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A Shadow On The Lens by Sam Hurcom

Genre: Crime
Source: Compulsive Readers

About The Book

1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl by the name of Betsan Tilny has been found murdered in the woodland – her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help.
As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering around the body of the dead girl – the face of Betsan Tilny.

My Thoughts

When the narrator starts the story with a little note, be prepared for a very real story, there’s always a good reason for the note! 😉
Thomas Bexley is a photography forensic who has done so good his job that every time there’s a mystery the police calls him to investigate. But this will not be one of the jobs he is used to, since the beginning he senses that there’s something strange on the case. The body has been moved, the agents investigating the case don’t seem to have any real intentions to discover the truth, and then there’s something more…
With a murder to solve, Thomas will start having hallucinations and fever; all related to a mysterious monster of the woods. It would seems silly, but if you are surrounded by people that believe in it and you start sensing something strange too, what would you do?
The story is based on 1904, where folklore and legends were more credible than science; and this had made the story a really hunting book! Because the reader doesn’t know what to trust, the rational part that says that they are simply hallucination or the heart that says there’s a monster?
I was totally scared with this book, is scary hunting and so well written that I wanted to hide behind the duvets from time to time! Because A Shadow On The Lens is not a light read, is the book that will haunt your dreams. Ready?

About The Author

Sam Hurcom was born in Dinas Powys, South Wales in 1991. He studied Philosophy at Cardiff University, attaining both an undergraduate and master’s degree. He has since had several short stories published, and has written and illustrated a number of children’s books. Sam currently lives in the village he was raised in, close to the woodlands that have always inspired his writing.