Monday 13 June 2022

Book Review: The Gypsies by T.C. Hillier (Supernatural Horror)

Title: The Gypsies
Author: T.C Hillier
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 193
Format: Paperback
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Source: Review Copy from Author

Rebecca would do anything to give her son Sam a good life. A safe life. One without violence, heartache and fear. They’d been down that road, and she was determined never to return there. She was succeeding at turning their lives into peaceful normality, until one fateful afternoon took them right back to that world. The gypsies, four sisters belonging to the Persi tribe, have come to town to feast. Unfortunately for Rebecca, children are what they came to town for. This horrific novella is the fourth from T. C. Hillier. Proceed with caution.


I should state first off that, while I had a Stephen King phase in my early teens, it's been a while since I really read much horror. These days it's not my preferred genre; however, when I got to know the author and she offered me the chance to read her work, I decided to give it a go. On the plus side, The Gypsies has an interesting premise. Hillier set up Rebecca and Sam's backstory well from the start, so I was engaged in their struggles throughout the book. You can sense the influence of Stephen King on the author, but the work still comes across as original. Where this book struggled a little was in the prose, where there were some punctuation, grammar and style issues. They were all minor taken individually, but they were frequent, and the book just needs a good edit to lift it clear of those problems. Overall, I am giving this 3.5 stars. The story concept is solid, and with some editing advice the author could easily improve their prose to match that.

I received this book as a free review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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