Blurb; Social worker Johnny Malkin is battling a crippling workload and a hostile local community. That’s on a good day: things are about to get a whole lot worse.
Two fourteen-year-old girls are found wandering Aitken Wood on the slopes of Pendle Hill, claiming to have been raped by a gang of men. With no female social workers available, Johnny is assigned to their case. But what, at first, looks like yet another incident of child exploitation takes a sinister turn when the girls start speaking of a forthcoming apocalypse.
When Johnny interviews one of the girls, Jenna Dunham, her story starts to unravel. His investigation draws him into a tight-knit village community in the shadow of Pendle Hill, where whispers of witchcraft and child abuse go back to the Middle Ages.
One name recurs: The Hobbledy Man. Is he responsible for the outbreaks of violence sweeping across the country?
Is he more than just myth?
My Review; HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY! I absolutely loved this story. There’s just something that makes a story extra special and personal to the reader when they know the location and setting of the book, I do not live far from Nelson and Burnley at all! Scary. I have visited Pendle Hill myself and know all about the tales and stories of the witches!
I loved the main character Johnny. He is a social worker who takes his job seriously and cares for the kids, maybe a little too much at times leading to not much of a personal life with his girlfriend and not much sleep either it seems!
Pendle Fire is a thrilling, fast paced, easy to read, edge of your seat thriller that you really wont be able to put down and will race through! Parts can be quite dark, chilling, suspense filled and disturbing… I found it a brilliant read with short chapters and would highly recommend it to you all. I awarded a well deserved four stars. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future. Brilliant. I wont forget this story in a rush.