BLACKSTOKE By Rob Parker @robparkerauthor @RedDogTweets #Blackstroke #bookreviewer

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In a quiet cul-de-sac on the newly-opened, much sought-after Blackstoke housing development, the first handful of families are moving in.

These neighbours, thrown together for the first time, are looking forward to settling into their bright new lives — with varying degrees of enthusiasm. The estate couldn’t be nicer, but it’s a big change for everyone.

Then things start to happen. Bad things. As if something doesn’t want them there.

As the new residents try to make sense of events, the buried history of the area makes itself suddenly, deeply apparent — with a series of shocking, violent escalations.

Soon, no one is safe, as the original powers of Blackstoke return to reclaim their territory and birth right in a final night of dark revelations, gore and bloodshed.


WOW, JUST WOW 😳 not quite sure where to start with this book, it had me so gripped I read it in one sitting. The story builds slowly as we get to know the characters, and then bam the action from the middle to the end is non stop, creepy, gory and just grabs you, I was literally sat pulling faces at the descriptions given.

I know growing up I would make up ghost stories and creepy stories, living in a small village next to a graveyard sort of does that to you. But Rob Parker’s imaginings are much more vivid and scary than mine ever were.

Peter west, his wife Pam, and their two children, Jacob and Alice, have just moved into Iron Rise on Broadoak Avenue. Broadoak ends with a cul-de-sac, there is a slightly grander house opposite where MP Fletcher Adam’s, his wife Joyce and twin boys live. He’s a bit of a misogynistic slime ball. Just across from the Fletcher’s house is the smallest property in the new development, Grace Milligan lived here with her dog Dewey a big Irish Wolfhound, he was actually her parents dog, but they wanted Grace to have him for company and protection in her new home. Then we have Quint and Wendy Fenchurch an elderly retired couple, Quint had been a police officer, now they were looking forward to retirement or at least Wendy was she had the garden she had always wanted. The last house in this small cul-de-sac belonged to David and Christian and their baby Olivia.

The neighbours are gradually introducing themselves to each other, but after a few days harmony is disrupted as some accusations get thrown around. But this is just the start of what is to become a not so nice cul-de-sac to live in. With bumps that go in the night, a guinea pig in the washing machine just for starters. What is the smell that the neighbours keep smelling and where is it coming from?

What or who is the strange looking man that Quint sees on his cctv? He puts it down to someone who has got lost on the estate, but is that what it is?

When they purchased the properties the residents were told that there would be a guard on security but where there is no sign of security?

When is the rest of the estate going to be built? So far there are only these 5 houses completed.

This book will grip you, it will hold your concentration. But dare you read it at night?

An absolute definite 5⭐️read I would give it more if I could. If you are looking for a good thriller/horror/creepy tale then grab yourself a copy of this. Looking forward to see what Rob Parker comes up with next. It will be on pre-order as soon as it’s written.


Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in a village near Warrington, UK. the author of the Ben Bracken thrillers and the stand-alone post-Brexit country-noir Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs.

Rob writes full time, as well as organising and attending various author events across the UK – while boxing regularly for charity. Passionate about inspiring a love of the written word in young people, he spends a lot of time in schools across the North West, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative-writing.

He is also a co-host of the For Your Reconsideration film podcast, and a regular voice on the Blood Brothers crime book podcast.

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