You'll like The Reaping if you like understated horror, wonder if shadows in corners could be something more sinister, or if you just enjoy wallowing in a good solid English tale of terror.
The protagonist is an amenable vicar, a family man who gives up his Saturday afternoon because his Christian conscience is stirred by a prickly character, who want to share some secrets.
And what secrets they are. The likeable vicar is eager to see the best in people and help wherever he can, but he wonders at the limits of his ecclesiastical powers, as the story that he hears gets more and more electrifying by the second.
I think others have compared HE Joyce's writing to the haunting yet chilling style of MR James, and I would definitely agree to this, except to say that this story is contemporary, yet loses none of the 'English village' charm that is timeless.
Indeed The Reaping is a timeless tale, a tale of deep, mesmerising terror.
A word of warning: if you live alone and are of a nervous disposition, don't read it late at night.
The Cuckoo club is a warm satisfying tale that's bang in touch with 21st century Britain, an interesting journey into one man's struggle through slighted ambitions, unemployment and disappointment. Tony Lovett is a likeable guy, who loses the job that he thoroughly enjoys through no fault of his own. But Tony is a doer. Rather than sit back and moan about his failure to secure another job in this terrible economic downturn, Tony takes drastic action to get what he wants.
What follows is a captivating adventure with plenty of surprises, involving a beautiful older woman, but to say any more would give away the plot. It's a lively, exciting read, and the warmth of Tony Lovett's personality leads you on to hope that everything works out well for him. I can't give away the ending, this would ruin the story, but it's well worth turning the pages to find out.
Can't wait to read more of this author's books.