Narrator: Anna Parker-Naples
Series: Black Hill Farm #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 12 February 2015
Length: 7 hours
Genres: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Narrator, Submitted
When 16-year-old Ben McCloud moves to Black Hill Farm, he soon falls in love with the mysterious and seductive Andrea Black.
Finding themselves alone on this remote farm and desperate to stay together, Ben's and Andrea's world spirals out of control. As they fight for survival, every step they take leads them into an ever darker world of terror and despair.
A dark tale of love and horror with a deadly twist.
©2011 Tim O'Rourke (P)2015 Tim O'Rourke
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Following his parents’ deaths, sixteen-year-old Ben is sent to live with his uncle on an isolated farm on the South Coast of England. Life with an uncle he doesn’t know and with his mysterious cousin Andrea “Andy” is harsh. Written from the perspective of DCI John Walker, who has been conducting interviews with Ben in the police station, this dark and disturbing story unfolds through these interviews.
Black Hill Farm is a very chilling young adult horror story with elements of romance and the paranormal.
This was my first book by Tim O’Rourke, and immediately after finishing it, I had to download one of his other books. This guy can write. While I managed to predict some of the things that were going on here, I was totally drawn in by how wonderfully eerie and haunting this story was. Beware if you are squeamish, for a young adult book I thought this was pretty gory, but I loved it. It was super suspenseful with some great twists, and the way it all came together at the end was really cleverly done. There is a sequel, Andy’s Diary, which I can’t wait to listen to.
As far as Anna Parker-Naples’ narration is concerned, I initially kept wondering why a female narrator when most of the narrative was from a middle aged male policeman and a 16-year-old boy. It was a bit distracting at first, but I became so involved in the story, I quickly got used to it, and Anna Parker-Naples actually turned out to be a very talented narrator. Her emotive narration pulled me in and captivated me so much, I listened to the entire audio in one go. She really managed to bring these characters to life with distinct accents and traits.
To enjoy this, you don’t need to be a young adult reader. If you like scary tales and the supernatural and you don’t mind some brutal and gruesome scenes, then Black Hill Farm is a definite must-have.
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