Title: In Darkness, Shadows Breathe by Catherine Cavendish
Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Date Published: 19th January 2021
You’re next… Carol and Nessa are strangers but not for much longer. In a luxury apartment and in the walls of a modern hospital, the evil that was done continues to thrive. They are in the hands of an entity that knows no boundaries and crosses dimensions – bending and twisting time itself – and where danger waits in every shadow. The battle is on for their bodies and souls and the line between reality and nightmare is hard to define. Through it all, the words of Lydia Warren Carmody haunt them. But who was she? And why have Carol and Nessa been chosen? The answer lies deep in the darkness…
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners,and exciting, original voices.
I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this tour and Flame Tree Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I read and enjoyed The Haunting of Henderson Close by this author way back in 2019, so I thought I’d see what her new book had to offer.
In Darkness, Shadows Breathe is a psychological horror that follows the stories of Carol, a troubled young woman who had spent her life in care, and Nessa, a retired lecturer who’s suffering from cancer. They both seemed to be plagued by similar hauntings and visions from another time involving a woman by the name of Lydia Warren Carmody, a mysterious woman from the past.
There were plenty of spooky goings on throughout the novel, as I’ve come to expect from Catherine Cavendish’s writing. There was an interesting theme to the novel of time being nonlinear, so in theory you could be in several time periods all at once!
I found the little flashbacks to the days of the workhouse and asylum fascinating and more than a little disturbing. It was appalling how the women were treated, half the time as nothing more than things to be experimented on.
The characters are really well drawn, flawed yet relatable. Nessa’s story really got to my heart, reminding me of my mother’s own battle with cancer.
For me the two halves of the didn’t quite mesh as well as I would have liked, it felt for the most part two separate stories. I also would have liked to have found out a little more about the evil entity known as the one and the many, but of course that’s just my opinion.
In Darkness, Shadows Breathe is an atmospheric read packed with tension and chilling moments.
About The Author:
Following a varied career in sales, advertising and career guidance, Cat is now the full-time author of a number of paranormal, ghostly and Gothic horror novels and novellas. She lives with her long-suffering husband and black cat in a 260 year old haunted apartment in North Wales.