Will Maclean: The Apparition Phase



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R me Maybe it works for you And if you are into mystery aunting stories you should definitely give this debut my Will Maclean a try I can t wait to read by The Why Cafe him because this really was a promising debut and I couldn t put it down It s the 1970 s when we meet 13 year old twins Tim and Abigail Abi who from a very young ageave ad a fascination with the paranormal though it could be argued that it s become of an unhealthy obsession Their knowledge of ghostly apparitions caught on camera inspires them to create a ghostly photo of their own a fake one of course echoing the girls who said they d taken photos of The Cottingley Fairies in 1917 But ave they unwittingly attracted a malevolent entity or is it all in their imaginationMy thoughts on reading The Appariti I can t uite believe that what I ave just read is a debut novel Although Will Maclean is an experienced television scriptwriter is first published fiction novel The Apparition Phase is a stunning literary debut with excellent narrative an engrossing unsettling storyline and diverse characters that are instantly endearingTeenage twins Abi and Tim spend their evenings in their parents attic discussing the macabre and unexplained researching folklore and the supernatural When they come up with a plan to fake a photo of a ghost to frighten an unpopular girl at school they set in motion a series of events they couldn t possibly ave foreseen Is the insensitive and cruel prank about to take on a life of its own and ow will the girl react when she becomes further entangled in their livesWhat I particularly liked was Soul of Dust how the author included real life suspected ghost photos and published references toauntings some which intrigued me enough to research whilst reading This ensured the story stayed in the realms of reality instead on the totally impossible There s a fine line between what you want to believe and what is actual when suffering from grief Attending seances etc in the Shadow Game hope you ll receive messages from lost loved ones or visitingaunted buildings that you know the ERIS: The Patsy (Warped Comedy Adventure Book 1) history of can blur your interpretations of what you believe you see The moral of The Apparition Phase asks the reader to uestion what is real or what is invented when the mind is tricked and is there even a difference between themI loved Tim and I felt I was personally withim every step of We Give a Squid a Wedgie his tortuous journey Set in the early 1970 s the decade I grew up in I enjoyed the atmosphere of the era and the way the story was told from Tim s recollection It positivelyeld my attention from the first chapter to the final jaw dropping page A fascinating and spooky denouement kept me on the edge of my seat and I can t think of a better read for this Halloween than Will Maclean s suspenseful and entertaining The Apparition Phase 5 stars I ve been reading the teaser ARC with around 50 pages and I actually feel like this book was written just for me It unfurls like a malign phantom bringing its chill to a Verräter der Magie hot summers day Let s just say teenaged twins inventing a ghost photograph sounds like just the kind of thing I wouldave liked to ave done Perfect plot Perfect writing Only downside the full book is not out until October I onestly would ave been swallowed by this one if I ad the full copy I can t uite believe that what I ave just read is a debut novel Although Will Maclean is an experienced television scriptwriter is first published fiction novel The Apparition Phase is a stunning literary debut with excellent narrative an engrossing unsettling storyline and diverse characters that are instantly endearingTeenage twins Abi and Tim spend their evenings in their parents attic discussing the macabre and unexplained researching folklore and the supernatural When they come up with a plan to fake a photo of a ghost to frighten an unpopular girl at school they set in motion a series of events they couldn t possibly Mimi Malloy, At Last! have foreseen Is the insensitive and cruel prank about to take on a life of its own andow will the girl react when she becomes further entangled in their livesWhat I particularly liked was Twin Spica, Volume: 10 how the author included real life suspected ghost photos and published references toauntings some which intrigued me enough to research whilst reading This ensured the story stayed in the realms of reality instead on the totally impossible There s a fine line between what you want to believe and what is actual when suffering from grief Attending seances etc in the ope you ll receive messages from lost loved ones or visiting aunted buildings that you know the Grammatik Des Biblisch-Aramaischen: Mit Den Nach Handschriften Berichtigten Texten Und Einem Worterbuch history of can blur your interpretations of what you believe you see The moral of The Apparition Phase asks the reader to uestion what is real or what is invented when the mind is tricked and is there even a difference between themI loved Tim and I felt I was personally withim every step of A Neve Estava Suja his tortuous journey Set in the early 1970 s the decade I grew up in I enjoyed the atmosphere of the era and the way the story was told from Tim s recollection It positivelyeld my attention from the first chapter to the final jaw dropping page A fascinating and spooky denouement kept me on the edge of my seat and I can t think of a better read for this Halloween than Will Maclean s suspenseful and entertaining The Apparition Phase 5 stars The StoryThe story begins with the twins Tim and Abi who are unlike other teenagers of their age They are voracious readers and The Art of Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting have a keen interest in the occult Living in a London suburb in the 70s with wit as good as their s Tim and Abi are