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Robert Edric

2*

The blurb invited me in with the promise of a paranormal tale about a group of schoolgirls who claim to have encountered the Devil in the forest in rural Nottingamshire – but there’s nothing supernatural about this story. It’s basically a courtroom drama, and not even a very involving, exciting or eventful one.

Dreadfully slow for the first two thirds, it does speed up in the final chapters, then suddenly stops, just as the plot was getting tense and interesting, which was incredibly frustrating!

The characters are not strong and somewhat interchangeable; their stories seem to end just as they’re beginning. All in all, a pedantic, slow, unsatisfying read and sadly, not a novel I feel I can recommend.

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