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Whatcha crying for, sissy? Why don’t you grow a pair?’ Rosie says to her mother…‘Send me to school and I’ll rip off your arm! Beat you with the stump.’ Abandoned by her terrorised mother at the age of six, Rosie Shadow will do anything to win the affection of her father Archie, an undead cannibal in charge of Her Majesty’s Prison Shortbury, now operating as a visitor attrac Whatcha crying for, sissy? Why don’t you grow a pair?’ Rosie says to her mother…‘Send me to school and I’ll rip off your arm! Beat you with the stump.’ Abandoned by her terrorised mother at the age of six, Rosie Shadow will do anything to win the affection of her father Archie, an undead cannibal in charge of Her Majesty’s Prison Shortbury, now operating as a visitor attraction. Clare is sent reeling into Archie’s arms with the grief of losing her boyfriend in a mysterious car accident when he collides with an ancient yew tree. The secrets in the Medieval dungeon beneath the prison are under threat when Clare becomes suspicious of Archie’s true identity and his progeny. Rosie Shadow is Book I in The Black Tongue Series.


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Whatcha crying for, sissy? Why don’t you grow a pair?’ Rosie says to her mother…‘Send me to school and I’ll rip off your arm! Beat you with the stump.’ Abandoned by her terrorised mother at the age of six, Rosie Shadow will do anything to win the affection of her father Archie, an undead cannibal in charge of Her Majesty’s Prison Shortbury, now operating as a visitor attrac Whatcha crying for, sissy? Why don’t you grow a pair?’ Rosie says to her mother…‘Send me to school and I’ll rip off your arm! Beat you with the stump.’ Abandoned by her terrorised mother at the age of six, Rosie Shadow will do anything to win the affection of her father Archie, an undead cannibal in charge of Her Majesty’s Prison Shortbury, now operating as a visitor attraction. Clare is sent reeling into Archie’s arms with the grief of losing her boyfriend in a mysterious car accident when he collides with an ancient yew tree. The secrets in the Medieval dungeon beneath the prison are under threat when Clare becomes suspicious of Archie’s true identity and his progeny. Rosie Shadow is Book I in The Black Tongue Series.

40 review for Rosie Shadow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deana The Queen

    I received an ARC of this book and am leaving a review voluntarily. Clare seems to have everything going for her: A beloved boyfriend in Lennie, an understanding boss, and a great job giving tours at Her Majesty’s Prison Shortbury, now a tourist attraction. But now Lennie is dead, killed in a bizarre car accident with an ancient yew tree. Clare’s world is further shattered when she finds Lennie has a six-year-old child - Rosie - whom he was visiting just before his accident. But Rosie isn’t just I received an ARC of this book and am leaving a review voluntarily. Clare seems to have everything going for her: A beloved boyfriend in Lennie, an understanding boss, and a great job giving tours at Her Majesty’s Prison Shortbury, now a tourist attraction. But now Lennie is dead, killed in a bizarre car accident with an ancient yew tree. Clare’s world is further shattered when she finds Lennie has a six-year-old child - Rosie - whom he was visiting just before his accident. But Rosie isn’t just any child. In fact, one can question whether Rosie Shadow is a child at all for evil flows through her veins. Instead of playing with dolls, she prefers to dig holes and bury herself until dirt seeps from her pores. She injures and insults and is fascinated by the Pagan yew tree where Lennie met his end. Destruction follows Rosie, and now Clare wonders if there is more to Lennie’s death than what she sees. This book is deliciously horrifying, disturbing, and unique, and I absolutely loved it. It’s truly different than anything else I’ve ever read, and I went through a decades-long horror phase. Author Louise Worthington has created quite a compelling tale with some vile antagonists. Rosie herself is a nightmare, and I’d love to know how Worthington came up with this character. Every scene with Rosie made me extremely uncomfortable and repulsed, which in my mind means Worthington achieved her goal. Clare is a great, strong character who goes through some seriously crazy stuff yet responds realistically in every situation. I admire Clare and love how how her story resolved itself, all things being equal. But the evil doesn’t stop with Rosie. Archie, Clare’s boss at the prison, happens to be an undead creature who keeps all of his secrets in the medieval dungeon located in Ward D beneath the prison. Archie is another one that’ll give you nightmares and set off your creep detector in a major way. What’s most disturbing about Worthington’s tale is that, on the surface, everything appears normal. Only in dark corners, alone with the nightmares, does the evil seep through. Overall this is an outstanding book, and I look forward to reading more from the author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Neats

