David Castleton The Standing Water
‘Quality fiction with a gothic edge … I’d urge anyone who likes dark, well-written, complex fiction to give it a try.’
‘A meaty, enthralling novel … if you’re looking for a read that’s challenging and original, I’d recommend picking up a copy.’
‘A great piece of gothic-tinged literary fiction that envelopes your imagination. It’s a ‘can’t put down’ novel that leads the reader on a mysterious path, leading to many surprises and unexpected events.’
‘What a book this is – dark, engaging, poetic, otherworldly, deeply shocking at times, and very difficult to put down. For someone like me who loves language, it was a real treat, and Castleton’s mastery of English is often nothing short of stunning.’
‘I enjoyed this novel. The characters are deftly developed. The narrative is well-written. The storyline is creative and unique.’
‘This book was great! Dark and mysterious, written in beautifully flowing prose, I just couldn’t stop reading till I’d got to the end.’
‘A meaty, enthralling novel … while the novel has a serious message, the book’s filled with a sly, lively humour that had me chuckling out loud a few times.
Imagine a strange post-modern love child of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain, sprinkle that baby with the magical realism of a writer like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and you’re maybe getting close to describing The Standing Water.’
‘I found The Standing Water utterly intriguing. It sucks you into a dark world in which the boundaries between imagination and reality flicker and blur. The sense of place Castleton conjures up is eerie and all-enveloping. His use of language is superb and I occasionally felt I was reading poetry rather than prose. Despite its high literary standards, however, I found The Standing Water easy to read and – if it’s not too much of a cliché – quite a page-flipper.’
Rural England could be an odd place. Enter a hallucinatory world where legends of ghosts and curses drift with the fog across the flatlands, where Old Testament myths have a habit of playing themselves out under heavy English skies, and where life’s brutal realities threaten even the young and innocent.
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