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The Jack in the Green

The Jack in the Green, October 2013
by Frazer Lee

Samhain Publishing
Featuring: Tom McRae
ISBN: 1619215632
EAN: 9781619215634
Kindle: B00CTLAF5S
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Come read about the ritual of The Jack in the Green...if you dare."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Jack in the Green
Frazer Lee

Reviewed by Amber Keller
Posted January 22, 2014

Horror

When Tom McRae was six, he saw something horrible that left him an orphan. Now that he's in his mid-thirties, Tom still has recurring nightmares from the childhood incidence. Tom is sent, by his employer, to the remote Scottish village of Douglass to negotiate a land grab. He sees this as an opportunity to start fresh, but when he gets there, he can't shake the feeling that he's been there before, and the nightmares are bleeding over into daylight. With murder and nightmares escalating, he will find out the truth behind the ritual of The Jack in the Green.

As I've never been to Scotland before, I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and atmosphere. The details were written so that I felt like I was there, in the forest, with the characters. Author Frazer Lee has a strength in this area, but that's not all. The writing overall is strong, and the characters are well developed and a diversified lot. There's an environmental message in the tale, but not an overwhelming or blatant peg over the head.

The main character, Tom, is both likeable and relatable with flaws and strengths. There are enough moments of gore mixed with action to appease the horror fans. I really enjoyed the ending; it hit hard and fast. Supernatural horror readers should check THE JACK IN THE GREEN out.

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SUMMARY

Overview

A nightmare made real.

On Christmas Eve, six year-old Tom McRae witnessed an unspeakable atrocity that left him orphaned, his childhood in tatters. Now in his mid-thirties, Tom still has terrifying nightmares of that night. When Tom is sent to the remote Scottish village of Douglass to negotiate a land grab for his employer it seems like a golden opportunity for him to start over. But Tom can’t help feeling he’s been to Douglass before, and the terrible dreams from his childhood have begun to spill over into his waking life. As murderous events unfold and Tom’s feverish nightmares escalate, he will discover the hideous truth behind the villagers’ strange pagan ritual of The Jack in the Green.


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