usually bored So they decide to fake a ghost photograph in their favorite place theirome attic Not content with just that they decide to prank a friend at school and that s the tipping point of our story Janice Tupp the girl who they showed the image and told a made up backstory as a fit during a class leading the twins to reveal er the truth The story is sad after that for the first part and it somehow transitions into a Shirley Jackson styled ghost unt in Yarling a victorian era manor in the countryside of Suffolk My ReviewSimply put I loved this book And given the fact that this is a debut novel I d say the author as done an exemplary job in creating tension and a sense of foreboding I loved De obotliga optimisternas klubb how the scenes ended without becoming tedious The entire story was very well paced But I couldn telp but notice that the story looks like two different ones rather than just the one The first part of it deals with the general teenage orrors of the 70 s suburbia like bullying drugs etc However suddenly after tragedy strikes the Smiths Tim unable to cope with the events becomes a shadow of is past self After Fatal Dive: Solving the World War II Mystery of the USS Grunion his therapist decides to proveim wrong about the supernatural that seems to be Code Name: Silence haunting Tim the story moves to its secondalf that is a complete contrast to the first partThe second Und Schuf Mir Einen Götzen: Lehrjahre Eines Kommunisten half of it mostly feels like a coming of age novel dealing with teenage emotions and of course a spooky ghostaunting the manor they are stayingI would ave loved to read a little bit about the characters involved in the second part of the novel The ending was the best part of the story which will leave you both spooked and also a bit thoughtful about ow reliable the entire narration was from Tim s perspective As final thoughts I will keep an eye out for future endeavors from Will Maclean Thanks to NetGalley Random House UK Cornerstone for this ARC in exchange for an Margery Meets the Roses honest revie. 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Hat allucinatory trip through the darkness the triumphant final seuence of Catriona Ward s Rawblood comes to mindI loved both the broad details and the specifics of The Apparition Phase its scope and themes in general but also the level of detail we re given about settings characters and relationships A great ghost story can t always also be a satisfying novel but this is definitely both A brilliant surpriseI received an advance review copy of The Apparition Phase from the publisher through NetGalleyTinyLetter Linktree Growing up in a London suburb in the early 1970s teenage twins Tim and Abi Smith are obsessed with the uncanny not just ghosts but also standing stones witches curses the British countryside the ancient Egyptians with particular emphasis on their burial rites the Vikings voodoo vampires the mythical giant suid real life accounts of people being attacked and even better devoured by large wild animals Dracula Doctor Who space exploration the futuristic domed cities that people would one day live in on the ocean floor pond life medieval The Wapshot Scandal history medieval weaponry medieval siege warfare eclipses coral reefs escapologyow to start fires UFOs card tricks They spend ours together in the attic discussing the frightening and the macabre Accordingly when they decide to play a practical joke at school their idea involves faking a ghost photograph portraying a creature of smoke of cobwebs of moonlight made of insubstantial mist that faded as soon as it was perceived They show the resulting image to Janice Tupp an unpopular student in their class and er reaction exceeds their wildest expectations Visibly rattled she faints Then on a visit to the attic where the photograph was created not only does Janice not accept that she was taken in by a forgery but in a frightening trance like state she ominously declares that the twins ave woken something up And it certainly seems that the prank as triggered bad karma because tragedy soon Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, hits the Smith family Years later still trying to come to terms with these traumatic events Tim gets involved with a group of paranormal researchers who are investigating the purportedaunting of a sprawling manor in the Suffolk countryside You would ave thought that Tim would ave learnt from Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 his earlier brush with the supernatural to give this sort of stuff a wide berth Yete enthusiastically joins the experiment partly one suspects because e is seduced by the glamour of the upper class set to which is new friends belong As s ance follows s ance it soon becomes apparent that once again something is woken up Will Maclean is an established screenwriter and whilst this is The Dreamer Wakes (The Story of the Stone his debut novel it is clearly the work of an assured and experienced author The Apparition Phase grips you from the very first pages and never lets you go The plot twists and turns and the scarier passages are scary indeed The work taps into what I feel is a current fad for 1970 s nostalgia especially amongst theorror loving community I m thinking for instance of Dead Ink s Eden Book Society project whose books I Rivers Last Longer have reviewed elsewhere on this blog Much of the atmosphere of the novel is in fact provided by theistorical cultural references to that decade including the famed BBC TV productions which brought the uncanny to the mainstreamThe Apparition Phase sometimes feels like two books rolled into one On the one and it is a work of suburban orror where the supernatural events almost pale in relation to the mundane terrors of drug and alcohol addiction derelict The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! housing bullying vandalism and random violence On the otherand it also