ANIMOSITY BY JAMES NEWMAN
Then, one morning, Andy finds the body of a child several hundred feet from hisfront door. A little girl who has been raped and murdered.
And everything changes on Poinsettia Lane.
Andy’s neighbors turn on him. Their animosity is subtle at first: a dirty lookfrom across the street, a friendly wave that is not reciprocated. The localmedia exacerbates the tension in the neighborhood by insinuating connectionsbetween the horror writer’s work and his role in the girl’s murder.
The authorities clear Andy of any wrongdoing, but the stain has set.
Before long, this once-quiet, peaceful neighborhood becomes a maelstrom ofanxiety and chaos. Andy’s neighbors surround his home like a horde of zombies -but instead of a hunger for flesh, these monsters are driven by lies, fear, andhatred.
Andrew Holland’s survival rests in the truth… but sometimes the truth isn’twhat people want to hear.
James Newman is one of those authors who is loved and admired greatly by those in the know, but sadly and very unfairly probably not that well know to the masses of horror fiction fans . I first came across James’s work with his excellent novella The Church of Dead Languages. From that momement on I was hooked. James has a style of writing that grabs you from the first sentence, and refuses to let go, his stories will take you on a thrilling ride you just won’t want to get off.
And with Animosity, James has produce another master class of tight, action packed, tension filled storytelling. One of the great strengths of this book is the horror of reality, the power and force of the mob mentality It’s the fact that what happens in this novel, could so easily happen in real life, that gives the story and added edge Another strength of the novel is James’s use of characters, the book is populated by seemingly normal people, people who will turn into monsters as the hate campaign against Andy escalates to a shocking conclusion. This is a deeply claustrophobic novel, that will have you looking at those twitching curtains with a new light.
Animosity showcases a writer of immense talent at the top of their game, go and buy this book.