When 16-year-old Ben McCloud moves to Black Hill Farm, he soon falls in love with the mysterious and seductive Andrea Black.
Finding themselves alone on this remote farm and desperate to stay together, Ben's and Andrea's world spirals out of control. As they fight for survival, every step they take leads them into an ever darker world of terror and despair.
A dark tale of love and horror with a deadly twist.
©2011 Tim O'Rourke (P)2015 Tim O'Rourke
Review of Audio book ‘Black Hill Farm’ Written by: Tim O'Rourke
Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
Great story beautifully narrated:
This is a young adult horror romance novel with a paranormal twist. I was so captivated with this audio that I listened to the whole thing in under 24 hours.
Set on a old dairy farm in modern day, rural Cornwall England, O’Rourke’s Genius with this story is that he leads you into the plot after the murders have taken place and then the whole of the past events is spread out before you, so you get to unravel it along with the unwitting police, but just when you think that you know the facts, there is more, much more.
What a tale! It starts off with Chief Inspector John Walker interviewing 16 year old Ben McCloud under the watchful eye of Ms. Hughes from child services.
Ben who had turned up at the police station and told them that he wanted to confess to murder at the farm, did not appear to be the stereo typical serial murder, and throughout the questioning John noticeably makes notes highlighting this, which we get to share between the taped interviews.
John is an old and skilled inspector who is in charge of the murders at Black Hill farm. He likes to do things by the rule book and finds the way that Ben insists on conducting the interview frustrating. However with no leads he is prepared to sit it out, give him more rope, to hang himself as the old county expression goes.
Ben is keen to tell his story and leaves no detail untold, the story is of true and enduring love, of betrayal of lost dreams. It is full of dark twists that will leave you on feeling happy but also devastated at times and gasping in wonder. O'Rourke wrote economically with his characters, every one was important, even the once who did appear so at first.
To me the best bit is the way the story has been brought to live by the extremely talented Ann Parker-Naples. Anna uses a wide range of voices and a depth of emotions in her narration of Black Hill Farm. She makes the characters so believable and she has the perfect voice for the young heroine Andy, and I was able to picture this 17 year beautiful blond girl in my mind clearly as Anna spoke. I was also able to picture all the other well written and narrated characters. I loved how Anna made Mr Parker so slimly, Emily the old cow more dribbley, Ben sound so lost and Inspector John sound so very human. Anna has a supreme talent to understand how the authors see their characters and she crafts her voice which such a all encompassing gentle power that you are literally lifted out of your seats to sit in the rooms in black hill farm and experience every feeling; every happiness like the wonders of biting into a birthday cake, romance of sharing a bath to the complete horror of staring at a magott infested face.
I could say much more but I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, so I will end by simply saying that this audio book is a triumph and one that you should defiantly add to your collection.
"Black Hill Farm"
This was a good and I just can't get over how incredibly creepy it is. I feel a little like I've been kicked in the gut... a little queasy. It's riveting and surprising and I still can't catch my breath. Black Hill Farm is a crazy psychological thriller, and I found it impossible to put down.
"Black Hill Farm bk 1"
This was a super bit of storytelling!The main character has a teen in custody for murder.As the horror of his 'confession' unfolds,the DI/cop himself starts to unravel.I highly recommend this book!The narrator,Anna Parker-Naples is fantastic! I was gifted a copy for a honest review.I honestly LOVED it!
wow. I was not expecting such a wonderfully written dark story. Beautiful narration as well
By Tim O'Rourke a new author , for me , but I will certainly be looking into his other books.
I was given this audiobook in return for an honest review.
This was a very unusual story, told mainly through a boys confession at the police station. The plot was very cleaverly put together, gradually getting darker and darker, with one hell of a twist at the end ..... I can see that this continues as a series , and would certainly like to hear more when it's out in audio download .
the Narration was done by Anna Parker-Naples, whilst being a very talented narrator , I personly did not feel that she was the right choice for this book. Her voice is very young girl sounding and although the two main characters are teenagers, I didn't feel it was well suited. I found it a bit distracting to start with , but the story is too well told to be ruined completely by this.
The narrating was amazing. I love Tims storyline and that they are merging but even more, for this series, I love the narration.
What a book!! OMG what a twist at the end!! I never expected that!! Going to find another book by this author right this second!!
"a very chilling young adult horror story"
Following his parents’ deaths, sixteen-year-old Ben is sent to live with his uncle on an isolated farm on the South Coast of England. Life with an uncle he doesn’t know and with his mysterious cousin Andrea “Andy” is harsh. Written from the perspective of DCI John Walker, who has been conducting interviews with Ben in the police station, this dark and disturbing story unfolds through these interviews.
Black Hill Farm is a very chilling young adult horror story with elements of romance and the paranormal.
This was my first book by Tim O’Rourke, and immediately after finishing it, I had to download one of his other books. This guy can write. While I managed to predict some of the things that were going on here, I was totally drawn in by how wonderfully eerie and haunting this story was. Beware if you are squeamish, for a young adult book I thought this was pretty gory, but I loved it. It was super suspenseful with some great twists, and the way it all came together at the end was really cleverly done. There is a sequel, Andy’s Diary, which I can’t wait to listen to.
As far as Anna Parker-Naples’ narration is concerned, I initially kept wondering why a female narrator when most of the narrative was from a middle aged male policeman and a 16-year-old boy. It was a bit distracting at first, but I became so involved in the story, I quickly got used to it, and Anna Parker-Naples actually turned out to be a very talented narrator. Her emotive narration pulled me in and captivated me so much, I listened to the entire audio in one go. She really managed to bring these characters to life with distinct accents and traits.
To enjoy this, you don’t need to be a young adult reader. If you like scary tales and the supernatural and you don’t mind some brutal and gruesome scenes, then Black Hill Farm is a definite must-have.
Audiobook provided for review by the narrator.
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Awesome awesome awesome. Love Tim O'rourkes stories. This book was Erie as hell and had s terrific ending. One I didn't expect.
Horrible, horrible, horrible. Worst download I have ever made. Quit listen with 1 chapter left.
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