Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Review Tour + #Giveaway: The Folly at Raighvan Park by Judith Crow @jayzed_kay @GoddessFish

The Folly at Raighvan Park

by Judith Crow

GENRE: Gothic Horror


Desperate to escape memories of a devastating railway accident, Lord Stretton accepts an invitation to Raighvan Park, the home of his childhood friend, Sir David Joyce.

But Stretton discovers that Raighvan Park is not the safe haven he had been seeking. The ghosts which have haunted him since the accident seem to have followed him, and the situation grows darker when human remains are discovered at Sir David’s proposed folly.

Are the ghosts of the accident still stalking him? Or is there something more sinister at work at Raighvan Park?

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I had meant to gain some rest rather than actual sleep, but I must have given way to dreams as I found myself standing in the cemetery at Stretton, looking from my father’s grave to the grave of the nurse who rested beside him. It might have been a memory, given the many hours I spent there during the spring, until the ground around me began to tremble, and I watched as first my father and then the young nurse clambered out of their graves. My father wore the clothes he had been buried in, still with his lower jaw tied by the green ribbon my mother herself had placed around his head. Likewise, the nurse was wearing the same grey dress she had died in, blood soaked down the back and sides, which I saw clearly as she placed her wasting hand into my father’s and began to dance with him. I watched them waltz through the cemetery, laughing noiselessly and spinning around as though they could not stop. Finally, they reached me, and the nurse held out her hand. I pulled away and, in the effort, awoke.

For a moment, I believed I must have gone blind, or else died myself, as I found myself in the pitch darkness of the grave, and I threw my hands out in panic. However, as my eyes began to accustom, I realised I could see stars above me, and I had slept into the night. A thousand thoughts burst through my mind at exactly the same time as the pain in my feet returned, and I heard my teeth chattering almost before I felt them. 

My Review:

Lord Stretton witnesses a tragic accident that haunts him no matter where he goes to try and get away from it all. Lord Stretton accepts an invitation to Raighvan Park, the home of his childhood friend, Sir David Joyce. Lord Stretton hopes that time away will help him forget what happened. He is in hopes that his friend can help him forget.

But that is not to be as his ghosts follow him to Raighvan Park. Lord Stretton asks himself and others if a man can be haunted? Can ghosts follow you? Without any experts on ghosts around only time will tell. But the question remains are the ghosts real? Or are the ghosts only Lord Stretton’s way of dealing with what happened on that horrific day?

The Folly at Raighvan Park will pull you into its depth from the moment you begin to read and it will not let go even after you have read the last page. The descriptions are very well done making it easy to imagine it all. My heart went out to Lord Stretton as he traveled down this lowly and dark path.

If you like dark ghost stories then let me suggest you give The Folly at Raighvan Park a try. Grab a copy of The Folly at Raighvan Park today!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Judith was born in Orkney, grew up in Lincolnshire and now lives in the far north of Scotland. Her work draws inspiration from folklore, experience and the natural world.

The Backwater, Judith’s debut book, was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2019, and her novel, Honour’s Rest, was a finalist in the Eyelands Book Award as well as being selected as a "top book for teens" for Winter 2021 in The Scotsman.

When she isn’t writing, Judith is a teacher at a primary school in Caithness. She sometimes finds that writing gets usurped by crafting, music, and being a generally doting spaniel owner.




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Jayzedkay said...

Thank you so much for reviewing The Folly at Raighvan Park - I'm really pleased you enjoyed it.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you so much for featuring this book and for reviewing.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.