Ruby is the most violently disturbed patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. With no improvement after two years, Dr. Jack McGowan finally decides to take a risk and hypnotises her. With terrifying consequences.
A horrific dark force is now unleashed on the entire medical team, as each in turn attempts to unlock Ruby’s shocking and sinister past. Who is this girl? And how did she manage to survive such unimaginable evil? Set in a desolate ex-mining village, where secrets are tightly kept and intruders hounded out, their questions soon lead to a haunted mill, the heart of darkness…and The Father of Lies.
I’ve heard lots of great things about this authors books but never seemed to find the time to get round to reading them. Well now that I have I certainly won’t be leaving reading the next one for as long.
The fact that a lot of the story is set in an asylum certainly piqued my interest. I don’t think you can get a much better setting as well as the small and eerie ex mining village which seems to be connected to the girl.
Ruby’s character frightened the hell out of me. There is no way I would want to be in a room alone with her. It is quite obvious there is something seriously wrong with her and I wanted to scream at the staff in the asylum to keep well away. Obviously if they had then where would be the fun in that!
As the staff try their best to help unlock the horrors that are in Ruby’s mind, weird and strange things start to happen to them.
I think The Exorcist is actually mentioned in this book and I couldn’t think of a better film to liken this book to. It is very dark and disturbing and just totally perfect for fans of horror.
Father of Lies is a dark and compelling read. I devoured it in one afternoon as I literally could not put it down. Even as the horrors unfolded, I couldn’t race through the pages quick enough for more and as to what secrets lurked in Ruby’s head as well as the ex mining village.
An absolute must read for horror fans!
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
Father of Lies is available to purchase from Amazon.