The story focuses on the character of Amy, who is sent off to a boarding school after a strange occurrence happens at home. It soon starts to pick up pace from there, as more mysterious events occur within the school. She soon learns about the unique characteristics of the girls in the school. Then when things take a mysterious twist, it is up to Amy to solve the mystery surrounding a conspiracy within the school.
This novel seems very different to Kim Newman's other novels, seeming more of a thriller than an overall horror novel. The suspense that Newman creates allows for the pages to turn effortlessly. Some characters are more developed than others, but here, instead, he focuses on the mysteries in the plot, which actually enhances the novel. The author has always known the correct balance between character development and a suspenseful plot. He manages to yet again show why he is regarded as a master within the genre.
This novel is a nice one-off quick read for of fantasy elements with a thrilling plot. It will also serve as a good starting point for people interested in Newman’s work. The book is simple enough to get into and with only 400 pages, it can be a quick read before moving onto Kim Newman’s other critically acclaimed novels and series. Full of mysterious events and likeable characters, a must read for fans of many genres.
THE SECRETS OF DREARCLIFF GRANGE SCHOOL / AUTHOR: KIM NEWMAN / PUBLISHER: TITAN BOOKS / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 23RD