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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.