Alan Carter returns to his hometown Melington 20 years after his sister's abduction. He has been obsessed with her disappearance, firmly believing tha..Show More »t the abnormally high number of children disappearing from the town isn't simply a coincidence. He decides to expose the town's secret and sets himself on a collision course with the town's council. Alan's present day story is interjected with journal entries from 1826 written by Jeremiah Carter who has lost his daughter. These two plotlines come together cleverly at the end, and although the book doesn't end with a cliffhanger as such, the story resumes in Shadow's Embrace. This was my first time reading anything by A.N. Nasser and I have to admit, if it hadn't been for Jake Urry gifting me a copy of the audiobook, I probably wouldn't have picked this book, simply because the title sounded too disturbing. It is no doubt a horror story, but it was actually quite subtle. There is some violence and obviously, a dark theme involving children, but it's more creepy than bloodthirsty horror. I actually really enjoyed it. The writing was taut and generally very well done. The only thing I found slightly irritating was the repetitive nature in which Deborah was referred to as "the brunette". The quality of the audio production was terrific. At the beginning of the audio, I thought I was listening to two different narrators. It was really well done. The suspenseful tone and the spine-chilling nature of the horror elements were done perfectly. Recommended for anybody who enjoys sinister mysteries with some horror and/or paranormal elements.