    I'm just going to put it straight out there - 6 year old Rosie made my skin crawl and gave me a severe case of the heebie jeebies! What young child would threaten to rip off their mother's arm and beat them with the stump? It's not only what she says either. She likes to dig graves and bury herself in the garden, she has seemingly super human strength for a small child and she's definitely smarter than average. I'm getting the shivers just thinking about her again! Rosie's mum Elly is terrified o I'm just going to put it straight out there - 6 year old Rosie made my skin crawl and gave me a severe case of the heebie jeebies! What young child would threaten to rip off their mother's arm and beat them with the stump? It's not only what she says either. She likes to dig graves and bury herself in the garden, she has seemingly super human strength for a small child and she's definitely smarter than average. I'm getting the shivers just thinking about her again! Rosie's mum Elly is terrified of her child and so she reaches out for help but is it a case of too little too late? More worryingly, was Rosie responsible for what happened? Nearby at Shortbury Prison, Clare works as a guide at what is now a visitor's attraction. Giving tours around the former prison, Clare thinks she knows the full history of the building but her boss Archie knows much more about the place than he's letting on - and with good reason. He has a very dark secret, his life depends on him keeping it well hidden but could Clare have discovered what it is? Rosie Shadow is the kind of book that should be read whilst hiding behind the safety of a cushion and definitely not at night before you go to sleep! Rosie's character was reminiscent of Damien from The Omen books and just as, if not more horrifying and I was apprehensive every time her name appeared. There are a few places where you do have to suspend your belief, but isn't escapism why we read in the first place? Louise Worthington has written a compelling story full of strong, well developed characters that build a good foundation for the start of The Black Tongue Series. It's a series that I'll be watching out for in the future and if you enjoy horror / zombie novels I would recommend that you give this one a try.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Thank you to Helen Lewis of Literally Public Relations Ltd for sending me a free Advanced Review Copy of Rosie Shadow in return for an honest review. “At dawn, blackbirds and sparrows sing a love song to celebrate life from the top of the yew tree. The aubade is as sweet as Daddy’s lullaby to a baby. When darkness falls, the sound of a lonely owl spills through its branches, settling in the shadows at the base of the trunk where it shouldn’t travel any further.” So begins Rosie Shadow by Louise Wo Thank you to Helen Lewis of Literally Public Relations Ltd for sending me a free Advanced Review Copy of Rosie Shadow in return for an honest review. “At dawn, blackbirds and sparrows sing a love song to celebrate life from the top of the yew tree. The aubade is as sweet as Daddy’s lullaby to a baby. When darkness falls, the sound of a lonely owl spills through its branches, settling in the shadows at the base of the trunk where it shouldn’t travel any further.” So begins Rosie Shadow by Louise Worthington. This is the third book of Louise’s that I have read and as always, the writing is absolutely beautiful. It’s incredibly moving and full of evocative imagery, and very atmospheric throughout the book! Rosie Shadow is six years old, and her mother, Elly, isn’t coping well. Rosie is a strange and terrifying child — incredibly strong, enjoys killing animals and doesn’t listen to her mother. She is desperate to see her father, Archie — who runs tours at the local prison, Shortbury. Meanwhile, one of Archie’s employees, Clare, has just lost her boyfriend in a mysterious car accident. The main characters are incredibly well-written and relatable too. Clare is mourning the death of her ex-boyfriend and the descriptions are spot on. Clare moves back back to her parents home while she tries to come to terms with his loss. I found these scenes and descriptions so moving and related closely to my own experiences of loss. She is also struggling to figure out what to do with her life, as she is currently failing her masters — and again, this is brilliantly written. In addition, I really enjoyed learning how Elly, Clare and Rosie are all connected as the book progresses. The story is absolutely terrifying — Rosie is utterly chilling! The more supernatural elements are written so well too, and Louise makes it very believable! As well as killing animals such as birds and dogs, Rosie also enjoys digging in the garden and burying herself. Every scene with her made me feel quite disturbed and uncomfortable. There are a few awful murders too and I think I will be remembering the bees for quite some time (probably my worst nightmare!). I really felt for both Elly, Marie and Annie, who all care for Rosie and desperately try to help her. At the beginning on the surface it all seems quite normal and it’s only as the story progresses that the darker, supernatural elements come out — which I absolutely loved. Rosie Shadow is incredibly unique and very original. It’s incredibly disturbing and hard to read at times — and the writing is fantastic! It’s definitely a must-read for fans of horror, and is one of the best horror books I’ve read. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Steven Montano

    DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If there's one thing Rosie Shadow has going for it, it's originality: this is easily the most unorthodox zombie story I've ever read. Unfortunately, in it's effort to be something unusual and different, this book ends up feeling padded and unnecessarily drawn out. The tale of a strange little girl who may or may not be a rampaging monster and the secret zombie who is feeding on innocent women sounds like it should b DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If there's one thing Rosie Shadow has going for it, it's originality: this is easily the most unorthodox zombie story I've ever read. Unfortunately, in it's effort to be something unusual and different, this book ends up feeling padded and unnecessarily drawn out. The tale of a strange little girl who may or may not be a rampaging monster and the secret zombie who is feeding on innocent women sounds like it should be very intriguing, but the plot is, sadly, the least engaging part of the novel. That being said, characterization and dialogue are two of the author's strong suits, and our antagonists (particularly Bella) are extremely well fleshed out, so much so that I found myself more engaged with this young woman's attempts to cope with a terrible loss and reconcile life with her parents and her (very relatable) best friend Elizabeth than I was with the tale of the creepy prison and the secrets held within. This is one of those cases where I felt like some incredibly likable characters had maybe been stuck in the wrong story. Pacing is also a bit of an issue, and some plot revelations are dumped on our heads so out of nowhere it almost felt as if another writer had bumped in about a quarter of the way through and seized control of the proceedings. But, back on the positive end, the author is extremely adept at creating a moody atmosphere and detailing the creepy surroundings, and her sense of description if palpable, particularly when things turn gruesome. All in all, this one was a bit of a mixed bag for me: plenty to like, but overall the novel felt like it wanted to be something it really never became. I would love to experience more of the author's finely developed characters, but preferably in a story that seems more suited for them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    Rosie Shadow By Louise Worthington “A young man inhales and exhales his last breaths. Drowning is the one certainty he has. He carries nothing but the bruises of sadness and stones”. 3/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I received this book in return for a honest review. Rosie Shadow reminded me of a typical zombie movie - it’s entertaining, it’s gory as hell, not too complex and an easy watch. The premise is a mother struggling to live with her daughter who she believes is evil while an undead cannibal is attempting t Rosie Shadow By Louise Worthington “A young man inhales and exhales his last breaths. Drowning is the one certainty he has. He carries nothing but the bruises of sadness and stones”. 3/5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I received this book in return for a honest review. Rosie Shadow reminded me of a typical zombie movie - it’s entertaining, it’s gory as hell, not too complex and an easy watch. The premise is a mother struggling to live with her daughter who she believes is evil while an undead cannibal is attempting to capture and feed off local women. The character development and dialogue are great. I felt invested in the character’s plight and wanted to know what happened next. The struggles of Rosie’s mother were written well and I was rooting for her throughout. Clare’s grief was palatable and real and she made a great protagonist. The pacing seemed off at times and I wanted certain bits of the book to slow down and give me time to adjust to new information or plot twists. I needed more time with Clare and Archie’s relationship as their story arc happened so fast and out of the blue that it seemed unreal and I couldn’t invest anything in it. I also felt the two major end scenes were over very quickly. I wanted to know more! All in all I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for horror and zombie fans that fancy a nice simple gore-fest. Thank you to @netgalley and Red Escape Publishing for this #arcbook. It will be published on 1st March. my bookstagram

