I’m exciting to be reviewing the first of four books by Dave McCluskey….today’s review is for this brilliant ghosty, gruesome, horror!

the blurb

Sometimes the past can come back to haunt you…

John Rydell was 4000 miles away when he got the phone call from his wife, ‘John there’s someone in the house.’

By the time he was home, tragedy had struck. A tragedy that threatened to engulf him, bringing back long forgotten and repressed memories of his days at university.

Now some of his old friends are dying, one by one. They are found gutted, disembowelled,
ruined. There were twelve of them back in university, and there were twelve of them for a reason.

my review

This is a brilliant, gory, spooky horror that had me gripped from the beginning.

The story starts with John and his wife Gill….both leading successful lives, with things about to get better. But then while John’s away on a business trip he gets a call from his wife….and there’s someone in the house.  John’s world unravels as his past comes back to haunt him and the people that he used to friends with turn up dead……by the same gruesome means.  But who is committing these murders? And what did ‘The Twelve‘ of them do back in their uni days?

I was honestly gripped!  As you go through, the story flits between the present and their uni days as we start to learn what went on….. And then we get to know a bit more about each of ‘The Twelve’ – what they were like back then, and where they’re at in their present lives.  I literally didn’t want to stop reading!

I was completely behind John – even though he’d been a bit of an ass in the past…..but I really wanted things to work out ok for him.  But what will happen to him?

I don’t want to give anything away…..if you love a horror then you check this out! The writing style is clear and easy to follow, the storyline is fab and what unfolds is gruesome (but actually quite sad!)  This was a brilliant debut novel from Dave!

I’m now looking forward to reading the next of Dave’s books so keep an eye out for my reviews…… In the meantime, this is definitely recommended by me!



about the author

Dave McCluskey is a writer of novels, graphic novels and comics, currently living in Liverpool with his daughter. 

He began writing in 2011, creating his first comic publication entitled Interesting Tymes. This is an anthology of short horror stories written in rhyme for children and adults, introducing the world to Edward D’Ammage. The first book was quickly followed by Interesting Tymes x 2 and the spin off series called Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding. 

Dave then moved on to more adult related fiction, bringing out the one shot Wooden Heart, followed by the full graphic novel Doppelganger. 

He then moved on to produce a number of comics and graphic novels, including The Few, a zombie series, DeathDay Presents, a graphic novel comedy based in Hell, Three Days in the City, The Adventures of Mace Masoch and many more. He has written and produced a full graphic novel for children entitled OLF, a clever twist on an old Christmas tale. Spurred on by this, he partnered up with artist Joe Matthews and they produced a retelling of the classic Christmas tale A Christmas Carol, re-writing it completely in rhyme. 

Dave then turned his sights onto writing novels. His debut novel The Twelve was released in 2017 to great reviews. This was followed by a collaboration with a local Liverpool music historian, to produce a historical thriller called In The Mood… For Murder, based in Liverpool in 1946. 

Dave’s next novel was a dark, brutal psychological horror entitled CRACK, which tackles the issues of PTSD and addiction.

His latest novel is a romance/horror/comedy crossover called Z: A Love Story. 

His future works will include horrors, thrillers, children’s books and YA adventures. He refuses to be pigeon-holed…

Final word….

Thanks so much to Dave for sharing the story with me, and providing me with a copy of The Twelve in return for an honest review.  All views are my own and are unbiased.

If you’ve read this too, I’d love to hear what you thought!

Have a wonderful evening!

Chelle x

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