The Clockmaker

Fiction - Supernatural
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Reviewed on 03/24/2019
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Author Biography

Neary-Williams is the co-writing team of Andrew Neary and Ceri Williams,based in the Midlands of the UK. This is the first time we are co-writing and we are really excited about how dynamic our partnership is .It was evident from our initial meetings and the snowballing of ideas which evolved into the journey, that we absolutely had to write this novel, and which subsequently forms the basis for the books that will follow.

The Clockmaker is the first in an upcoming series of supernatural books .
Widowed in World War 2, Annette and her young son face a completely different life as they exchange the devastation of post-blitz London for the slow pace of a small village in Scotland.
The house they have inherited is old, its bones still settling, creaking noises in the dead of night and the murmur of scritch-scritch in the walls. Located outside the village of Lochnagar, it’s been empty for many years.

The unfolding of how the Clockmaker made his plans, his meticulous preparations and macabre creations, all builds up to a series of gruesome, horrific murders. These have just one end in view: his release from that which has held him captive for centuries.

As a novel with dark gothic undertones and supernatural themes, we wanted the setting to be a place that leant itself completely to the genre.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

The Clockmaker by Drew Neary and Ceri Williams blends the supernatural with horror to keep readers awake as they explore the thrumming hearts of the characters. It is lyrical in style and absorbing in its content. As the first book in a series — there couldn’t be a better opening — it follows the life of Annette and her son after losing a husband and father in WWII. Mother and son find themselves in a small village in Scotland, inheriting an old house outside the village of Lochnagar, a house that has been empty for years. But the house is far worse than just being old and creaking. It is the lair of the Clockmaker and what follows is a tale filled with darkness and murders and unspeakable horrors. The Clockmaker, the one who has been held captive for so long, is about to be released.

I hardly read novels written by more than one author, but this one got my attention and had me turning from page to page. It is so well-written that it satisfies the reader in every way. The first thing that caught my attention when I started reading is the strength of the writing. It is lyrical and hugely evocative. “Memories. Berlin. Pockets of time fading away within his ancient mind like wisps of smoke in the air. The leavings of the engine’s smoke stack pulling this carriage northwards, as he watched them drift past the window and unravel. Ah, those thoughts would fade so easily.” The phraseology is so deftly composed to create a poetic feeling, evoking sensations, capturing streams of consciousness, and allowing readers to feel what the characters feel. There is mystery, there is horror, and there is a disturbing sense of terror built on the character of the Clockmaker. The historical setting of the novel with the background of WWII is relevant. The Clockmaker is fast paced, and the short chapters, coupled with the timely paragraph breaks, make for an enjoyable reading experience. A hugely satisfying read.

Lit Amri

In The Clockmaker, a story set after WWII, widow Annette and her young son Duncan leave post-blitz London for the tiny village of Lochnagar in the Scottish Highlands, moving into her late husband’s childhood home that she plans to turn into a guest house. During their train ride, they meet a mysterious elderly man, who ends up staying with them. However, the man, known only as The Clockmaker, has a chilling agenda that leads to strange and gruesome happenings in the small Scottish village.

The Clockmaker is a collaboration between two authors-Ceri Williams and Drew Neary. It unassumingly starts as a historical drama until the chilling elements begin to gradually encapsulate the plot. The moderate pace might put off some readers who prefer the horror to be outright from the beginning, but the prose is sublime and deftly evocative, making the narrative highly engaging. It’s easy to relate to Annette and Duncan. Their efforts to start over and settle into their new life are poignant. The Clockmaker is a bit of a conundrum to me, although no doubt this enigma is the core layer of intrigue and fear of the story. The ending seems to suggest a sequel.

The nostalgic nature of the cover by artist Priscilla Rodriguez is fascinating and represents the story well. On the whole, Williams and Neary’s The Clockmaker has something for everyone; drama, history, the supernatural, suspense, and even a dose of sci-fi. I look forward to reading more collaborations by these authors.

K.C. Finn

The Clockmaker is a work of supernatural fiction penned by co-authors Drew Neary and Ceri Williams. Written as the opening to a whole series of works in the paranormal field, this first novel focuses on Great Britain in its time of rebuilding after the devastation of the Second World War. London refugee Annette leaves her bombed city for a new life in the country, taking her little son with her in the hope of a better life for him. But as time moves on in the village of Lochnagar, it becomes apparent that Annette has only traded one kind of horror for another: the Clockmaker is about to put his sinister plans into action on her doorstep.

One of the wonderful things about finding a truly gothic novel is the sensation that all is not well even in the ‘normal’ section of the story before the supernatural elements set in. Authors Drew Neary and Ceri Williams do a superb job of keeping you looking out of the corner of your eye for horrible, paranormal clues, even though the full punch of the supernatural horror doesn’t come until the big reveal at the book’s finale. I enjoyed the character development immensely, as well as the quintessentially British atmosphere that this kind of small village horror tale thrives on. It was brilliantly written with a selection of both historic and atmospherically creepy terms, and the conclusion was both surprising and satisfying to the tale as a whole. Overall, The Clockmaker comes highly recommended as a great gothic thriller.

Trudi LoPreto

In The Clockmaker by Drew Neary and Ceri Williams, Annette has left London and taken her young son Duncan to live in the highlands of Scotland (the home of her late husband). An old man befriends her and is soon a house guest in her home and a friend to young Duncan. There are a lot of unnatural and unexplained murders in the small village; there are also a lot of normal, everyday events between Annette and Duncan, but when it all is combined and intertwined there is a lot going on. It is the kind of book you must read for yourself or much of the surprise will be gone.

The Clockmaker is a very different story than I really expected. It has so many elements - science fiction, supernatural , Gothic thriller, parental love and lots and lots of weirdness. It is, however, a book that was hard to put down. The Clockmaker has each chapter being told by a specific character and thus we learn what is happening, or think we do, from all sides. Annette, widowed, along with her young son, the unnamed old man and a few fleeting characters share their thoughts throughout the story. The Clockmaker starts out a bit slow and confusing but after reading a little ways in, the plot becomes clear and you anxiously read more and more. The ending is one I never saw coming and leaves it wide open for the next book in this series. If you like this type of genre, then this book is a must-read for you will really enjoy The Clockmaker.