Beautiful places hide dark secrets …
Devon’s very own crime writer L.V Hay (The Other Twin, Do No Harm) brings forth three new short stories from her dark mind and poison pen:
– For kidnapped Meg and her young son Danny, In Plain Sight, the remote headland above Lynmouth is not a haven, but hell.
– A summer of fun for Catherine in Killing Me Softly becomes a winter of discontent … and death.
– In Hell And High Water, a last minute holiday for Naomi and baby Tommy becomes a survival situation … But that’s before the village floods.
All taking place out of season when the majority of tourists have gone home, L.V Hay uses her local knowledge to bring forth dark and claustrophic noir she has come to be known for.
What I Thought:
For such a slim volume (only 35 pages) The Lynmouth Stories sure does pack a punch, with the three stories within showing the darker side of a popular and seemingly innocent holiday location. We all know that seaside resorts are different places out of season, but in this book Lynmouth is a very dark place!
I’ve visited Lynmouth in the summer and it’s a lovely place, awash with tourists and sunshine, so the Lynmouth that L. V. Hay presents is almost like ‘The Upside Down’ in Stranger Things – recognisable to visitors, but with a touch of menace. It’s superbly done and also manages to touch upon the tragic history of the town, all as part of the story.
I think my favourite of the stories was Hell and High Water – it was packed with details of the town’s history, but it is still tense and offers an incredibly satisfying ending.
I can’t go into much more detail without spoilers, but I’ll finish by saying that this volume is a great introduction to a beautiful part of the world, and to L. V. Hay’s writing – I’ll definitely be looking for more from her.
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