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karen Mace

    Holy Moly!!! Where to even begin?! Other than you need to read this in the daytime, and steer clear of creepy kids FOREVER!!! My chills were chilled constantly throughout this book and I've still got some images in my head that I really wish weren't in there after reading this!! But it seems I like to be scared witless as I couldn't put it down!! The characters are so compelling, and weird!, that you just want to know all you can about them and see if you can work out just how the story would pl Holy Moly!!! Where to even begin?! Other than you need to read this in the daytime, and steer clear of creepy kids FOREVER!!! My chills were chilled constantly throughout this book and I've still got some images in my head that I really wish weren't in there after reading this!! But it seems I like to be scared witless as I couldn't put it down!! The characters are so compelling, and weird!, that you just want to know all you can about them and see if you can work out just how the story would play out... it didn't go as I imagined!! The book starts off fairly tamely with a young mother not coping too well with her demanding child! Rosie is 6 and still being breastfed, and rules the roost over her poor mother Elly. When Lennie finds out he's Rosie's dad, he goes for a visit... Rosie doesn't take well to this 'man'.... The story also adds into the mix the old prison, where Clare takes visitors for tours and works for Archie, who is one of those characters that makes your skin crawl instantly! Rosie is the creepiest, freakiest child you are ever likely to meet! You feel nothing but sympathy for her mum who has to endure horrific treatment and witness her outbursts. But there are chilling characters galore throughout the book, and just when you think you're horrified enough, there's another twist to the tale that leaves you slightly more sickened than before! This was a story that was utterly unique and enthralling in its' own weird way!! It was creepy AF and I'm eager for more from this series!! What does that say about me?! I'm slightly concerned LOL!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lyndi

    What do a horrifyingly creepy 6-year-old girl and her terrorized mother have to do with a prison built on a medieval dungeon site and an ancient yew tree rumored to be part of the pagan religion? Read this terrifying thriller to find out! I was both fascinated and disgusted by Rosie and felt pity for her poor mother who only feels horror instead of love for her child. The prison site now used as a tourist attraction was just downright creepy. Great job with the ominous cover art that drew me in! What do a horrifyingly creepy 6-year-old girl and her terrorized mother have to do with a prison built on a medieval dungeon site and an ancient yew tree rumored to be part of the pagan religion? Read this terrifying thriller to find out! I was both fascinated and disgusted by Rosie and felt pity for her poor mother who only feels horror instead of love for her child. The prison site now used as a tourist attraction was just downright creepy. Great job with the ominous cover art that drew me in! I received a free copy of this book through BookSirens. The views and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own and given voluntarily.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Owen Hollifield

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and I have to say I loved it. A unique story and interesting characters make this a creepy page turner. Little Rosie is easily one of the best horror characters to come along in a great while and I can see her becoming a real anti hero in books to come.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Louise Gray

    This is an extremely original premise and that sense of difference flows through to the characters and how they relate to one another. The author does a great job in painting a vivid picture of the setting for this book. I found myself liking characters that perhaps should not have been so appealing. The pace was a bit mixed - sometimes it seemed to drag while at others I could barely keep track of the twists and turns. Overall, I recommend this book and suspect the next book will be even better This is an extremely original premise and that sense of difference flows through to the characters and how they relate to one another. The author does a great job in painting a vivid picture of the setting for this book. I found myself liking characters that perhaps should not have been so appealing. The pace was a bit mixed - sometimes it seemed to drag while at others I could barely keep track of the twists and turns. Overall, I recommend this book and suspect the next book will be even better.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hunt

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Rosie is evil. Quite an original and novel twist on undead tales. This is a good paced book which gets under your skin. Certainly not for the faint hearted. Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it for readers of this type of book. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Helen Lewis

