Morning lovelies. Today I’m super thrilled to be on the blog tour for this fab horror debut by A. M. Shine. The Watchers is creepy, atmospheric and will give you the stuff of nightmares…..
Title: The Watchers
Author: A. M. Shine
Estimated page count: 312
Formats available: Paperback, Hardback and eBook
Publisher: Head of Zeus — an Aries Book (14 Oct. 2021)
Tour organised by: Head of Zeus
A spine-chilling Irish horror adventure set in the remote unknown forests of Galway, from debut Irish author A.M. Shine.
You can’t see them. But they can see you.
This forest isn’t charted on any map. Every car breaks down at its treeline. Mina’s is no different. Left stranded, she is forced into the dark woodland only to find a woman shouting, urging Mina to run to a concrete bunker. As the door slams behind her, the building is besieged by screams.
Mina finds herself in a room with a wall of glass, and an electric light that activates at nightfall, when the Watchers come above ground. These creatures emerge to observe their captive humans and terrible things happen to anyone who doesn’t reach the bunker in time.
Afraid and trapped among strangers, Mina is desperate for answers. Who are the Watchers and why are these creatures keeping them imprisoned, keen to watch their every move?
Mina agrees to a favour for an extra bit of cash…..a favour that will have her living out nightmares. As she’s driving to deliver the parrot she’s been given, her car breaks down on the outside of a forest and her phone is dead. With nowhere else to go, she heads into the forest to look for help. After walking for hours she hears a woman screaming for her to hurry and run. And her nightmares begin…… Stuck in a remote cabin, with unbelievable creatures coming up to watch them a night, Mina has many questions. What are these creatures? Are they really stuff of folklore? And is there a way out of this alive?
Firstly, the setting in this is super creepy. A deep, dark woods with no birds tweeting and no animals around, with a secluded broken down cabin in the woods. Already sounds like the stuff of nightmares right?! As well as the terrifying creatures outside the cabin, Mina also has to get used to her quirky ‘flatmates’ – all who seem a little strange at times. There were so many chapters throughout this that creeped me out, and the final few were definitely up there!
In terms of the characters, they all have their own story. Mina is a strong woman and despite being a bit ‘flighty’ I really like her. The others in the cabin have their own quirks and that’s all I’m going to say!
The storyline is a classic horror story. I could picture it playing out in my mind’s eye as if I was watching a horror movie, which was fab. I did have a bit of an inclination about some of the twists (and I was right) but there were also some that blew my mind. Certain chapters are particularly sinister and will have you on the edge of your seat.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this. It took me to a dark, creepy and sinister place, leaving me on the edge of my seat at times, and giving me some brilliant twists. If you’re a horror fan, and like classic monster horror stories, then you will love this. Recommended by me.
about the author
A.M. Shine is a writer and advocate of the Gothic horror tradition. Born in
Galway in the west of Ireland, there he received his Masters Degree in History before sharpening his quill and pursuing all things literary and macabre. His stories have won the Word Hut and Bookers Corner prize. He has published two collections, Coldwood: The Haunted Man and Other Tales and 13 and is a member of the Irish Writers Centre.
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Thank you so much to Lauren for my invite on to the tour, and to Head of Zeus and A. M. Shine for my copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
I’ll be back in a little while lovelies