Monday, June 13, 2011

The Banishing by Fiona Dodwell

Book Description:
When Melissa first notices the change in her husband - subtle at first - she thinks it may be the stress of moving into their new home. Or working long hours. But soon her husband turns into something far darker, far more sinister. Who or what is the dark shadow living beneath her husband? What is haunting him? Melissa must quickly find the answer to these questions, because Mark is changing, and fast. Soon her fight will be for her life, as well as for her marriage.

Author Bio:
Fiona Dodwell lives in the UK with her husband. She has studied an unusual mixture over the years, from film studies, theology and drama to psychology.

She grew up with a deep passion for horror, both in film and literature, and greatly admires the works of Stephen King, Susan Hill, Adam Neville and Bill Hussey.
She began entering fiction contests at a young age, winning several, and had some of her poems published.
Her first novel to be published, The Banishing, is a dark story exploring demonic possession and domestic abuse. She is currently submitting her second novel, The Obsession, for possible publication and is enjoying writing her third.

My thoughts :)
The Banishing - A dark and twisted Tale.
Melissa and her husband where happily married, in love and thrilled at the purchase of their first home. After awhile Melissa notices that her husband is slowly changing. Subtle at first but then over time Mark turns into a darker, sinister shadow of a man who inflicts harm and havoc upon Melissa, both physically and mentally.
Melissa feels her husband is possessed - he is haunted, can Melissa find out what entity is within him, what is wrong with him, before it’s too late for her life and her marriage.
Melissa is seeing ghosts; black figures and they are taunting her, is she losing her mind? What's inside the house making her prince charming turn evil and violent and making her feel like she is losing her mind?
The Banishing reminded me of Paranormal Activity!! Not knowing what is there the unknown. Fiona has created a scary horror where her characters doubt their sanity - showing their fear and emotions. ** I was scared for the characters ** The story is gradually built from page one, volumizing the effect until you find yourself leaving the night light on to sleep !!!!
Melissa I found to be a very caring character right from the start - loved everyone and even despite the trauma her husband put her through she still stuck by him, to save her life and her marriage.
Mark I didn’t particularly like, I think it was the dark side that Fiona put across of him, I let this side of him out way any good that Melissa saw in him, and I must say in any normal circumstance, I think I would’ve packed my bags and left the arse. We did see flashbacks of the good side of him, but this alone did not steer my thoughts or feelings towards him. Fiona created her entity well, within Mark.  Created a monster for us to hate, and also a lovable man the next!! ** I was scared of his moods, and mannerisms. **
I read The Banishing in one sitting, I found myself feeling slightly shy of getting back out of bed after I had read lol... It definitely creates the mood!!  I was ** slightly scared lol **
The tension build up in the story was gradual, an unpredictable ending, an interesting plot, with chapters that flowed smoothly. The only thing Id mention would be Melissa's character, throughout the read she was this lovable caring character. However in the end, I found the choice she made was not at all in her character, or the person that was portrayed throughout this entire read. But saying that = what would we do if faced in the same situation? Die by the hands you love? - Or give someone you love to the darkness to save you and the one you love?
Horror - that was dark and twisted, eerie and mind boggling, unpredictable entity, which will have you looking over your shoulder!! Be warned!! Don’t read till 3am, you will be awake all night ;)
An ideal horror for all those that like unpredictable, scary and one that makes you look sideways after you read it !! An enjoyable read from Fiona Dodwell ;)