Horror Fiction Reviews

Father of Lies

A Darkly Disturbing Occult Horror Trilogy
Book 1
By S. E. England



Story Synopsis

A darkly chilling supernatural horror novel.

With no known identity or family, Ruby is the most violently disturbed patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. After two years with no improvement, Dr Jack McGowan eventually decides to hypnotise her. With terrifying consequences.

A horrific dark force is now unleashed on the entire medical team, as each in turn attempts to unlock Ruby’s shocking and sinister past. Who is this girl? And how did she manage to survive such unimaginable evil?

Set in a desolate mining village, where secrets are tightly kept and intruders hounded out, their questions soon lead to a haunted mill, the heart of darkness…and the Father of Lies.

Sleep tight.

Content Review

Father of Lies is an enthralling and powerfully written supernatural horror tale with complex characters and sequences.

The characters are wonderfully three dimensional. I could not only sympathize and empathize with them, I could hear them speak.  Their actions, reactions, thoughts, and dialogue were all very realistic.  This is one of many testaments to England’s skill as a writer that is evident in this story.

Another facet of England’s skillful writing presents in the complexity of the story itself.  England alternates between present and past as the story is steadily built chapter after chapter.  No word is wasted.  The tension is incredible.  It pulls you along.  You want to keep reading.  But it also makes you think.  The mystery surrounding the events keeps you thinking even when you are not reading the book.  This is why I say it is enthralling.

I received this book almost by mistake.  It was a happy blunder where I was gifted books from my reading list instead of my wish list.  Had I known how well written this intelligently presented story was, I may have purchased it for myself months ago.  I love an intelligently written story with good characterization and this fills the bill. This is shelf worthy.  I anxiously look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.

A note to US readers: Many of the books I read and review, like this one, are written by authors who are not in or of the US.  The writing style, grammar, and overall tone of the story generally reflects that.  Keep in mind that things you may not understand may very well be cultural.  England’s use of varying UK dialects in this story are amazing, but may present oddly to you.  Look it up before you judge it.  Thanks.

Print Length: 312 pages
Publication:  March 2016
Occult Horror

Get it on Amazon: US Link

Get it on Amazon: UK Link


About the Author: S. E. England (Sarah E. England)

Sarah England is a fiction writer based in the UK. She trained as a nurse in Sheffield before working in medical sales & specialising in psychiatry (South Yorkshire) – a theme which carries into many of her stories. A prolific magazine writer she had hundreds of short stories and serials published all over the world before her first novel was published in 2013.
At the fore of Sarah’s body of work is the bestselling occult horror trilogy, ‘Father of Lies’. All three books in the series are now available in kindle, paperback or audio format, in addition to which there is kindle box-set. To date nearly 700 reviews have been written across amazon for this popular but chilling trilogy, with much more to come in the genre.
If you like short stories, ‘The Witching Hour’ is a collection of 20 previoiusly published thrillers, serials and tales with a twist.


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