Father of Lies, was introduced to me just before Magda, the third in the series came out, by my friend Sarah Kenny.
Horror is a genre that I usually stay away from, mainly due to reading horror and it not affecting me, I find clowns that come alive etc...too unbelievable.
However this is an Occult Horror series, and I was willing to give it a go.
Which I am more than pleased I did.
In book 1 we are taken on to know about Ruby, and working out why she committed the crime she did, as she hasn't spoken about it. She is sent to an Asylum. Where Sarah E England makes this believable is partly in the settings she has created for the characters.
After finishing Father of Lies, I couldn't wait to get straight into Tanners Dell, which luckily for me I could do so.
This book out of the three was my favourite. It left me chilled, creeped out, and although you may not believe in the occult, you can believe there are dark sides to human nature, that are hidden, power is used from people deemed higher in society, and this aspect made the book not only believable, but as scary as the crimes committed within it. Who do you trust?
Becky is a great character and I was pleased to read more about her in this book, even if it wasn't sugary sweet and light.
Again the setting for the book is a huge character, and especially so in Tanners Dell. I really did feel creeped out, and the eeriness came across extremely well. It was like watching events unfold that you couldn't stop, but were trying to save the characters from doing what they did.
Magda, the final in the series of Sarah E Englands, Occult trilogy.
WOW! flicking back and forth with ease between the 16th Century, who is Magda, what part is hers in what is happening to Ruby and her daughter Alice, and those that enter Tanners Dell. Is she innocent, was she a pawn, how was she played and conveyed.
Within the final book, you do find the answers, although they are not given quickly or at ease.
I did miss Celeste in this book, as she really was one of my favourite characters.
OVEVIEW OF THE OCCULT TRILOGY.
I found some of the plots a bit difficult to follow, as I was unsure as to what to expect, as stated not being my usual genre to read.
Sarah, writes extremely descriptively and even if you don't believe in the Satanism and occult, you can believe that it is a well written, captivating story, that is heartfelt and does make you question how many people that are in Psychiatric Care due to childhood trauma. It is something that is of interest to me, how the mind can protect itself in this way and help make different persona's, isn't it to a degree what we do on a daily basis, show ourselves in different ways, to different people, situations. This is taken to the extreme where it is mind over matter and the whole wanting to be protected.
I found the settings in the books extremely clever, the placement of Tanners Dell was perfection, I could just imagine stumbling across it by accident and not wanting to stay...and the darkness that surrounding it being tainted.
An extremely well written series, that I am pleased to have read, and I shall definitely be looking out for more novels.
overall. 4.5 star rating review from Bookstormer