High up on the windswept cliffs of Pale Peak, Faye and Felix celebrate their new engagement. But soon, a chorus of ghastly noises erupts from the nearby woods: the screams of animals, the cries of children, and the mad babble of a hundred mournful voices. A dark figure looms near the windows in the dead of night, whispering to Faye. As the weather turns deadly, Felix discovers that his terrified fiancée isn’t just mumbling in her sleep – she’s whispering back.
Members of the Books of Horror group over on Facebook have been absolutely raving about Stolen Tongues for weeks. As I’m always on the lookout for a horror book that will chill me to the core, I decided to give it a go and bought it on Kindle.
Felix Blackwell isn’t one for writing slow burn stories and that was clear from Stolen Tongues‘ prologue, which is the narrator recollecting a terrifying housesitting experience. I read horror novels with the hope of being scared and to have those scares coming at me from the outset is the horror equivalent of heaven for me. I’m an impatient reader (admittedly not one of my best qualities), so I love it when authors throw me in at the deep end in the opening pages of their novels.
Stolen Tongues is a genuinely creepy book and there were several scenes that actually made my blood run cold when I read them. With Stolen Tongues, Felix Blackwell isn’t just telling his readers a story; he’s making them live it. This book isn’t just a run-of-the-mill horror novel littered with clichés. It’s an experience, one that will stay with readers long after they’ve turned the final page…
…which is why I was so disappointed with its ending. I won’t go into any detail as I try to make my reviews as spoiler free as possible, but the book’s conclusion was very anticlimactic for me. When I reached the end, my first thought was, “Oh. Is that it?” The big reveal that I was anticipating never arrived and I also feel as though there were a couple things that were left unresolved, things that had promised to play a bigger part in the overall story when they were first mentioned.
My disappointment with Stolen Tongues‘ ending hasn’t put me off reading more of Blackwell’s work, though. This was my first Felix Blackwell story and it certainly won’t be my last.
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