Down into the Darkness
Tony Jenks lives alone in a small first floor flat in an Edwardian House.
There are three other flats in the building. Downstairs, lives Dick Riches with his aging parents. Upstairs lives Doc Maureen Hall, anxiously waiting on her monthly visit from her married lover, Gerald, while across the hall, opposite to Tony, lives Derek Chamberlain, ever eager to stop and gossip about the latest man in his life.
Four ordinary flats, full of ordinary people, in modern day Britain, until one night Tony Jenks goes to bed, alone as usual, when he hears noises the likes of which he has never heard before.
Tony's journey down into the darkness has begun.
This is a short book (140 pages) but an easy to read one that will interest you from the very beginning, and keep you interested right through to the end.
Here's a couple of book reviews of Down into the Darkness:
Having read several of David Carter’s books, I think it would be impossible to be disappointed by his tales. He guarantees a sound, thoroughly researched, well thought out story written with precision, constantly driving the reader forward, anxious to discover just where the story is going.
This novella is no exception, it contains all of the above which for me is the hallmark of excellence being able to retain a reader regardless of whether the subject matter is less than appealing, which certainly was the case for me.
I’m not into the gory, messy minutiae of uninvited death to life in any form, but if this is your bag then you’ll love this one.
Who can say what’s going on in an old Edwardian house divided into four flats? Written in the first person we are introduced to the occupants by Tony Jenks, an insurance claims assessor who works closely with Kesh Grindles, a blonde haired twenty-six year old natural beauty, for whom he has a cautious, respectful, sneaking admiration - due to the fact she’s married, of course.
That’s the front, however poor Tony is drowning in desire for her and is more or less resigned to the fact there’s no chance, or so he thinks.
Hearing strange noises in the night she becomes central to his support, for this is something he’d rather not share with his companion residents.
Eager to help she appears to have offered him a solution but does it work? Has she identified the cause of the terrifying noise in the first place and what kind of trouble is she storing for him with his landlord?
Once again Carter uses his social observation skills to brilliant effect, for his neighbours prove to be a totally convincing diverse bunch of characters I wouldn’t want to live next to either, all having their own peculiarities which pitch into the story, heightening the curiosity and tension.
In line with this spine-chilling tale is a highly unusual conclusion to the denouement which as you will have sussed, is the conclusion but not quite the end.
I never hesitate to highly recommend David Carter’s books and this is no exception. If you are looking for a fast-moving thrilling tale then this is the one for you.
This brilliant author deserves to be read and I feel, regardless of genre preferences, his natural story telling ability is such, those who appreciate good writing can but enjoy his work.
And here's a second review:
Another brilliant book by David Carter! A completely unexpected and chilling ending that left me feeling rather paranoid about what could be happening under my floorboards as I sleep!!! A very enjoyable story :-)
And here's another review that has just come to hand:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining and gruesome! November 21, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a novella length book and a quick read, both entertaining and gruesome ... a delightful blend. I think I’ve just come across a new favourite author of mine, and right after finishing this, I’ve downloaded one of his other books, The Life and Loves of Gringo Greene.
The narrative is written in omniscient narrator, but reads as 1st person in the earlier part of the book, only zooming further out to encompass other characters later on.
And the writer executed this shift excellently. This, for me, is one of those rare books that has that special spark of magic, and I give it a resounding five stars.
Thank you for that!