriting at Brunel University London and Birkbeck, University of London. He resides with his family in leafy Buckinghamshire, England just across the cemetery from the actual Hammer House of Horror.

Mike Carter and his girlfriend Helen, along with their friends Alex and Kay, travel to a remote loch side cottage for a post-graduation holiday. But their celebrations are short-lived when they hit and kill a stag on the road. Alex’s sister Meggie awaits them in the cottage, adding to the tension when her dog, Oscar, goes missing. Mike becomes haunted by a disturbing presence in the cottage, and is hunted by threatening figures in the highland fog. Reeling from a shock revelation, Mike begins to lose his grip on his sanity. As the dark secrets of the past conspire to destroy the bonds of friendship, Mike

Publication Date: November 2019

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

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