Title: One by One by D.W Gillespie
Publisher: Flame Tree Press
Date Published: 26th September 2019
The Easton family has just moved into an old house and Alice, the youngest, is excited to explore the new place. Her excitement turns to dread as she discovers a child’s drawing of a family just like hers under the wallpaper.
When family members begin to disappear, it is up to her to unlock the mystery before she becomes the next victim.
I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this blog tour and Flame tree press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Alice and her brother Dean with their parents move to a new house in the middle of nowhere. The strange house begins to effect them all. Her parents relationship, already on shaky ground seems to go from bad to worse and her warm and caring father changes overnight.
Things get worse when Alice uncovers a child’s drawing and one by one the members of the family disappear.
One by one kept me gripped from the start, I absolutely devoured this novel!
One of my favourite things is a haunted/creepy house, I always love reading the way a different author makes their mark on this horror staple.
This is the kind of novel that builds the tension from the beginning, slowly getting more and more sinister as it goes along, building into an explosive ending, which I didn’t see coming!
Dean, Alice’s older brother, reminded me so much of my son, his moodiness and the tendency to be on his phone or locked in his bedroom. I also think that the complex brother/sister relationship between Dean and Alice was portrayed really well.
The only quibble I had was with Alice’s character voice. She is meant to be ten but half the time she sounded older than I do! I think an older protagonist may have worked a little better.
One by one is solid spooky read, fully of plenty of tension and intrigue that will keep you turning those pages!
About The Author:
A fan of all things dark and horrific, D.W. Gillespie has been writing horror, sci-fi, and fantasy for longer than he would like to admit. After years of daydreaming, he started taking it seriously in college after a creative writing class helped spark his motivation. After winning a local writing award, he realized that his path forward was clear.
In the years since, he’s been featured in many publications, both online and in print. He’s the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Toy Thief, Still Dark, and Handmade Monsters.
For One by One, Gillespie was influenced by his experience of moving houses often when growing up. One particular house was supposedly haunted (according to previous tenants) and became specially inspirational, and he knew he wanted it to feature in one of his books as a character in the story.
A lifelong native of Middle Tennessee, he still lives there today with his wife and two children.