High Moor By Graeme Reynolds
It’s 1986 and the town is gripped in terror after the mutilated corpse of ayoung boy is found in the woods. When Sergeant Steven Wilkinson begins aninvestigation, with the help of a specialist hunter, he soon realises that thisis no ordinary animal attack. Werewolves are real, and the trail of bodies isjust beginning, with young John and his friends smack in the middle of it.
Twenty years later, John returns to High Moor. The latest attack involved oneof his childhood enemies, but there’s more going on than meets the eye. Theconsequences of his past actions, the reappearance of an old flame and a dyingman who will either save or damn him, are the least of his problems. The nightof the full moon is approaching and time is running out.
But how can he hope to stop a werewolf, when every full moon he transforms intoa bloodthirsty monster himself?
I’ll be honest I can count the number of werewolf books I have read on one hand, so I have very few points of reference to judge this book against. What I will say is that out of those books this ranks up there with the best of them. This is an utterly thrilling read, that will have you turning the pages at breakneck speed. The book is littered with great characters, both loveable and despicable. Characters that you will grow to care about, to such extent that the midway climatic scenes ring with emotional intensity.
As for the werewolves Reynolds has created a great and believable mythos. The pack has a strong identity, these are not just the monster of the week type werewolf, their actions and rules are an important factor in what makes this a great book. These are proud, but vicious animals, don’t go into this book looking for cuddly furballs, you will be disappointed, these werewolves have big sharp teeth and claws, and they are not afraid to use them
The majority of the story takes place in 1986. I was 15 in 1986, having a ball of time. Reading this book is like looking back at old film footage of my life. Reynolds has expertly captured the feel of what it was like to grow up in a small town in 1986.
But fear not folks this is in no way a rip off Stephen King’s It. High Moor is it’s own novel, it will strike one hell of a chord with those of a certain age, who grew up in the UK. But it will also appeal to a much wider audience such is the strength of Reynolds writing. The last time I connected so strongly with the setting of a novel was with Joe Donnelly’s Twitchy Eyes, and in many ways this book share similar themes, and is of a similar quality.
It takes a writer of tremendous skill to imbue a an action packed novel with as much depth, as is displayed here. This book was a joy to read, not just for its ability to transport me back to a time gone by, but also because it is so well written. If this is the level of writing Graeme is capable of producing in a début novel, then I for one cannot wait for his next novel.
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“Graeme Reynolds has written a real-deal werewolf story. In these dulldays of nice, friendly lycanthropes, it is refreshing to see some brutality andanimal instincts in what is a very fine British horror novel. Reynolds drawsvivid pictures with words. His descriptions of High Moor the town is excellent,portraying an area in decay, one that suffered during the 1980s, and has yet torecover into the 21st century. The transformation scenes, where humans becomewolves, are brilliantly done, and you can feel every crack of bone, every tearof flesh. High Moor is a worthy addition to the werewolf canon. – Thomas Emson,Author of Maneater, Prey, Skarlet, Krimson, Zombie Britannica”