    Brilliant book by a female horror writer

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dorey

    Thank you to the publisher for an ARC copy of Rosie Shadow. I'm usually easily bored by zombie rhetoric but Rosie was horrifyingly creepy enough to keep me turning the pages. I really liked (Is like the right word for a child not even a mother could love?) Rosie, but felt the story line fell a bit flat. It was an easy read though, with some great characters. Thank you to the publisher for an ARC copy of Rosie Shadow. I'm usually easily bored by zombie rhetoric but Rosie was horrifyingly creepy enough to keep me turning the pages. I really liked (Is like the right word for a child not even a mother could love?) Rosie, but felt the story line fell a bit flat. It was an easy read though, with some great characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    Omg - Rosie Shadow is one hell of a dark, spine chilling story that is narrated from the perspectives of numerous vivid characters including Claire, Rosie's mother Elly, Archie, Annie and Rosie. The child could have been the twin sister of Damien from the Omen films,she was pure evil in the guise of a six year old girl. She gave me the creeps every time she appeared throughout the book because her behaviour was so unpredictable,you had no idea what she was going to do next. Archie was also a cha Omg - Rosie Shadow is one hell of a dark, spine chilling story that is narrated from the perspectives of numerous vivid characters including Claire, Rosie's mother Elly, Archie, Annie and Rosie. The child could have been the twin sister of Damien from the Omen films,she was pure evil in the guise of a six year old girl. She gave me the creeps every time she appeared throughout the book because her behaviour was so unpredictable,you had no idea what she was going to do next. Archie was also a character who's behaviour made my skin crawl and I didn't like Trevor very much either. Throughout history there has been battles between the forces of good and evil and the representatives of good in this book were two feisty heroines called Claire and Annie. Claire was struggling to keep on top of her studies at University and also worked as a tour guide at Shortbury prison which was where Archie also worked. She was also struggling with her overwhelming feelings of grief and anger after the death of her boyfriend in a tragic accident near a ancient,monolith of a yew tree that grew at the side of the road into Shortbury. But she soon had cause to compartmentalize her feelings when she found herself caught up in living nightmare of death,ancient evil and horror. I really liked Claire, I also liked and felt a lot of sympathy for Annie, I could fully under her actions even though I knew they were morally wrong and went against everything that the word parent stands for. I also liked Detective Inspector Sheila Burns and her interactions with her work colleague Constable Webb, I loved the banter between them and how it added comedy relief to counter balance the dark and sinister atmosphere of the story. The contrasts between the many sides of mother nature played a major part in the plot of this enthralling story. The symbolism between the beauty of the flowers that grew in Annie's garden and the pure evil that resided in Rosie's soul. The innocent looking ancient yew tree that was a character in it's own right and harboured dark secrets within it's roots Rosie Shadow is a extremely well written, spine chilling, addictive read that had me captivated from the first page and glued to my kindle. It's perfectly paced,beautifully descriptive and had a cast of vivid, realistic characters. I would love to watch a film adaptation of this brilliant book. Worth all the stars and more and very very highly recommended

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I vacillated between giving this three or four stars, and ended up edging towards the three more, so am giving it a 3.5 stars. This book had so much promise, but it unfortunately fell flat in many ways. I enjoyed the idea of the book, it was an interesting premise and definitely had the potential to be better. I didn't feel myself identifying with too many of the characters, and I don't think the main characters we I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. I vacillated between giving this three or four stars, and ended up edging towards the three more, so am giving it a 3.5 stars. This book had so much promise, but it unfortunately fell flat in many ways. I enjoyed the idea of the book, it was an interesting premise and definitely had the potential to be better. I didn't feel myself identifying with too many of the characters, and I don't think the main characters were developed enough, nor were their relationships. A lot of the times a felt like a shot in the dark that missed the intended 'target'. Archie and Clare could have had more, as it didn't even feel like a rebound, it just felt contrived so that it would fit in with the plot. I also believe that Lennie needed more 'screen' time, so that we could experience what the titular character felt. I would rather have learnt more about the why, than the what in this book as that also seems slapped together to fit the plot. Definitely gory in places, so if you are squeamish, there are parts that you might need to skim read, however it wasn't scary for me, and at one point (I think around 45%) I was struggling with the book and it was irritating me as a lot was happening, but at the same time not much was actually happening. The ending seemed rushed to me, the two or three main events in the story, and I would have liked a bit more to sink my teeth into in that regard. Overall, it was engaging, most of the time. So if you enjoy an undulating type of read, with a good idea behind it, then you should read this. Again, as with my other reviews, read what other people say and then make up your mind as to whether you will, or will not, read this.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Rosie Shadow, with a blurb that promises creepy delights, is just the kind of horror book that does exactly what it says on the tin. It starts with an off-kilter family reunion that introduces us the the fearsome Rosie and her terrorised mother, Elly, and proceeds via a car accident that results in the death of poor unsuspecting Lennie, to set the scene nicely for the nightmarish goings on that follow. Throw in Lennie's grieving girlfriend, Clare, firmly in the sights of undead cannibal Archie; a Rosie Shadow, with a blurb that promises creepy delights, is just the kind of horror book that does exactly what it says on the tin. It starts with an off-kilter family reunion that introduces us the the fearsome Rosie and her terrorised mother, Elly, and proceeds via a car accident that results in the death of poor unsuspecting Lennie, to set the scene nicely for the nightmarish goings on that follow. Throw in Lennie's grieving girlfriend, Clare, firmly in the sights of undead cannibal Archie; an abandoned prison complete with Medieval dungeon that acts as both torture chamber and larder; a malevolent, ancient yew tree that it is very unhealthy to be around; a few weirdoes of the human kind; and a host of do-gooders who are slow to recognise evil when they see it, and you have the makings of a cracking horror tale that that will keep you up at night. A sense of dread pervades the whole stomach churning story, and you cannot shake the feeling that no one is going to come out of this tale of evil unscathed. Louise Worthington uses the theme of creatures from your nightmares which sustain themselves by feeding off the weak rather well in this book, and mixing in a few corrupt predators of both the supernatural and human kind proves to be a clever and winning combination - especially when set against the pitch perfect background of a location that has long been the stamping ground of the sinful and the unhinged. There are definite shades of The Omen, The Exorcist and many of Stephen Kings dark tales in this book, and it comes with the requisite unsettling ending that draws you inexorably towards the next instalment in the series - which I am looking forward to immensely. Here, there be monsters... and it was lots of fun reading about them!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Phillips

