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 is 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. In a twist of events Avril’s irrational behaviour is brought to a dramatic halt when she discovers she is pregnant. With her affections once again restored for Clayton, she decides to dispose of the sinister portrait. But the cast off painting wants revenge and its anger towards Avril’s unborn child might just prove immeasurable. Can Avril and Clayton live happily ever after or does The Crying Boy have other plans?
This is the second novel I have read by this author and I have to say she sure knows how to write an atmospheric and disturbing read!
The house that Avril and Clayton move in to sounds wonderful. A big rambling house set in the wonderful moors of Haworth where the famous Bronte sisters lived. Sadly though it does come with a bit of history.
I loved that the story is set around an actual painting that has a very disturbing history of its own. It makes the whole story feel more real which makes it very creepy!
Both Avril and Clayton have been through the mill. To lose a child has to be a parents worst nightmare and my heart went out to both characters. What I loved though is that both characters are quite flawed. Neither are perfect and it actually made them more human and easier to relate to.
The Crying Boy is a story full of suspense that is very much a mix of the super natural and horror genre. It would be great for on the screen that’s for sure. There is a great build up through out the story and it’s one that will have you on tender hooks all the way through. A highly enjoyable read.
Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.
The Crying Boy is out today and available to purchase from Amazon.