Sunday, April 29, 2012

Turner by Karl Drinkwater

An isolated Welsh island seems the ideal place for four unconnected individuals to seek refuge from their own demons and to escape from the rat race. However, on Ynys Diawl they face a night of horror and madness. If they don't work together none of them will see the light of day.  
Phil Rickman, on BBC Radio Wales' Phil The Shelf literary programme, likened it to "The Wicker Man in Wales". The writer Bec Zugor summed it up as: "This will do, for visiting remote islands, what Jaws did for swimming in the sea."
Turner is a tense rural thriller which follows a single night in the lives of a small group of people trying to survive an apparent outbreak of insanity on a remote island which has a history of disappearances.
From Goodreads. 

I enjoyed this book even though to say enjoyed is probably the wrong word. It is a splatter horror book and it is not the splatter part I liked. No, it was more the thought of the evil mind that had made the things that happened on this island possible. And at some point in the book we are told about this persons ancestors and it is chilling to realise that the things that are happening are the product of centuries of madmen. The book made me dislike the islanders but at the end I felt a lot  more sorry for them than anything else. I like the end of the book but won't say why as that might give it away.

This book qualifies for: 
100 books in a year Reading Challenge 2012, 
Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge, 
2012 Ebook Challenge, 
Why Buy the Cow? Reading challenge 2012 ( this book was free on Smashword the 9th of April 2012),
2012 Where are you reading Challenge,
Spring Into Horror Read-a-Thon 

1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for picking Turner as one of your books - a Spring Horror-thon is a fantastic idea, and many of those books are on my phone waiting to be read too! I'm glad you appreciated the sense of history, the subtext of English colonialism in Wales struck me as something worth integrating.