- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Sam Kates; 3rd ed. edition (Dec 20 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1912718006
- ISBN-13: 978-1912718009
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
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The Village of Lost Souls Paperback – Dec 20 2012
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Sam Kates lives in the U.K. with a family, a computer and way too many books.
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John is a complex person, but at the same time he has a simplicity which enables visits from the Darkland. Aware that the village to which his mother and he have gone to live with Aunt Gwen is weird, he cannot imagine what is really haunting the place. Birds do not sing or nest in the village, though a few hundred yards from it's perimetre they twitter and sing. Pets will not enter the village, only farm animals are prepared to live there. The human inhabitants are less than friendly - they do not interact unless they absolutely have to. Visitations from the Darkland and what might be called Purgatory advise him of danger approaching - a danger which stretches back to a past horrendous crime. The peril grows until John is embroiled in a fight for his life.
The plot interweaves with the landscape, all combining to bring an atmosphere of foreboding which starts from the first lines of the manuscript.
Same Kates has done a great job in this novel and I hope he is, right now, working on another book.
We first meet John as a child of five and we see his small world in pre-war England, through his eyes, and herein lies Mr. Kates talent, I saw the world through a five year old's eyes. At ten, Sam is an exuberant boy whose world is shattered by WWII. Like a movie playing in my head, I saw it. I felt it.
All this is necessary to understand the young man of seventeen who has moved to the tiny village of Tregeagle and what a wonderful, honorable and courageous young man he is. Clinging to threads of childhood while surging into adulthood, John made me chuckle and sigh and his first foray into the world of love is such a bittersweet mixture of innocence and youthful lust that it will break your heart.
Into this heartbreakingly real world creeps a horror that sends chills up your spine before you really know it's there. You can feel it coming, yet you don't know what it is. Like the music from the movie 'Jaws', you hear it coming long before it gets there and you want to yell RUN! even if you're not sure what from.
This isn't the ax murderer horror of modern day movies. This is cold fingers of evil creeping up your spine and Mr. Kates choice of setting plays into this perfectly: an idyllic rural village. The quiet innocence of a boy being torn apart by war juxtaposes frighteningly with the innocence of young love being torn apart by something sinister.
I absolutely loved this book. Loved it! It is beautifully written, beautifully staged and beautifully executed. It isn't just a horror novel. It's a story about love. Well done, Sam Kates!
I would recommend it to people who are looking for a true ghost story.