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Title: The Tower
Author: Anne-Marie Ormsby
Publication Date: 10th January 2020
Estimated Page Count – 135
Potential Trigger Warning: self harm, domestic violence
Sometimes the dead come back. And sometimes all they want is to hurt you.
When residents on an east London housing estate start dying in gruesome ways, housing manager Ada begins to worry that her past is coming back to haunt her.
Once a powerful medium, able to talk to the dead with amazing ease, she became more comfortable with the afterlife than real life, and with that openness she attracted something dark from the other side. Terrified by the experience she swore she would never communicate with the dead again.
Ten years later at the scene of an apparent suicide, her long closed-down connection to the dead is reopened, and she begins to receive information she shouldn’t know about the victims’ final moments.
Stalked in her dreams and in waking life by an angry male presence, Ada begins to relive the dark days when something from the other side wanted her to end her life.
But as the bodies stack up and the visions intensify, Ada realises that in order to stop more people from dying she has to let the dead back in to find out the truth of what is driving her residents to violent acts – and face up to her own ghosts.
Wow – a very different crime thriller/drama with ghostly presences adding a paranormal element to this disturbing story. Housing manager Ada used to be a powerful medium until she was frightened by one of her ghostly contacts but now, a decade later, her psychic abilities reconnect putting not only her life in danger but the lives of others, too. Can she help discover why it is happening and help protect everyone?
This is a very dark story, an uncomfortable read yet still a page turner and very distracting from our current reality. It has plenty of twists and turns, some of which you’ll not anticipate. If you enjoy dark, disturbing but intriguing reads, this is one for you but be warned it could well be described as the stuff of nightmares!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
About Anne-Marie Ormsby
On a warm day in July 1978, a mother was admitted to hospital, awaiting the arrival of her new baby. She was reading Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie and the midwives thought it a gruesome choice for an expectant mother. A story of a long forgotten murder and repressed memories. As it turned out her new baby, Anne-Marie would grow up and find herself drawn to all things macabre, and would one day herself turn out a story of murder and memories lost.
Anne Marie grew up on the Essex coast with her parents and six siblings in a house that was full of books and movies and set the scene for her lifelong love of both.
She began writing short stories when she was still at primary school after reading the book The October Country by Ray Bradbury. He was and still is her favourite author and the reason she decided at age 9 that she too would be a writer someday.
In her teens she continued to write short stories and branched out into poetry, publishing a few in her late teens. In her early twenties she began committing herself to writing a novel and wrote one by the age of 20 that she then put away, fearing it was too weird for publication.
She wrote Purgatory Hotel over several years, but again kept it aside after several rejections from publishers. Luckily for her, she found a home for her twisted tale with Crooked Cat Books.
Her favourite authors include Ray Bradbury, Jack Kerouac, Stephen King, Denis Lehane and Douglas Coupland. She also takes great inspiration from music and movies, her favourite artists being Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Johnny Cash, Interpol, David Lynch and David Fincher.
After ten years living in London, Anne-Marie moved to Margate where she lives with her husband and their daughter
Follow Anne-Marie Ormsby
Website – www.annemarieormsby.com