Written by: Vitina Molgaard
“Come now, don’t be so squeamish, Tom. Life, death, rebirth. We’re all one and the same out here in nature, you know. We’re like the roots of the trees, joined together, life and death cycles, with one feeding the other through all eternity…” Holly from The Jack in the Green
Frazer Lee’s soon to be released story The Jack in the Green recently hit the mailbox for review consideration. Having never experienced his work, I welcomed an adventure into Lee’s latest novel and found an intriguing tale filled with genuine horror and a plot that explores some very dark territory. So come along and join me, because this one gets a bit intense.
Meet Tom McCrae, a man in his mid-thirties who at six year’s old witnessed an unspeakable crime, one that left him an orphan and brought on terrifying nightmares that continue to plague his life. Our man is working at a profitable, but ethically questionable job. This company sends him off to a village located in a remote area of Scotland, named Douglass. Tom is placed there to complete a land grab, something which does not bother him even though he knows how it will affect the community. He is there in the hopes that this will open enough doors and create enough new opportunities to change his miserable life. Changes definitely come his way.
A slew of unique characters affect his day to day life as he invests his time in attempt to climb the career ladder. He will meet up with Holly, a woman that captures the essence of his soul, while introducing him to ancient pagan rituals. A number of property owners also play pivotal roles, as they become key factors in his job and hopeful professional ascension. Unfortunately Tom’s continued nightmares have begun to mix into his waking hours and he finds himself discovering dark truths behind the villagers’ belief’s and their connection to the one known as Jack in the Green.
This book is definitely a horror story with more than enough gore to please the reader but not overwhelm them. Lee starts this story off with at a slow trot but eventually builds into quite a fever pitch of violence and activity. Being a fan of the subtler, psychological horror stories did not interfere with my feelings about the eventual outpouring of violent behavior here. I found myself completely wrapped up in this one, eager to reach conclusion and receive a few answers to my mounting questions. With a fine razor edge twist, Lee carries this story into a fully fleshed out novel.
Satisfaction is found within this read. So when all is said and done I am highly recommending this one. Be ready for what you really aren’t ready for. Whatever you do, do not read the ending first. Open this and enjoy.
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