Mr. Sandman [hardcover] by SJI Holliday
CATEGORY Supernatural / Fantasy
PUBLICATION DATE December 2020
COVER ART John Coulthart
Unsigned Jacketed Hardcover — ISBN 978-1-786366-98-6 [£15]
100 JHC signed by the author — ISBN 978-1-786366-99-3 [£22]
Sophie is bored with her perfectly nice but deathly dull boyfriend Matthew. Sensing he’s about to lose her, Matthew takes her on a last-ditch attempt trip to the seaside, hoping to rekindle their dying flames. But things take a dark turn when Sophie visits Mr Sandman, a Haitian priest, who claims that he can change Matthew into the boyfriend that she wants. But does Sophie really know what she wants? Never has the phrase “be careful what you wish for” been more apt. Because Matthew does change...just not in the way that anyone could’ve predicted.
SJI (Susi))Holliday is the author of seven crime novels and numerous short stories. By day, she works as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry, and by night she cooks up murderous plots and writes them down so that others can share her warped mind. Her bestselling books have been described as deliciously dark and twisted and “clever, cutting and addictive” and she loves to blend elements of psycho-logical thriller, mystery, horror and sci-fi. She also works as a writing coach, helping aspiring crime writers to get their words on the page.
You can find her on twitter @sjiholliday and on her website www.sjiholliday.com.
A gripping dark tale.
A great read from a great author. This time a horror novella and I loved every bit of it.
Set in London with a trip to the seaside, Mr Sandman is a twisted tale built around being careful what you wish for. The main character wants her boyfriend to be different and visits a fortune teller on the pier. She ends up getting more than she wished for. And, as usual, Susi Holliday adds in a nice twist at the end just to mix things up and keep you thinking about it long after its done.
Well written characters who you can imagine knowing in real life, and fast paced, I really enjoyed this book. The only thing that didn't fit for me was the external cover, as I didn't feel it related to the story very well; I wouldn't have picked it up based on that alone. However, the inside cover was much more fitting. So don't judge this book by its cover, it has a great dark tale to tell inside.