Wednesday, 7 April 2021

7 Days in Hell by Iseult Murphy



 Nestled between counties Limerick and Cork in Southern Ireland, something evil lurks in the place of High Death.When Vicky’s boss offers her a free vacation in a self-catering cottage over Halloween break, she jumps at the chance to spend quality time with her twin sister, Irene, and Irene’s miniature schnauzer, Ronnie.The village of Basard may boast Ireland’s longest running Halloween celebration, and one of the country’s best preserved standing stone circles, but Vicky finds the place rather dead. What’s more, she can’t sleep for the nightly roars of a distant crowd.Will the twins survive this Halloween vacation to wake the dead, when their 7 days in paradise turns into 7 Days in Hell


 As someone who had many childhood holidays in a remote cottage (Yorkshire Dale's not Ireland and certainly not as horror strewn as this tale) this novel really agreed with my tastes. Going off to somewhere where everyone knows everyone else and you are the outsider isn't always easy, as twins Vicky and Irene soon found out. When something feels too good to be true etc etc is proven to be true when the twins get a chance of a free holiday. 

 The people of the village of Busard are suitably sinister in their ways and things soon go from scares to out and out gore. The Irishness (is that even a word? It is now 😉) of the characters felt true, not like a comedy pastiche which I really appreciated as it gave it a sense of reality. 

 There are moments that will make people uncomfortable but they didn't spoil things for me. 7 days in Hell is the first Iseult Murphy book I have read but it certainly isn't the last



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