We’re celebrating the release of spine-tingling novel by Dylan J. Morgan, Highland Cove, and you know, it was the perfect escape for these troubling times!
Today I have a review for you and a chance to win a copy for your own!
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2020
Genre: Horror/ Paranormal/ Ghost Story
Highland Cove Sanatorium sits abandoned on a desolate island one mile off the Scottish mainland. It’s a dark, foreboding place, filled with nightmares. Even darker are the asylum’s secrets: a history of disease and mental illness, macabre experiments and murder.
The tales of ghostly appearances are said to be more fact than fiction, but no one has ever documented the phenomenon. Codie Jackson aims to change all that. Arriving from London with his small independent film crew, they plan to make a documentary that will forever change their lives.
But when one of the crew disappears, things begin to spiral out of control. A storm closes in to ravage the island, and in the darkness Highland Cove’s true horrors are revealed. Now lost within the institution’s labyrinthine corridors, Codie and his team realize that their nightmare is only just beginning.
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She hesitated, and then stepped to the partially opened door. Raising her hand, she brushed fingers over dried paint peeling from the timber. Leaning further forward she stared through the opening at a floor coated with dirt and the remains of a building crumbling on its foundations.
A door slammed shut in the building’s depths.
Wind whistled through the gap with the murmur of a whispered voice.
With a gasp Kristen stepped away, gaze fixed on the door, expecting it to widen at any moment.
A hand pressed into the small of her back and she flinched again, spinning from the touch. Liam stepped onto the porch, pushing his phone into his pants pocket. He looked at her, his smile settling her nerves somewhat.
“Are you okay?”
Clearing her throat and shrugging her rucksack higher on her shoulders, she nodded, gave a nervous chuckle. “I’m fine. I guess this place is kind of spooky.”
“It’s the final resting place of thousands of tortured souls. It’s spooky as hell.”
Liam gave her a subtle wink, but if he was teasing her she didn’t need it right now. The rhythm of her heart had yet to settle, hairs rigid on the back of her neck. Liam stepped to the entryway, his hand almost at the door.
“Be careful, Liam.”
“What is it?”
She hesitated, swallowed hard. “I thought I heard something from inside, that’s all. A bang, like a door closing.”
“Really?” Liam said, and raised his eyebrows. “They know we’re here, then.”
His smile widened, and he pushed through the door into the asylum.
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One word, “asylum” and I was hooked! I love a good ghost story, and when it takes place in a haunted asylum, well, that’s even better.
The word conjurs the most terrifying images without ghosts or stories because of the history or early psychiatry. The real horrors people experienced then are enough to keep anyone awake at night. Make it the backdrop for paranormal phenomenon and it will likely plague your dreams for a while.
Like many readers stuck at home, I have been having quite a bit of trouble focusing on books. I’ve always been a mood reader, and right now I have never been less in the mood to read. That said, I wanted to read this one, and despite it’s genre (normally a favourite), I decided to give it a go.
Well, imagine my surprise when not only was Highland Cove able to keep my attention, it also gripped me right from the first pages! If that isn’t a testament to brilliant writing and a fantastic story, I don’t know what is! This book was the escapism I was looking for and it was so much fun! Loads of goosebump inducing moments, twists, and the perfect amount of gore. A proper ghost story that I know readers will love!
I happily give this book 5 shrieking phantoms out of 5!
About the Author
Now living and working in Norway, Dylan J. Morgan was born in New Zealand and raised in the United Kingdom. He writes during those rare quiet moments amid a hectic family life: after dark, with limited sustenance, and when his creative essence is plagued the most by tormented visions.
He is the multi-genre author of ten books, all available exclussively to Amazon. Focusing on Horror, Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia, and sometimes a hint of Science-Fiction, his books cater for those readers who enjoy a dark, terrifying journey into worlds where a happy ending is seldom seen.
When not writing, and when not reading, he can be found roaming the realm of the Witcher 3, or witnessing satisfying deaths on Game of Thrones, or even listening to some of the loudest heavy metal in his iTunes’ library.
If you’re searching for that light at the end of the tunnel then stop looking—you won’t find it here.
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