Page Count 62/ POV First person
Publication date March 2014/ Publisher Dreaming In Fire
Price £2.08/Free with K-U Purchased From: Amazon Kindle (30/05/18)
“First comes the Ruin. Society crumbles. Then comes the snow. A handful of survivors flee to a Cornish mansion, seeking peace and safety. Instead they find themselves under siege from the things now inhabiting the snowscape outside … fleeting, terrifying things seen from the corner of the eye.
As the danger and horror builds, they come to learn that there are also enemies within.”
Tim’s entire back list landed high on my TBR after reading ‘The Silence‘, it gripped me from beginning to end in a way I’ve struggled to find in recent horror releases. The kind of tension that makes you hold your breath whenever the character does and doesn’t let your eyes leave the page for even a second whilst danger is imminent. I’ve yet to review The Silence because I want to do it justice, and hopefully coincide with the film release.
If you’re looking for character backstory and an apocalyptic explanation you’ve picked up the wrong book, but that is exactly what makes this work. The back story is minimal. We only know that there is a world catastrophe known as ‘The Ruin’ which provides the basis of a story revolving around six characters holed up in a Cornish mansion. The truth is, we don’t need any more information than this. I found it refreshing to be catapulted straight into the action, no initial info dump, no slow build up.
By omitting the irrelevant Lebbon has given us compact characters with enough to encourage investment whilst keeping the focus on the main event. The world building is precise in it’s description making the scene easy to imagine without the need for excessive detail. I felt it gave the novella an extra edge- the fear of the unknown.
Tim Lebbon- White is short, sharp and scary.
I read White during my lunch break, sitting alone in a small office with the air-con on high, ideal surroundings for an invasion style horror set in the snow. This novella is perfect for a commute, night-time read or an action packed palette cleanser between epic novels.