Book Review: The Veil by Jerry Ibbotson
Paul Morrison, Author; Book Lover
'Something is not right in the picturesque Yorkshire village of Henchcombe. Terrible things walk the streets each time a thick mist sweeps down off the moor.'
There are some obvious points of reference in Jerry Ibbotson's excellent new urban fantasy novel. James Herbert's classic The Fog (at least the way that I remember it from 25 years ago, when I read it), but the book reminded me more closely of Dean Koontz, both through its storyline, but also the way that he took disparate characters across the village and slowly brought them together to ultimately fight against the odds to save themselves and the village.
The main characters are nicely fleshed out and draw you into the story, and it is a nice touch to make Martin the local Vicar the leader of the group. Martin loves the village and is desperate to save his flock. He is supported by his wife, as well as an author who has just moved to the village to research one of Henchcombe's most notorious historical inhabitants, a grief-stricken Fireman who's recently lost his wife and child in a horrible accident and his anxious brother who can't let go of his childhood tormentor.
Half way through the book it changes from eerie ghost tale to an action thriller, as the group start to find out more about 'the veil' and decide to fight back. There are some nice humorous touches, such as the Vicar using Motown to help exorcise spirits from the villagers, which stops the book from taking itself too seriously.
Overall this is an ambitious concept, but Jerry Ibbotson pulls the different strands together to make a very enjoyable read. The Veil is out now as an e-book on Amazon.
To find out more about Jerry Ibbotson and The Veil, go to www.jerryibbotson.co.uk
Paul Morrison is the author of The White Swan, for more details go to www.paulmorrison.co.uk
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Book Review: The Veil by Jerry Ibbotson, 14th May 2013, 16:07 PM