**we received a copy of this book from the publisher, for review purposes.**
Review by Mia Madden, aged 15.
This books story is told through the eyes of multiple characters: twenty-something-year-old Callum, his brother Josh, budding artist Kate, her friend Gabe, the local historian Doc Naylor, the local doctor Richard, and Alma, a girl so deeply in love she would do anything to be with her crush. These people all reside in Bailey, a town situated on a river with a dark history. Every year people go missing, or are killed, and their bodies are always found in the river. Josh Kate and Gabe meet and become close friends when they realise they've all lost someone to the river. They all have their minds set on one thing: to find out why this is happening and how to stop it.
The trio enlist the help of Doc Naylor in the hope of him having some sort of knowledge on this particular topic. He claims to have noticed the amount of losses as well, offering to assist them on their search. But they all know that this won't be easy. Between fatal battles, ancient curses, oblivious civilians, savage teenagers covered in blood, ghastly faces coming out of toilet bowls, an evil monk and vivid dreams of scenes from the past, will the group be able to survive and stop whatever is happening in the town of Bailey?
This book is definitely different to anything I've read before. Of course, the dark imagery and style had me hooked. But the thing I loved most about it was how weird and unique it was (in a good way). Even the characters weren't what I was expecting! How many authors can say that their debut novel, with the main antagonist being a body of water, was nominated for an award?
I rate this book 5* and recommend it for ages 14+
About the Author
Tina Callaghan is a writer of speculative fiction, both for children and adults. Her stories involve elements of history, mythology and the supernatural. Her short stories have appeared alongside horror and science-fiction greats Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury and Robert Bloch.
Dark Wood Dark Water is her debut novel and has been shortlisted for the 2018 Eason/Dept51 An Post Irish Book Award
Dark Wood Dark Water is published by Poolbeg and is available in PB and ebook format. Available in all good bookshops and on poolbeg.com.