The Owlmen by S. E. England

September 6th, 2018 Kimberly Review 27 Comments

6th Sep
The Owlmen by S. E. England
The Owlmen
by S. E. England
Narrator: Henrietta Meire
Length: 7 hours and 56 minutes
Genres: Horror
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Ellie Blake is recovering from a mental breakdown. Deciding to move back to her northern roots, she and her psychiatrist husband buy Tanners Dell at auction - an old water mill in the moorland village of Bridesmoor.

However, there is disquiet in the village. Tanners Dell has a terrible secret, one so well guarded no one speaks its name. But in her search for meaning and very much alone, Ellie is drawn to traditional witchcraft and determined to pursue it. All her life she has been cowed. All her life she has apologised for her very existence. And witchcraft has opened a door she could never have imagined. Imbued with power and overawed with its magick, for the first time she feels she has come home, truly knows who she is.

Tanners Dell though, with its centuries old demonic history...well, it's a dangerous place for a novice...

mystery paranormal Scary thriller

The Owlmen: If They See You They Will Come For You by S. E. England was an atmospheric tale that will keep its audience on edge. Narrated by Henrietta Meire I quickly found myself caught up in Ellie Blake’s story as it unfolds just outside the moorland village of Bridesmoor.

After suffering a mental breakdown, Ellie and her psychiatrist husband purchase Tanners Dell at auction. It’s an old water-mill in the moorland village of Bridesmoor, close to her ancestral roots. While he works in the nearby village, she deals with the contractors as they renovate their new home.

The tale is atmospheric and full of creeptastic suspense that sent shivers down my spine. While, admittedly I didn’t warm up to the characters, I did quickly slip into the tale with its secrets and ominous tones. Tanners Dell has a strange and disturbing history.  Ellie spends long hours at home alone and as the renovations continue, some macabre events occur. The house, mill and lands have a demonic history that will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end.  To gain control, Ellie soon dabbles in witchcraft and for the first time feels a sense of rightness. Changes in her husband’s behavior compounded the situation and ramped up the fear factor.

The author spun a clever tale with twists, truths and chills that kept me listening into the wee hours.  In the end, I came to care for Ellie and some secondary characters. Tanners Dell and the neighboring woods became a living, breathing personality and is a place I am quite content never to lay eyes upon! I really enjoyed the author’s ability to conjure fear without the use of blood or gore. Throughout the story she wove in a mystery and treated us to other POVs. All worked brilliantly to create a plausible, yet terrifying tale. I cannot mention more for fear of spoilers, but know this is a tightly woven well-constructed plot that has me adding England to my must read list.

This was my first listen to Henrietta Meire and her tone, accent and grasp of Ellie were superb. Her narration only heightened the already macabre tale.

I later discovered, that while this is a standalone, it takes place in the same area as the Father of Lies trilogy and in fact some figures appear from those books. I for one will go back to read/listen. Horror at its finest, The Owlmen is one I would happily recommend to fans who enjoy an atmospheric tale.

 

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About S. E. England

S.E. England

Sarah England is a fiction writer based in the UK. A prolific magazine writer she had hundreds of short stories and serials published before her first novel in 2013.
At the fore of Sarah’s body of work is the bestselling occult horror trilogy, Father of Lies, Tanners Dell and Magda; and recently released – The Owlmen. You might also enjoy, The Soprano – a supernatural thriller set on the North Staffordshire Moors. And coming soon – Hidden Company, a psychological thriller with darker elements, due for release in December 2018. In summary, this is a range of dark fiction encompassing madness, black witchcraft and the occult. Not for those of a nervous disposition!

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27 Responses to “The Owlmen by S. E. England”

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    Ooh – sounds perfect for the upcoming season. I love when authors can creep you out/scare you without using blood/gore. It shows a skill in writing, I think.

    -Lauren

  2. Stormi Johnson

    Since this is in Father of Lies world I need to finish up those before I dive into this that is good to know since I have it. I have listened to Father of Lies which was very weird and messed up and creepy but never finished with the series. So I will do that then listen to this one. 🙂 Great review!

  3. sjhigbee

    This sounds ideal for horror fans – not so much for a cowardy custard like me! I’m glad you enjoyed it, it sounds as if this one is really well done.

  4. MarthaE

    An old creepy town doesn’t sound like a good place for someone getting over a breakdown. I’m not a huge fan of true horror but this sounds creepy interesting. I’ll look closer at it – maybe for the fest. Thanks for sharing.

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