Brodmaw Bay seems to be the perfect refuge for James Greer and his family. When his young son is the victim of a brutal mugging, Greer wants to leave London - the sooner the better - for the charming old-fashioned fishing port he has just discovered. But was finding Brodmaw Bay more than a happy accident? What is the connection between the village and his beautiful wife?
When his friendly new neighbours say they'd welcome some new blood - in a village where the same families seem to have lived for generations - are they telling the whole truth? Perhaps the village isn't so much welcoming them as luring them. To something ancient and evil. As it has lured others before...
©2011 F. G. Cottam (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
I enjoyed Brodmaw Bay very much, and if FG Cottam were a less-skilled writer, I might have been satisfied. But Cottam, with whose work I was previously unacquainted is a very gifted writer. The protagonists are largely well-drawn and three-dimensional. They are flawed, but sympathetic. Some of the supporting characters are as well-fleshed out (but by no means all), but seem poorly-used. Characters who seem destined to play pivotal roles in the story end up being frustratingly tangential. The inhabitants of Brodmaw Bay are not nearly so well-crafted.
Cottam knows how to create a creepy environment and deliver a deep scare. There are several of these moments throughout the book. However, there are neither enough of them, nor are they really integral to the plot. The book feels like it wanted to be much longer, but was dissected by a captious editor. The author takes a lot of time lovingly crafting an detailed and textured plot, and then resolves it quickly, almost as an afterthought.
Despite its very many flaws, the beauty of Cottam's writing and David Rintoul's very appropriate narration made it a worthwhile listen. I will read more from this author.
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