by David Rashleigh

5 stars

The intriguing and beautiful cover draws you in, then the story engages and holds you from beginning to end. A ghost story, but an unusual one; there’s nothing Gothic about Sciron. This tale of a haunted flat on a dreary Preston housing estate has more in common with the gritty reality of the Enfield Poltergeist than anything by Edgar Allen Poe.

The characterisation is excellent – these are real people, recognisable, ordinary folk; the kind we all know. My only gripe and it’s but a small one, – would have liked to see more of Mike Simpson. He was my favourite character. I felt he had a lot more mileage.

In short, Sciron is like a finely stitched tapestry: disparate threads brought skilfully together, to make a finely crafted whole – from the start, to the bitter, unexpected, far from happy, thoroughly satisfying end. Highly recommended.