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By Thomas Brown
Published by Sparkling Books
ISBN 9781907230387
Category Thriller/crime/mystery
Spring 2014


Lynnwood: an idyllic village in the English countryside with its charming pub, old dairy, friendly vicar, gurgling brooks, old paths with memories of simpler times ...

But vistors are watched by an entity between the trees where the Dark Ages have endured to the twenty-first century ...

Author's Biography

Thomas Brown graduated in creative writing from Southampton University. In 2010 he won the University's Flash Fiction Competition for his story, ‘Crowman’. He is a proud member of the dark fiction writing group: Pen of the Damned. Literary influences include Friedrich Nietzsche, Poppy Z. Brite and Thomas Ligotti.


When I started reading this, it stopped me in my tracks. Holy. Cow.  ... paints a vivid picture of the New Forest into your very soul.
Waterstones bookseller,

Brown writes with a tremendously polished style and creates scenes that you can not only see, but also smell and even taste...
Sue Buchman, and

"A quintessentially British folk horror chiller ... rendered deftly. A new voice in British horror, that you'll want to read, has entered the field." 
Adam Nevill, Author

I would recommend this to fans of classic English horror as well as fans of Stephen King.
Lucy O'Connor, Waterstones bookseller

Thomas Brown's beautifully written novel proposes a modern gothic forest far from the tourist trail, a place filled with strange events and eerie consequences.'
Philip Hoare, Author


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Reader Comments

Excellent book, keeps you thinking throughout couldn't put it down
really enjoyable
Enjoyed it a lot! Hope to read more new works soon ^_^
Brilliant. Can't wait for the next.
Lynnwood is a gem. Although it is described as a horror, I would say that it is not entirely typical of this genre. The woodcraft is exceptional. The story is strange, dark and unsettling, but very beautifully crafted. Thomas Brown has such talent with weaving words. I feel very keen to read more!
A brilliant read! Well done Tom. Looking forward to the next one.
Unique and chilling!
Fantastic and interesting reading. Definitely recommend
Fantastic book
This atmospheric novel draws you into the horror that lives within the ancient woods of New Forest. Deliciously creepy! Looking forward to Thomas Brown's next book!
thhhhhhhhhhrilling! (and well written!)
Brilliant book, what a great talent!
Brilliant Book by an imaginative, passionate author!
The imagery in this novel is so beautifully wrought that I preferred to stroll through it rather that read it at speed, pausing often to admire the author's intricate creations.
Absolutely amazing book! Well done Tom!!!
Excellent book, one of my favourites!
Best wishes
This book took me aback - well written, freshly conceived, and brilliant for its genre.
Eerie, first-time author, written well, reminiscent of the style of Stephen King.
Fantasy and horror are done best by Sparkling Books' authors.
An excellent gothic tale that has you in its grip from the first sentence to the last. If you enjoy a heart thumping good read this is the book for you.
Fantasticly creepy and dark, an excellent read.
Great writing, dark atmosphere, and unusual characters add up to a gripping gothic thriller that is impossible to put down.
Loved it - brilliant read!
One of the themes running through Lynnwood is hunger. Hunger for what? You can imagine. But if I tell you, I'll spoil it for you.
Eerie. Just simply downright eerie.
I absolutely adored this and recommend it to horror fans who want something new to read.
Like me you could find yourself introduced to a new writer that you will want to read more of in the future. I'm glad I bought Lynnwood.
I read this book in two sittings, a fast read, and I found it to be very interesting. A dark gothic type of tale that will have you chilled to the bones. A quaint little town that has people going missing in the Midwinter each year, this has been going on for a long time. Outer appearances show Lynnwood to be a nice little village with nice people, an ideal place to live, away from the hustle and bustle of a big city. But not all is what it appears to be as an evil lurks beneath the surface of this village. It took me awhile to figure out what was actually going on, as the author's writing was very poetic and gave nothing away. This is the type of book to read curled up in front of a fire, just don't be alone...I enjoyed it immensely.
Thomas Brown has a tremendous future. Look forward to reading more of his work.
Impossible to put down. Treat yourself to this book, you won't be sorry!
Excellent, thrilling book!
This is a gripping read with great pace. The writing is lyrical and evokes the New Forest setting beautifully. This is a strikingly original debut novel - highly recommended.
Great book! Really well written!
Stephen King - like has you feeling uncomfortable but still wanting to know what comes next
I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Can't wait for Thomas Brown's next book to come out.
Keep your doors and windows locked when you're reading this book!
A really enthralling read by a very exciting new author.
It's been interested
Not sure I will ever look at a forest in the same way again!! It brings a whole new meaning to 'village life'..!
`Lynnwood' is a dark journey not only of the mind, but of the soul. This beautifully crafted tale of the horror that lurks in a picturesque English village is hopefully the first of many to come from this brilliant young author. Mr. Brown's extraordinary talent is evident as he paints a virtual feast for the reader with eloquently chosen prose in this powerfully engaging novel.
I loved Lynnwood, it is authentically creepy but the creepiness wraps up more than mere traditional horror - it's tremendously believable. I'm hungry for more form this author.
A very good, atmospheric thriller/horror. It is an absolute page turner!
Wonderfully creepy, vivid and atmospheric, with some truly shocking moments, Brown gives Susan Hill and Angela Carter a run for their money!
So glad I gave this book a read, the wonderful language completely transports you into the depths of this world. The seemingly mundane village which evolves into a mysterious dark setting with unnatural qualities, I could not put it down
Amazing descriptive writer great storyline
Excellent book great for all horror fans keeps you guesing right till the end.
Great book! beautifully plotted with a lot of impact!
What a nice book!!
Ottimo libro! Perché non lo traducete in italiano? Avrebbe sicuro successo!
kept me reading and reading! highly recommended!
Fantastic book!!
really worth reading this book!
unique tale, with nice characterisation and fine narrative detail. I highly recommended it
Lynnwood is an extraordinary novel. The lyrical style of the writing is beautiful, sensitive & totally captivating. The story is brave and thought-provoking. Thomas Brown is definitely a young author to watch. I'm already looking forward to what his dark imagination produces next. Lynnwood is an outstanding debut and most worthy of recognition.
A beautifully crafted, evocative tale of what lies beneath. An elegant, poetic style enhances the dramatic contrast between the civilised veneer and the darker passions below. This is an outstanding debut novel that leaves you walking through the woods just a little faster than usual! I can't wait for his next novel.
Freya, a single mother, and her children live in a pretty English village where there are some strange things happening. Freya's husband disappeared in strange circumstances and so did other people including the vicar. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give too much away. The way the writer tells it is simply brilliant. Loved every page. I couldn't put it down. I had to find out who/what entity in the forest was responsible. You won't be disappointed nor will you guess who's behind it. It's interesting to see how the plot and events are woven as hints of the theme are thrown up throughout the novel. An excellent story. Can't wait until his next book.
This is an awesome book. The writing is atmospheric and creates an unsettling sense of eeriness. From now, I'll think twice about taking a walk in the English countryside, A must-read for anyone who likes Stephen King.
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