Imagery on point

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I had a number of opportunities to read this book pre-release and I kept letting it pass me by. Eventually it got right under my skin and I needed to know what all the fuss was about. And I'm so glad I did.

Not even close to my usual go-to genre, Starve Acre is the haunting tale of Richard and Juliette Willoughby. The main focus of the plot is the grief held from the death of their five year old son. It takes hold in very different ways for both of them. Juliette is adamant she can hear her son's voice and enlists the help of The Beacons who seem to be a group of spiritualists for want of a better word. They're definitely supposed to give off a creepy vibe but I'm really up for stuff like that so enjoyed it rather than got creeped out.

Richard approaches things differently. He's much more rational but still believes that a different kind of evil lurks at Starve Acre.

There's no doubt that Hurley writes beautifully and can set a tone like no other.