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Monday, June 13, 2011

My Review of “The Banishing” by Fiona Dodwell

Book Description:

When Melissa first notices the change in her husband - subtle at first - she thinks it may be the stress of moving into their new home. Or working long hours. But soon her husband turns into something far darker, far more sinister. Who or what is the dark shadow living beneath her husband? What is haunting him? Melissa must quickly find the answer to these questions, because Mark is changing, and fast. Soon her fight will be for her life, as well as for her marriage.

My Review:

The first chapter of this horror novel evoked all sorts of emotions inside me, a whole spectrum of good to bad,  but mostly, above all of them, I felt compassion for the heroine. The story immediately drew me in and had me anxiously waiting to read Chapter Two.  The rest of the read went along much the same.

Ms. Dodwell is very good at building suspense, giving away only little hints to keep the reader wanting more. With the subject matter as sensitive as it was, the story kept you tied up in knots, never quite being sure, other than with the heroine, who you were mad at or rooting for, etc.  The main plot carried many twists, and the author kept turning things up a notch in a very dark, paranormal way right to the final pages. A read page turner with deep set emotions, ones that were so profound that they almost became the setting of the story, an entity in and of themselves. I definitely kept reading, wanting to know what was going on, and to see an end to the heroine’s suffering.  Let me laugh here, because this was a true horror story, and in the end, what one gets is a partial HEA ending, partial Horror ending. - a halfing – which is fantastic if you are into such dark reads.

Author Bio:

Fiona Dodwell lives in the UK with her husband. She has studied an unusual mixture over the years, from film studies, theology and drama to psychology.

She grew up with a deep passion for horror, both in film and literature, and greatly admires the works of Stephen King, Susan Hill, Adam Neville and Bill Hussey.

She began entering fiction contests at a young age, winning several, and had some of her poems published.

Her first novel to be published, The Banishing, is a dark story exploring demonic possession and domestic abuse. She is currently submitting her second novel, The Obsession, for possible publication and is enjoying writing her third.

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  1. Oooh, a new horror novel I want to read! I'd love to win a copy!


  2. Thanks for having me over on your blog, and thanks for the review,


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