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Shadows of the Lost Child by Ellie Stevenson

ShadowsA spooky novel set in two very different realities, with flashbacks to a terrible accident in between.

Aleph Jones is trying to escape the memories of a dreadful mistake that keeps haunting him, only to end up in a house that is haunted by its own past. He is drawn into the lives of Cressida, Alice and Guinevere and nothing seems to be what it looks like. Not just the house seems to be lost in the 21st century. Who is crying at night? And why on earth is the fridge standing in the middle of the room?

Over a century ago, unexplainable things happened in this part of the town that was then an area of squalor and exploitation. Tom and Miranda, the main characters of the past setting, are experiencing a challenging learning curve during which their entire world is turned upside down.
And then there is young Alice who seems to have found a mysterious passage.

The author drags her readers on a relentless journey from one century to the other, creating a quirky familiarity with some highly exceptional characters. Whilst personally, I still wouldn’t want to spend time with Aleph, on the other hand Miranda and Tom, at the end of the book, feel like friends you’re sorry to let go.

Shadows of the Lost Child’ was published with Rosegate Publications in September 2014
It is available on Amazon, as a Kindle edition and now also as a paperback version.

Rather mysterious

Watching Charlotte Brontë Die   by Ellie Stevenson

An inherited garden shed, a storm-battered Channel island, a smokers’ room, a terrace behind an average house, a flowery sofa, a countryside bus, a tree in a park, and last but not least, a Cathedral Library… mystery does arise in many different places in this collection of 9 stories from somewhat intriguing realities.Bronte3

Be prepared for the unexpected.
Ellie Stevenson takes her readers deep into the heart of her characters. They come from walks of life as far apart as the bullied carer and the literary researcher; one thing they seem to have in common, though, they are insistent in their search for happiness. Some of them achieve their goal better than others, but each story creates room for unsettling questions.

My favourite story from this collection must be the one of Anna Grail, the girl with a fondness for tractor driving. You cannot avoid loving her and cheering her on her way.

It is a bit hard to not read all the stories in one go, but it is recommended. Perhaps you should leave the light on, in the hallway.

 ‘Watching Charlotte Brontë Die’ was published on 10 Jan 2013 at Rosegate Publications
It is available on Amazon, as a Kindle edition and now also as a paperback version.