Today I’m delighted to be a stop on the blog tour for one of the most talked about books of this summer, The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke. Many thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me onto to the tour.
About this book…
A SENSELESS MURDER. A TERRIFYING LEGEND. A FAMILY HAUNTED.
1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.
2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.
2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.
Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.
He is the Tall Man. He can make you special…
The Tall Man has been one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it was one of the books I took away with me on holiday recently as I knew I would get the peace and quiet I needed to immerse myself completely in its pages. And thankfully, I did! Well, apart from the many questions from other readers around the pool who were intrigued by this gorgeously eye catching cover!
I have to admit to being fascinated by recent media coverage of The Slender Man urbane legend and the real life case surrounding it that shocked the world. So it was with that in mind that I went into The Tall Man rather nervous about how Phoebe Locke would use a similar urbane myth to connect the events in the blurb. And what a brilliant mystery she has crafted! It’s creepy, unpredictable and suspenseful with such an addictive storyline that I didn’t want to put it down-mainly because it scared the **** out of me and I wanted to make sense of the direction of the narrative by following it through to the end as quickly as I possibly could!
What could possibly connect the events of the three timelines that are weaved together here? The legend of the Tall Man that spooks a group of young schoolgirls, a mother walking out on her young baby and a young woman who has recently been tried for murder? As documentary makers start on a fly on the wall “shockumentary” about a teenage girl, the flashbacks throw shadows onto their investigation of her life darkening the background to her story. Throughout most of The Tall Man, I was never really too sure about the exact genre of the book. Was it a supernatural horror or a psychological thriller? What was real and what was imagined? But like all urbane legends, sometimes the truth is more shocking than you could ever imagine.
Phoebe Locke had me in her powerful grasp from the very start of this utterly terrifying tale. I had to read it in the daylight hours though as, like all good creepy commentaries, the legend of The Tall Man felt very real and I wasn’t taking any chances!
I loved the fact that I didn’t have a clue as to where this one was heading and as those last few pages had me completely enthralled, I forgot to hide behind my cushion when the tension cranked itself up to levels much higher than I had been expecting. This book promises a high quality storyline with its intriguing premise and I have to say that it really delivers and the execution is spot on! Really recommend this one!
The Tall Man: A page-turning thriller for the summer is available to purchase from Amazon UK (affiliates link)
Meet the author…
Phoebe Locke is the pseudonym of full-time writer Nicci Cloke. She previously worked at the Faber Academy, and hosted London literary salon Speakeasy. She lives and writes in London.
THE TALL MAN is Phoebe Locke’s debut thriller and will be published in summer 2018.