A gripping read will chill you to the bones

Just five pages in, writer Helen Grant’s prose sets the heart racing.

She depicts a claustrophobic’s worst nightmare, fromwhich point the reader is constantly on edge.

Protagonist Fen Munro has moved to erthshire with her fiancé to escape London’s rat-race, only to find they are being watched by a figure dressed in lavender.

Barr Dubh, their new home, is magnificently imagined by Grant, and the gradual reveal of the characters’ pasts add to their authenticity.

Less scary, more chilling, this eerie tale would be perfect read aloud by a crackling fire.

Too Near the Dead, by Helen Grant, published by Fledgling Press, £9.99.

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