Clayton and Avril Shaw have lost their little boy and are still grieving when they move into Swallow’s Nest on the Yorkshire moors. In their new house, Avril discovers a painting and is intrigued by the history surrounding it. When she learns that the boy in the painting was deaf, like her dead son, she starts to try and communicate with his ghost.
Meanwhile Clayton finds himself entangled in an equally undesirable friendship with a retired fire chief who knows more about the painting than he’s prepared to let on. Is The Crying Boy painting cursed and can numerous house fires be linked to it? Struggling with their unstable marriage, the couple find themselves in further danger as an increasingly disturbing bond develops between Avril and The Crying Boy.
Holy flying Scotsman, what the heck was that?!
Really, there’s only one word that applies to this book and it’s “creepy”. Creeeeeeepy! The stuff of nightmares!
My in-laws used to have this painting on the wall in their living room. Even then, it freaked me out and I didn’t even know the story behind it back then. And no, before you ask, their house never burnt down.
I’d like to say that in the spirit of broadening my horizon, I picked up this book because I’m not normally interested in the paranormal or supernatural (unless it involves the Winchester brothers) but I’d be lying. The truth is, I kept seeing the cover pop up on my twitter timeline and I couldn’t forget about it. Then when I realised it was a “thriller”, I was too intrigued for my own good. So I had absolutely no idea what the book was about and I’m glad I didn’t.
Clayton and Avril move to Swallow’s Nest on the Yorkshire moors after the death of their son. They find a painting that looks remarkably like their little boy. But this painting of The Crying Boy is nothing like any other painting. It is steeped in mystery and believed to be cursed.
The painting itself kicks off the book by relaying events through its own eyes, so to speak. Did I mention creepy? What a way to hook a reader! I would have loved to have seen more chapters like that one. As it is, it set the tone perfectly for what lay ahead.
This is one nailbiting read, where the action builds up from first page to last. I wondered what was going on and I couldn’t quite figure out how things would end up. And … well, if that ending doesn’t shock you to the core, then there’s no hope for you!
A dark and disturbing book, with the Yorkshire moors providing the perfect setting. Chilling, creepy, absolutely brilliant! I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on Jane E. James!
The Crying Boy was published in March 2017.