Release Date: Aug 25th 2015
It began with a trivial moment of carelessness, but the shockwaves that reverberate from this seemingly insignificant incident, spread far and wide.
Ed and his heavily pregnant wife Mary are on an errand for Ed’s ailing father before the pair depart for warmer climes. But the winter of 1962 comes early and one innocuous event and a hastily taken decision will have devastating consequences for the family of young Rose Gorton. Mary’s already fragile mental state is put under further stress while Ed tries to make sense of events that are spiralling massively, Out of Control.
After reading this, my first thoughts were Pan Horror meets Tales of the Unexpected.
The story was an interesting read, totally different from the books I normally review. Beyond the first page it made me keen to know what the future held for these two. It soon became apparent, however, that we weren’t looking at a happy ending.
As the story opens Ed and Mary Greensmith are on their way, driving to the airport to catch a flight to the South of France. It’s winter and snowing heavily. Mary is seven months pregnant and Ed is flying her there to wait for the birth of their baby. He has been married before and lost his first wife and baby during childbirth. He’s not about to risk it happening again.
Before they arrive at the airport they need to take a detour to Ed’s family home. His father, now in residential care, has asked him to bring a bottle of one of his favourite wines from the cellar. Ed has memories of the cellar, a place where as a child his father would regularly trick him into going. He would then lock him in, leaving him in the dark with the rats. Ed remembers one very large rat in particular.
Things start to go wrong when chain smoking Mary ejects a cigarette butt through the window only to have it blow back onto Ed’s clothing. Ed panics causing the car to swerve to the other side of the road, only to sideswipe an oncoming vehicle. Stopping, they discover the other car has left the road and the driver, a young woman, is dead.
Their decision on what to do next sets off a series of events which lead to an horrific conclusion.
Well written and lots of suspense!
I would like to thank the author for a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Trevor Belshaw, aka, Trevor Forest, is a writer of both adult and children’s fiction. He lives in Nottingham, UK with his mad Springer Spaniel, Maisie. Trevor is the creator of Tracy’s Hot Mail (Crooked Cat Publishing,) and has recently released a noir novella, Out of Control.
Writing under the name, Trevor Forest, he has published fourteen children’s books including the Magic Molly series, The Stanley Stickle series, and Peggy Larkin’s War.
Trevor’s short stories and articles have appeared in various magazines including The Best of British, Ireland’s Own and First Edition. His poem My Mistake was awarded a highly commended status and included in the Farringdon Poetry competition best entries anthology. His children’s poem Clicking Gran, was longlisted in the Plough Poetry competition 2009.
Trevor’s short stories have been published in many anthologies including the charity anthologies. 100 Stories for Haiti, 50 Stories for Pakistan, 100 Stories for Queensland, The Best of Café Lit, (2011 2012 and 2013) The Best of Friday Flash Volume 2, Another Haircut, Shambelurkling and other stories and 24 Stories for Advent.
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