    Horror isn't a genre that I read a lot of, I am more a psychological thriller kind of person, but I really wanted to branch out this year and it sure has paid off. I couldn't put this book down and read it in less than 24 hours. Elly Shadow is mother to six-year-old Rosie, a child who isn't quite normal. Lennie believes that he is Rosie's father and Elly keeps him away from Rosie until her sixth birthday. When Lennie visits her for this first time, he realises just how strange this little girl is Horror isn't a genre that I read a lot of, I am more a psychological thriller kind of person, but I really wanted to branch out this year and it sure has paid off. I couldn't put this book down and read it in less than 24 hours. Elly Shadow is mother to six-year-old Rosie, a child who isn't quite normal. Lennie believes that he is Rosie's father and Elly keeps him away from Rosie until her sixth birthday. When Lennie visits her for this first time, he realises just how strange this little girl is. Rosie does not care for him either and is angry at him being there. When leaving the house, Lennie, who is usually very safe, crashes into an old yew tree and dies on impact. Did Rosie cause this? We discover that a woman is thought to have died there recently but her body was never found. This old yew tree has great significance. The story then follows both Rosie and Lennie's partner of three years, Clare, who is a university student and also works as a guide at an old prison that is now used for tours. After Lennie's death, Clare's manager Archie takes a real interest in her. He isn't who he claims to be. What is his connection to Rosie? And will Clare find out the truth? Honestly, this book has the most grotesque descriptions. It follows themes of the undead and cannibalism. You do need to suspend belief and it gives me American Horror Story vibes. There is a lot of creepy, tense build up, especially regarding Rosie, and you are desperate to get to the crux of the story. I loved the scenes from the prison and I felt like I was transported there. Rosie Shadow is the first book in the Black Tongue series and I am definitely interested in seeing what comes next.

  17. 5 out of 5

    The Book Gawdess

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily... Rosie Shadow focused on Rosie who is a terrifying six year old girl whose hobbies are digging pretend graves for herself and terrorizing her mother. Rosie badly wants to live with her father, Archie, an undead cannibal who's in charge of Her Majesty's Prison Shortbury, an old prison which is now a tourist attraction. Clare, who works with Archie, lost her boyfriend and is sent in Archie's arms due to the grief I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily... Rosie Shadow focused on Rosie who is a terrifying six year old girl whose hobbies are digging pretend graves for herself and terrorizing her mother. Rosie badly wants to live with her father, Archie, an undead cannibal who's in charge of Her Majesty's Prison Shortbury, an old prison which is now a tourist attraction. Clare, who works with Archie, lost her boyfriend and is sent in Archie's arms due to the grief. However, Clare soon becomes suspicious of Archie and his activities at the prison... I enjoyed this story from the first page. That says a lot because I generally don't really like zombie stories. However, the writing drew me in instantly and the story had a gothic old time feel that I adored. Rosie was totally repulsive. The author did an amazing job at making me detest her from the beginning. I was actually amazed by the fact that Elly was the only one who found her more than a bit odd. Her tongue alone would have been a sign for me. Clare was, on the other hand, completely likable. I found myself wondering what happened after the story ended especially considering something Rosie mentioned. The book itself moved at a good pace and the story was quite interesting. It was quite gory in some parts because it's a zombie story after all so keep that in mind if you decide to try it yourself. It was so good I chose to try another book by this author, Willow Weeps, and so far I'm not regretting it (look out for that review soon). This book is for adults and even then I would suggest some caution due to the extremely horrific scenes within. There is also some sexual content