provides the familiar chills of traditional supernatural fiction with than a nod to Shirley Jackson s The Haunting of Hill House Tim provides the link between these two worlds even though admittedly they sometimes sit uncomfortably together For me The Apparition Phase is a resounding 5 star read It might not be perfect I feel that sometimes the plot is a tad too tidy too revealing of its machinery For instance interesting and promising characters are unhesitatingly disposed of when they are no longer needed to further the story And the ending whilst certainly brilliantly addressing some open uestions and tantalisingly raising new ones also comes across as rather convenient Yet despite these reservations I found it a gut wrenching spinetingling roller coaster of a ghost novel I m no Janice Tupp and do not Witchcraft for Tomorrow have any knack for prophecy However I will take the plunge and predict that The Apparition Phase will be nothing short of aorror sensationhttpsendsofthewordblogspotcom20 This literary ghost story grabs you by the and and doesn t let go even after you ve finished reading it Will Maclean s debut novel shows that this is an author who knows what e s doing The Wedding Redux he is an experienced scriptwriter and it shows He captures the 1970 s so welle took me back to my childhood with references to popular culture and drew a perfect picture of what it was like growing up in the 70 s We know immediately with the opening line to expect the unexpectedAnd so the first thing my twin sister and I did when we finally got access to a camera of our own was fake a ghost photograph We meet twins Tim and Abi who are fascinated with all things paranormalsupernatural they are incredibly bright and spend their time together in the attic of their Rolling Thunder house discussing the occult andauntings and from this the idea of faking a ghost photograph forms Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? however this will lead to tragedyThe narrative is told through Tim the novel moves through the 70 s leading us ever deeper into the world of the paranormal This is a literary ghost story at its best it unnerves and unsettles the reader whilst bringing to life the characters and the world they live in I absolutley loved this and can t recommend it enough This mystery did a lot of things right Overall I enjoyed the book a lotWhat if you take a picture of a ghost and then terrible things start toappen We re in the 70s in Britain and auntology is starting to be a thingI loved everything about that first part of the book The kids the ghost faking the drama It was very well written and fast paced and I thought Okay ere s my favourite book of 2020 finally I actually got scared by one of the scenes and that never appens with me and booksThe next 3 parts then dealt with another cast of characters another setting and although our protagonist still was part of the group it felt was most definitely different from part 1That s okay it really is and the book in its entirety makes sense I guess I can appreciate that approach with a re read though My problem just was that I waited for answers about those first pages I so loved and waited and waited and thought Okay maybe in the next part and I realized too late that those answers will never come and that the first part was some kind of preface providing a background story of the actual story And I liked the actual story I just couldn t appreciate and enjoy it while reading because I so much wanted to read the rest of the before told storySo that s the reason this book is only 4 stars instead of 5 to me Also I wasn t a big fan of the last chapter before the Epilogue It just wasn t for me and felt out of place and didn t add anything new It was meant to be creepy but I was just bored I am sorry I really loved the book but not that chapter It made me loose interest in the rest of the story so it was kind of a bummer fo. 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EXCERPT I looked about me at our attic the library the orrible bits of Victorian taxidermy we d picked up from junk shops the dust furred oil paintings of bleak landscapes the interesting and peculiar objects that inevitably gathered on any orizontal surface in the vicinity of either of us The only significant thing we adn t added to the place was a large ome made dolls The Art of Mary Beth Edelson house which wead discovered in the attic the first time we ever went up there and ad deemed both creepy enough to keep and too eavy to move We ll Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain have to tidy up a bit Yes Get some extra lightside the books that sort of thing Make it look respectable Abigail must ave read some element of doubt in my face She leaned forward in er armchair and fixed me with None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) her dark eyes All weave to do is make out that it s all fine We take Puta her upere she sees 伝説の勇者の伝説 5 出来心の後始末 how absolutely unhaunted our attic and indeed our entireouse is and that s that Abi touched Killer Games her fingertips toer lips All we ave to do is be normal for a while And so it was agreed between us that Janice Tupp would come over to our ouse after school next Thursday in order not to see a ghost ABOUT THE APPARITION PHASE Tim and Abi ave always been different from their peers Precociously bright they spend their evenings in their parents attic discussing the macabre and unexplained zealously rereading books on folklore auntings and the supernatural In particular they are obsessed with photographs of ghostly apparitions and the mix of terror and delight they provoke in their otherwise boring and safe childhoodsBut when Tim and Abi decide to fake a photo of a ghost to frighten an unpopular school friend they set in motion a deadly and terrifying chain of events that neither of them could Cocksure have predicted and are forced to confront the possibility that what began