Blackstoke by Rob Parker

The Blurb


In a quiet cul-de-sac on the newly-opened, much sought-after Blackstoke housing development, the first handful of families are moving in. These neighbours, thrown together for the first time, are looking forward to settling into their bright new lives—with varying degrees of enthusiasm. The estate couldn’t be nicer, but it’s a big change for everyone. 

Then things start to happen. Bad things. As if something doesn’t want them there. 

As the new residents try to make sense of events, the buried history of the area makes itself suddenly, deeply apparent—with a series of shocking, violent escalations. 

Soon, no one is safe, as the original powers of Blackstoke return to reclaim their territory and birth right in a final night of dark revelations, gore and bloodshed. 

 The Author

Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in Warrington, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken thrillers, Crook’s Hollow and the #1 Audible bestseller Far From The Tree, he enjoys a rural life, writing horrible things between school runs. Rob writes full time, attends various author events across the UK, and boxes regularly for charity. He spends a lot of time in schools across the North, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative-writing, and somehow squeezes in time to co-host the For Your Reconsideration film podcast, appear regularly on The Blood Brothers Crime Podcast, and is a member of the Northern Crime Syndicate.

The Review

WOW!! This book blew me away.

I have always loved horror and how it confronts the deepest darkest fears, embedded in us all. This book meets and exceeds the genre, because it examines as all the best horrors do, people. The who, the why.

It harks for me to the days of James Herbert and Stephen King who always looked not just at the gore and fears we all have, but about taking a person, and making them an unlikely hero. Except he’s not Herbert or King, because Parker makes the beautifully fearsome trio and stands alone.

The book crosses genre in an extremely clever way more than once. Yet, it’s utterly seamless.

I read it in one sitting, in the dark, by candlelight. And that was because I had a powercut. However, the writing is so chilling, yet so filled with hope for the characters that while having moments of, is reading this now a good idea? I carried on, because I was rooting for the characters and could visualise them totally.

Some writers explore a new genre and it really doesn’t work at all. Some smash it out of the park (into a dark wood!) and they make you want the next book badly.

Absolutely brilliant stuff, Rob Parker! If I could go higher than 5 stars I would and I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys horror and edgy crime and more importantly things about people.

Thanks for the ARC to Rob Parker and Red Dog Press.


Published by Books’n’banter

Hi and welcome to my new blog. I’m reading and reviewing the books I read, after a long break I realised just how much I missed reviewing. I’ve been a voracious reader since childhood and I don’t imagine that changing. 
If you would like me to read and review a book you’re bringing out, please feel free to contact me. If it’s not my type of book I won’t waste your time by agreeing. I don’t promise 5 star reviews, and I know authors do appreciate feedback , but I can only promise an honest review. 
 Genres I love include crime, thriller, tartan noir is a stand out favourite. I do also enjoy horror, and other fiction/non fiction as they take my fancy. 
Please feel free to tell me if you have any recommendations for books to read whether they are already out or just about to. Reviews will be published on Twitter and Goodreads. Contact me here on the blog or email me at 
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for visiting! Angi 

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