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gemma The BookCosy

    Rosie Shadow, a six year old, is out of control according to her mother. She won't go to school, stays up until the wee hours and is violent towards her mother. But surely it can't be the child's fault it must be her upbringing? Right? Think again. Rosie has immense strength, both physical and mental, she has an insatiable appetite and likes to dig graves in the garden. Her strange behaviour and aggression towards her mother has meant Elly is a shadow of her former self, she is literally terrifi Rosie Shadow, a six year old, is out of control according to her mother. She won't go to school, stays up until the wee hours and is violent towards her mother. But surely it can't be the child's fault it must be her upbringing? Right? Think again. Rosie has immense strength, both physical and mental, she has an insatiable appetite and likes to dig graves in the garden. Her strange behaviour and aggression towards her mother has meant Elly is a shadow of her former self, she is literally terrified of what her daughter will do next. This fascinating storyline makes no excuses for Rosie's behaviour and leaves you dreading what she is capable of doing next and to who. I had goosebumps reading the chapters dedicated to Rosie and my heart was beating rapidly in anticipation of what was to come. I felt so much sympathy for Elly and could see how trapped and torn she was. Clare is grieving from the sudden death of her partner and trying to hold it all together. Working as a tourist guide she finds herself drawn to her boss Archie. However, things are not quite as they seem. This creepy, gut-wrenching novel is both disturbing and addictive. It was quite the page-turner. It shocked, disgusted me, drew me in with its broad mix of characters and terrified me all at the same time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Asa Icy

    The most detailed writing revolved around the prison and tours, which was great reading. I really would have liked more history on Archie and Trevor and the tree - I especially have SO many questions about Trevor and the tree. Annie and Floss were the landslide favourites. The characters and plot felt alternatively rushed and lost at times when edgy scenes took priority... this wasn't a story I fell into and "lived" but one that I stayed disconnected from and merely read. Because it lacked that The most detailed writing revolved around the prison and tours, which was great reading. I really would have liked more history on Archie and Trevor and the tree - I especially have SO many questions about Trevor and the tree. Annie and Floss were the landslide favourites. The characters and plot felt alternatively rushed and lost at times when edgy scenes took priority... this wasn't a story I fell into and "lived" but one that I stayed disconnected from and merely read. Because it lacked that all-encompassing engagement, I wasn't as motivated to read it and what would have been a quick "devour in one sitting" read was stretched out into a few days. Overall, it was an intriguing story with a lot of great ideas but missing backstories and depth on some crucial elements. *This review is my honest opinion, voluntarily provided after reading a free ARC from BookSirens*

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This is like nothing I’ve read before. What starts as what you think will be “just” a thrilling story; changes dramatically, and you will feel  the chills run through you, making the hairs stand up on your skin, and give you goosebumps  on your goosebumps. I became very quickly involved in the storyline and the authors words, and I read this in a day because I just had to get to the end. I couldn’t see how Clare could get herself  out of what she was getting deeper and deeper into. This is creepie This is like nothing I’ve read before. What starts as what you think will be “just” a thrilling story; changes dramatically, and you will feel  the chills run through you, making the hairs stand up on your skin, and give you goosebumps  on your goosebumps. I became very quickly involved in the storyline and the authors words, and I read this in a day because I just had to get to the end. I couldn’t see how Clare could get herself  out of what she was getting deeper and deeper into. This is creepier than creepy and the sort of storyline that makes for a brilliant scary movie. I would so love to read a sequel to this as I felt the story could go further. But that’s just me wanting that little bit more! Just brilliant!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Payal

