Echoes Of Home: A Ghost Story
by M. L. Rayner
Echoes of Home is the perfect read for this time of the year, although I would have thoroughly enjoyed it at any time.
This is M.L. Rayner’s debut novel and what an excellent debut it is! As soon as I read the prologue I was gripped.
Leslie Wills had my sympathy from the very beginning. Finding himself the only son to stay at home, in Stoke-on-Trent, to look after his mother when his brothers had left the city long before to pursue dreams of their own without ever looking back or even keeping in touch. I could understand his resentment and I admired his loyalty to his parents.
When he finds himself alone in the world the last thing he expects is for the opportunity to start a new life in the Scottish Highlands. With nothing to keep him in Stoke any longer he gets in his car and starts the long journey north.
Nothing could prepare him for what he discovers when he finally arrives.
This is an unsettling tale which grabbed my attention immediately and held it to the very last page. It is full of mystery, suspense, and intriguing characters. It is incredibly atmospheric. I could easily visualise the setting. I could almost feel the cold and damp. It isn’t somewhere I would want to live, alone or otherwise, although I can appreciate the beauty of the place. I found it quite an emotional read, heart-breaking at times. It is a chilling read which gave me goosebumps on more than one occasion, especially towards the end!
I loved it!
If you’re looking for the perfect ghost story this Halloween, then look no further. I highly recommend!
About the author
Born and bred in the county of Staffordshire. Matt is a keen reader of classical, horror and fantasy literature and enjoys writing in the style of traditional ghost stories. During his working life, Matt joined the ambulance service in 2009, transporting critically ill patients all over the UK. After writing his first novel, Matt was welcomed into the family of Question Mark Press publishing and now dedicates his time on future releases. His hobbies include genealogy and hiking, and he enjoys spending time with his wife, Emma, his children, and his family.