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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
A supernatural presence disturbs the peace of a small Irish village, bringing terror to Kevin O’Brien and his in-laws in Folklore by Chris Rush. Not long after his wife’s sudden death, the same terror that engulfed her begins to torment Kevin. While it had been thought that Mary had been hallucinating due to an illness that affected her since childhood, the truth now appears to be quite different. There is, in fact, something targeting Kevin and also his brother-in-law, John. Horrific wailing, tapping and scratching noises, horrible smells and the strange appearance of an old woman leave both Kevin and John questioning their sanity.
Not willing to admit the possibility of a haunting to one another, they finally give in and consult the village priest to bless their homes. As the presence of what seems to be a banshee takes over their lives and causes more heartbreak, the men draw closer together and try to understand the reason for this horror. Going back to John’s parents, a strange story unfolds, leaving the men wondering how they can stop the chain of events that has been set into motion – if that is even possible.
Chris Rush has created a horror-filled tale that spirals deeper and deeper into all-encompassing terror in Folklore. Brilliant descriptions and intense psychological torment make the fear come alive as you read, so make sure the lights are on or it is broad daylight! Editing oversights may catch you up from time to time, but otherwise, the writing is tight and purposeful, leading you to question your grip on reality as the characters fear for theirs. The writing is certainly compelling. Great story - intense and engrossing!