    This was a strange book, a whole lot of promise, but fizzled out in the end. Mostly, it was rather bizarre in the pacing. The stuff alluded to in the blurb came around halfway through, and by that point, the story was already meandering. The creepy quotient was fantastic, and Rosie was delightfully horrifying, disgusting, scary. But almost nothing happened in the first half, and then everything exploded in the second in a way that I found difficult to get my head around. I was also unable to und This was a strange book, a whole lot of promise, but fizzled out in the end. Mostly, it was rather bizarre in the pacing. The stuff alluded to in the blurb came around halfway through, and by that point, the story was already meandering. The creepy quotient was fantastic, and Rosie was delightfully horrifying, disgusting, scary. But almost nothing happened in the first half, and then everything exploded in the second in a way that I found difficult to get my head around. I was also unable to understand why the dead guy's girlfriend ended up sleeping with her undead boss, even though she was still grieving, and she didn't even like him. (Review copy from NetGalley)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carol Ball

    Wow - what a fabulous book. Well written, easy to follow. Characters are relatable and you can imagine the horror they feel. Rosie’s character is both brilliant and revolting. Brilliant story line with some very deep psychological and pathological issues explored. I don’t usually read psychological thrillers/books as the stories are so far fetched - but while this is repulsive it is compulsive reading. If you like supernatural, gore and general weirdness this is a book for you. Absolutely loved th Wow - what a fabulous book. Well written, easy to follow. Characters are relatable and you can imagine the horror they feel. Rosie’s character is both brilliant and revolting. Brilliant story line with some very deep psychological and pathological issues explored. I don’t usually read psychological thrillers/books as the stories are so far fetched - but while this is repulsive it is compulsive reading. If you like supernatural, gore and general weirdness this is a book for you. Absolutely loved this book. Great author, well written and I would definitely seek out other books by this author. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nigel

    Rosie is one creepy kid, so vile her own mother abandons her! I loved the Gothic atmosphere and the original story-line set around a prison operating as a visitor attraction, with a Medieval dungeon beneath its walls where Rosie's father dines on corpses. The characters are well-drawn, too. I will definitely be looking out for the second book in the series when it comes out. Thank you to Red Escape Publishing for an ARC. Rosie is one creepy kid, so vile her own mother abandons her! I loved the Gothic atmosphere and the original story-line set around a prison operating as a visitor attraction, with a Medieval dungeon beneath its walls where Rosie's father dines on corpses. The characters are well-drawn, too. I will definitely be looking out for the second book in the series when it comes out. Thank you to Red Escape Publishing for an ARC.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Musing of Souls

    -Horror -Zombie -Six-Year Old -Deadly Tree -Mysteries It was a deadly horrific book! (In a horror good way). the creepiest elements went under my skin and tinged my heart. Heh. I read it at midnight sometimes and no no don't do that. A longer version of the review is on website! -Horror -Zombie -Six-Year Old -Deadly Tree -Mysteries It was a deadly horrific book! (In a horror good way). the creepiest elements went under my skin and tinged my heart. Heh. I read it at midnight sometimes and no no don't do that. A longer version of the review is on website!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I enjoyed this horror story. The premise is original and the book has lots of twists and turns. Sometimes I found the storyline dragged a bit, but overall a great story. I would recommend it if you enjoy horror. i received this book for free and I am voluntarily leaving my review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charles Davis

    This kind of talent should not just be limited here. The way you arranged the stories is quite amazing. Why don't you join NovelStar's writing competition? This kind of talent should not just be limited here. The way you arranged the stories is quite amazing. Why don't you join NovelStar's writing competition?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joe Anderson

    Please publish your work on NovelStar. For sure a lot of readers will love your work. There are also a lot of talented writers in the platform that you might want to work with.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thieving Magpie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robin Barber

  30. 5 out of 5

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  31. 4 out of 5

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  32. 5 out of 5

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  33. 4 out of 5

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  34. 5 out of 5

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  35. 5 out of 5

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  36. 5 out of 5

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  37. 5 out of 5

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  38. 5 out of 5

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  39. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Miles

  40. 5 out of 5

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