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September 13, 2022

Dark Observation by Catherine Cavendish ~ a Review

by MK French


Violet works in Churchill's secret War Rooms in 1941, and citizens are generally unaware of this work. Air raids are common, but she's not afraid of those. Instead, she has other problems: a mysterious man, a room only she can see, memories she can't trust, and a best friend who denies their shared past. Someone seems to be targeting her. 

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book cover of horror novel Dark Observation by Catherine Cavendish
September 2022; Flame Tree Press; 978-1787586819
ebook, print (288 pages); horror

The oddities surrounding Vi start slowly, with a fellow boarder that is secretive and has books on the occult in her room. A man appearing at odd intervals, a neighborhood that no one remembers and the room people can't remember all adds to the disconcerting atmosphere of wartime London. With the fear of bombings every night, spies in the streets and the secretive nature of her work, Vi isn't sure where to turn. Her story is framed within that of her granddaughter Heather, who is also starting to notice similar strange events. 

I like that some historical content inspired the novel. Churchill was interested in the occult, as were the Nazis, and some of what we know about them fits with this book. It's definitely creepy more than bloody and will make you think twice about what could have happened 

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.



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