About the Book
A SENSELESS MURDER. A TERRIFYING LEGEND. A FAMILY HAUNTED.
1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.
2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.
2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.
Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.
He is the Tall Man. He can make you special…
I was lucky enough to receive a signed ‘Harrogate Exclusive’ copy of The Tall Man last year but then got sidetracked by all the other books I had to read. A small part of me wishes I had read it sooner but mainly I feel relief that I didn’t do,because now I can shout it about it for the blog tour. And now,of course, it is available for anybody who wants to read it.
This book is amazing. For one, it is completely different to a lot of books that are currently being published. The other reason is that Phoebe Locke has managed to mess with my head. I didn’t have a clue which way this novel was going to go, and when you read a lot of crime fiction it is sometimes easier to see the twist/ culprit earlier.
It is set across three time frames from various points of view. One of the characters does stand put as being a little suspect but I couldn’t tell you why. There are also the characters who aren’t scary or eerie, just rotten to the core. The type of people who give those who work in the media a bad name. As I got further through the novel I felt increasingly tense about what had happened and what was still to come. And what was being held back, because there were many secrets.
That this is a debut novel is astonishing. It is a long time since I read a novel that captivated me in this way. It was a book that I needed to finish whilst I still had a few fingernails left.
Dark, powerful and intense. Phoebe Locke is an author I will definitely be following in the future.