Happy Friday! I’m floating on air today because of a certain ‘site’ reason, but on top of this, we have another great review! Today I am reviewing The Pram by Betty Woodcock!
When Carrie buys a secondhand pram for her eagerly awaited grandchild, she doesn’t realise it is a trap, or expect to be terrorized by her own aborted baby seeking vengeance . . .
And so her nightmare begins . . .
She struggles to hide her revulsion of her scary grandchild, and her fear increases tenfold when it talks to her in her head. Then she begins to see ghosts and is convinced she is losing her mind, and tells no one of her escalating bizarre experiences. When the vindictive blasts of pain in her head coincide with her long-ago lover unexpectedly coming back into her life, she can’t resist asking his advice on how to deal with the weird baby; unfortunately this adds further complications to her problems.
She has to keep him and the malevolent baby apart, because neither know that he is the father.
This was such a clever ghost story. Not enough people do ghost stories now, I think because they are worried they will not be able to do an original twist on ghosts-whereas Betty Woodcock has done it. The blurb didn’t do this book justice, as the chilling twists and turns kept me riveted from the start. Her descriptions were vivid, and believable, as the author did not rush anything, and yet kept the pace bubbling at a steady rate. My heart ached for the main character, and the daughter’s character truly annoyed me, as she was so selfish! But this all points to the author’s talent for creating great characters. The more thrilling aspects of the novel made me shiver and even glance over my shoulder a few times, they were so well written. I think what made this book better, is that Carrie’s outer life seemed so normal, and it was such a contrast to the events unfolding around her-and indeed, inside her mind! This is a very well-crafted novel that flowed so well you didn’t even see events sneaking up on you. On a more sombre note, I also thought the author’s note to her son was very touching.
This was another of those wonderful books with no bad points I could see. However, I do think that cover does not do the story justice, and it might be nice to see something that really made it ‘pop’. This did not of course, pull me away from the story.
A fantastic read, and a ghost story to grab now! This novel was a chilling read through the mind and past fears of a woman, and it dipped into moral issues as well as personal issues for the characters, all blended together to create something altogether fearful and deliciously addictive all at once. Once you pick this book up, you will not want to put it down! Definitely a writer to watch.
I give this novel……5/5 stars!