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Summary

Our last autumn of innocence. Star-spangled nights. Mist-wreathed woodland. A twisted shape watching coldly from the shadows.

Industrial Lancashire, 1974. The kids in the coal-mining town of Ashburn love the waning of the year. Fancy dress and scary stories for Halloween. Fireworks and treacle toffee on Guy Fawkes Night. And a month after that, snow and the approach of Christmas. But, this particular autumn will be memorable for entirely different reasons. Because, this year, someone is killing the children of Ashburn. Or should that be something?

While police and parents search for a maniac, Stephen Carter and his schoolmates know better. They may be on the cusp of adulthood, but there’s still enough of the youngster left in each of them to recognize the work of an evil supernatural being unique to these deserts of slag heap and coal tips.

A coming of age story from the dark imagination of Sunday Times best-selling crime and horror writer Paul Finch. A must for all fans of It, Stranger Things, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

"A born storyteller." (Peter James, author)

©2019 Brentwood Press trading as P&C Finch Ltd (P)2019 P&C Finch Ltd

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Well that was unexpected

A fantastic little novella which will appeal to all Paul Finch fans I suspect.

The killer came as a bit of a shock, I had never suspected them, so that was a huge plus story is brilliantly told and brilliantly narrated by Mr Patmore.

Please also note that :
I don't think this is actually a young adult book as shown here on audible at time of review, it is on Amazon as mystery/thriller not young adult category and I do not believe it is suitable for 12-14 years olds, and older kids would probably be bored by it.

Update 18-11-20 : I note that the category now seems to have been changed to reflect the correct thriller category which is great.

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This story is fantastic.

Greg Patmore narrating a Paul Finch book is an absolutely perfect combination.

The story was wonderfully written, powerfully descriptive and with believable characters and emotions.

Narrated in a calm, conversational manner, it evoked feelings of listening to a friend tell me a story from their past. At times I wanted to butt in with questions because the suspense was killing me! But in due time, the story unfolds perfectly.

And what a story he tells! Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to this wonderful book.

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  • Olivia Wylie
  • 13-01-20

A Classic Spooky Yarn

This spooky All Hallows story is a creepy boys' adventure in the spirit of Something Wicked This Way Comes and Thief of Time. A perfect chill for the Hallows' Eve Night

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  • Carolyn E. Jaques
  • 26-04-21

super scary

what a great Halloween story. well written. well read. gonna check out other stories from this author

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  • Nicole
  • 19-11-20

Good suspenseful story

Good suspenseful story with a heck of an ending!! Great imagery makes you feel like you are really there!

I received a free copy and left my honest review

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  • Neesie315
  • 01-11-20

Season of Mist

This was an enjoyable short read, perfect for Halloween. Part coming of age, part horror, part psychological thriller, and all fun to read.

The story follows a group of young teenage boys in England in 1974. The author does a great job with creating the atmosphere of those times, pointing out the differences in this time period and today's modern society. Told from the perspective of one of the boys, the gang has fun with building tree houses, getting into minor scrapes, and just being kids. All of that changes when the body of a boy their age is found murdered in a horrific way. His badly beaten body brings to mind an old horror tale about a man who died while working in the local coal mine.

But, is the murderer really this ghost from the past or someone more real? Which would be more frightening? By the ending, I had a pretty good idea of the truth, but it was still wonderfully written and greatly entertaining. The author has a great way with words and his descriptions made me feel like I was in the story.

The narrator did a great job. It took me a few minutes to be able to follow his accent, but once it caught on, his performance was great. I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version of this book by the author/narrator/publisher and chose to review it.

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  • Jess H.
  • 23-07-20

good YA mystery

I thought this was a good YA mystery. I would have liked a few things left out as they didn't add to the story much and more build up and details for the climax.

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  • Robbie Coleman
  • 31-05-20

Very entertaining

This book had a great story. I really enjoyed the characters and the terror of the unknown throughout the book. Had a great ending!

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  • Deedra
  • 27-04-20

Season of Mist

This was a good read.A town legend about a miner that was in a mine accident starts coming true.A boy whos grandfather made up the story may be the only one to stop it.Greg Patmore was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • MDW 77
  • 29-03-20

Gripping Thriller

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This is a creepy and suspense filled novel set in the 70's, before technology took over the free time of our youth. Teens are disappearing and a shroud of supernatural myths surround the murders, leaving the town baffled and scared. Can the police nab the perpetrator, and calm the fear? That is the question that kept me listening until the shocking conclusion. With lots of teenage shenanigans and excellent narration, this book had the feel of a true crime novel rather than fiction. Fans of Stephen King's IT, or the more recent Stranger Things, will love this gripping thriller!

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  • Blackeagle
  • 21-03-20

Exciting and Intriguing

I must say that I loved this book it was well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. Greg Patmore's narration was absolutely perfect it sounded as if the story were a real memory. The characters are quirky and well developed. Myths, murder and a twist that truly gave me the creeps. I highly recommend this book if you like chills and thrills. I received this book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review here of my own volition.

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  • Mary Dean
  • 16-02-20

Great coming of age mystery

I can't express enough how good this book is. Paul Finch is a new to me author and I definitely want to read more from him. This story was told in a true story teller fashion. And Greg Patmore narrating it gave it that much more magic. I felt like this was a story being told to me personally. It had me intrigued from the start. And when I reached the end I was full of so much surprise at the outcome. I was sad it was over. i didn't want the mystery and suspense to end. This is the coming of age tale told from Stephen Carter's point of view. It starts during Halloween season in 1974. As Stephen and his friends are dealing with growing up and discovering themselves and those around them, they also are dealing with kids their age being murdered in their town. Soon everyone is on high alert and there is a mystery that Stephen believes is caused by something supernatural. This story had a spooky feel to it that had me wondering if these kids had a big imagination or if something supernatural was responsible. I loved every minute of it. I highly suggest this to all suspense and mystery fans. You will be as entertained as I was.