as a callous prank might wellave taken on a malevolent life of its own MY THOUGHTS My own suspicion is that the universe is not only ueerer than we suppose but ueerer than we can suppose Haldane I couldn t Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, help but thinking of the Adams family children when I read the physical descriptions of Abi and Tim intelligent twins with enuiring minds and a passion for the macabreMacleanas written an atmospheric and intriguing gothic thriller with all the reuired elements a missing person a select group of people confined together in a creepy old Porto Bello Gold house and unexplained phenomena Massysteria Cleverly orchestrated fraud Or something darker and sinister This is what Maclean will ave you wondering His skilful machinations will ave you changing your mind with every twist and turn Yarlings The Three Lives of Sonata James has a gruesomeistory and yet Mein Erster Mörder has never made it into the books ofaunted ouses making it perfect for a scientific experiment to once and for all prove or disprove the existence of ghosts It seemed that no matter ow bright the day outside the interior of Yarlings was always dark always gloomy always permeated with a troubled air as if overthinking its presence Ancient timbers crack like knuckles the rooms are filled with an oppressing and brooding silence almost an air of expectation like it is waiting to be brought back to life a place of weird emotional textures The ideal place in which to conduct a seance or several The people who Kaki vojaki: roman v rimah in slikah have been carefully selected for the experiment by Graham and Sally are college students all known to one another and who seem to be a fairly ordinary lot Tim enters the mix uite by accident the seventh person and catalyst for all that follows The Apparition Phase is unsettling rather than terrifying unsettling unnerving and deliciously creepy 4 TheApparitionPhase NetGalley THE AUTHOR Originally from the Wirral Will Macleanas been fascinated by ghost stories since e was a child and as been writing them almost as long as e can remember DISCLOSURE Thank you to Random House UK Cornerstone via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Apparition Phase by Will Maclean for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom This review is also published on Twitter Instagram and my webpage When there s a new literary ghost story coming out from a respected publisher especially if it s by a debut author I usually add it to my wishlist It doesn t ave to sound like it s going to break new ground I like ghost stories in general so much that I m forgiving of their flaws willing to accept cliches Which is to say that I went into The Apparition Phase with totally average expectations thinking I d enjoy it but not anticipating anything spectacular And I was blown awayPart I of the novel introduces twins Tim and Abigail Smith We first encounter them attempting to fake a ghost photograph with which to frighten their friends and we learn that they are fascinated by all things supernatural Their plan works rather too well their classmate Janice is so terrified of the picture that she faints The ramifications of this incident take over Tim and Abi s lives eventually they re separated and sent to different schools But their ghost fixation persists In the early 1970s it seems the world shares not only their obsession but also their conviction that an answer was just around the corner Our thinking on the subject of ghosts was that science might one day very soon explain them understand them and in doing so open up a whole new way of thinking about the world This was a perfectly reasonable expectation back then We were not alone in believing itAnd then an earth shattering event changes everything Abi disappearsThis first section of the book is spellbinding In parts it reminded me of Nina Allan s The Rift my personal ne plus ultra of missing person novels There is also one scene in which Janice lashes out at the twins with what seems to be a prophecy or possession which is truly chilling almost cinematic in its intensity and sure to remain lodged in the reader s mind The blurb gives the impression that Part I is the backbone of the entire story So it was a bit disorientating to be yanked from all that sublime scene setting into Part II which it turns out sets the tone for everything else Set a few years later it involves Tim joining a group of ghost unters at a country ouse called Yarlings A number of new characters are introduced one of whom is intolerable and there s Bear Boy horror oforrors a romantic subplot I floundered for a while wondering if the first Black Women in White America hundred pagesad been as good as it would get But The Apparition Phase finds its groove again and when it does it s thrilling and intriguing in an entirely different way Tim s world opens up but we never lose sight of Worlds Beyond The Poles his grief and alongsideim we are caught up in the romance ope and terror of the ghost unt the ever shifting dynamics of the uickly intimate group and the uestion of what might really be going on behind the scenes It all culminates in an indelible seuence with Tim traversing the Suffolk countryside by night a journey as metaphorical and yes aunted as it is physicalThere are traces ere of Sarah Waters The Little Stranger the way in which Tim falls in love with Yarlings and everything it represents for Monster der Woche him is very reminiscent of Waters Faraday It also reminded me a lot of Gary Gibson s novella Ghost Freuencies itself inspired by The Stone Tape which is mentionedere as a favourite of Tim and Abi As for An atmospheric and stunning literary debut reminiscent of the gothic suspense of Shirley Jackson and the ghost stories of MR JamesTim and Abi ave always been different from their peers Precociously bright they spend their evenings in their parents’ attic discussing the macabre and.