Title: And No Birds Shall Sing by E.A. Clark
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Date Published: 3rd September 2018
Genre: Horror/Ghost Story
Not all spirits rest in peace…
Following a personal tragedy, a recovering Grace Clements relocates with her husband and daughter to an old cottage in idyllic rural Oxfordshire. As the family integrate into the seemingly benign local community, they learn unsettling facts about the cottage’s dark past. Grace quickly becomes uncomfortably aware of a menacing presence within their new home.
Stumbling upon a neglected cemetery, Grace and her daughter discover the graves of the house’s previous inhabitants, including those of nine babies. Dismayed to find herself pregnant, Grace suspects she has awoken something truly evil in her new residence. She develops a creeping sense of unease as she unravels the disturbing truth about the history of the cottage and the fate of its occupants.
Who is the sinister boy watching Grace and her family? Are there malevolent forces at work? Or is the mentally fragile Grace heading for another breakdown?
A spellbinding paranormal thriller from the best-selling author of Lay Me To Rest. You may want to keep the lights on…
Grace, her husband Sam and their daughter Cassie need a fresh start after Grace suffers another tragic miscarriage. They think doing up the old Partlowe cottage will be the fresh start that they need.
The cottage’s tragic past comes to light and they receive warnings from the villagers to move out, especially when Grace finds herself pregnant again but they ignore the strange going on in the house. Will they change their mind before it’s too late?
I read E.A Clark’s debut last year, so I jumped at the chance to read And No Birds Shall Sing, as I really enjoyed the ghostly aspect of her first novel.
I’m probably a little biased when it comes to this sort of story because I love a good ghost story (which probably comes from the fact I grew up across the road from a cemetery). This is fabulously spooky novel using historical details (obviously well researched) and personal tragedy to added depth to the usual haunted house story.
I liked Grace, she’s is a little neurotic but with her history of miscarriages and losing her biological mother at a very young age, so it is completely understandable. Also I loved Cassie, their ten year old daughter, who even though she’s blind doesn’t let her that stop her from doing what she wants.
There were a few standard ghost story tropes like seeing things when no one is around and nobody believing in what Grace saw but I like the fact that E.A. Clark made them feel credible and realistic. Also I can safely say I did not see that shocking ending coming at all!
I will warn anyone before they read this book, it does contain the very upsetting subject of miscarriages, depression and suicide that may difficult for some to read.
And No Bird Shall Sing is a fantastic ghost story that managed to take me on an emotional and spooky journey that I just didn’t want to end. I cannot wait for E.A Clark’s next book!
About The Author:
Elizabeth Clark was born and raised in the Midlands, where she continues to live with her husband and son, plus an assortment of pets. Much of her formative existence was spent with her head in a book, and from an early age, she grew to relish the sheer escapism afforded by both reading and writing fiction. Putting things on hold for a time to raise her three children, she has resumed her fervent scribbling.
She has a love of antiquity and a penchant for visiting old graveyards, often speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal culminated in her first novel for adults, ‘Lay Me to Rest’, published in September 2017 by HQ Digital.
‘And No Birds Shall Sing’, to be published by Crooked Cat in October 2018, is her second foray into the realms of the supernatural.
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