I love reading a good horror story, I think that we all love a good scare now and again. So what can I say about The Screaming by David Graham? In one sentence, it’s absolutely brilliant and riveting, a book that I just could not put down!
The Screaming is a supernatural thriller blended with horror and a love story. Teenage children across the world are losing their minds and killing their parents before committing suicide.
In the USA, 18-year-old Brandon P Marshall, a straight A student, wakes up one morning and takes two handguns and walks downstairs and kills both his parents before killing himself in front of his three one-year old siblings. There is no reason why this should have happened.
In the UK, teenager Tania Goldman takes aerosol cans and uses them to set fire to her parents and then herself after her siblings have gone to school. Again, no reason can be ascertained.
In London, Dai Williams has a very special talent and can look into the minds of people, he calls this “Hocus Focus”. But with this talent comes a huge cost; he has to live inside his own Faraday cage to shield out electromagnetic interference. He considers himself to be some sort of superhero and when reporting to the police that Tania was going to commit a violent crime, his life changes forever.
Detective Sergeant Dale Franklin from the Kansas City Police Department in the US, the Centre for Disease Control, MI5 and Dai are tasked with finding out why these kids are killing themselves. Is the world is under a very new and deadly terrorist attack and if so from who and why?
Overall, as I said at the beginning of this review, The Screaming is absolutely brilliant and riveting, one that I just could not put down! It has a quirky storyline involving murder, the dangers of invisible threats from electronic devices, telepaths and romance.
The characters are great and have some depth to them and Her Majesty the Queen even has a starring role, it even manages to squeeze in a DeLorean DMC-12 (the car from Back to the Future).
Whilst there is some gruesome violence, it has been very well portrayed without taking it into the absurd or over the top situations that some horror novel have a tendency to do. There is also room for humour to add some light to the dark.
David Graham’s The Screaming is a very unique and fascinating story that is extremely well-written, easy flowing and thrilling. Despite all the different genres being introduced into the story, it works very well to make a very interesting, imaginative and exciting read.
If you love horror or supernatural thrillers then I can highly recommend reading this, I really don’t think that you will be disappointed.
RRP: £12.99 (Hardback) / £6.99 (Paperback) / £1.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.