Publication: 29th August 2018
A young drifter is in deep trouble, his sister is his only hope…
Lucy’s younger brother has gone missing. When she sets out to find him, the trail takes her to Night Town. It’s a rural backwater deep in the forests of south western Australia.
Lucy tries to enlist the help of the local police, but she is met with hostility. She befriends a man who might help her cause. Yet he is not quite who he says he is.
As the locals begin to resent her presence in the town, danger quickly mounts. The town has secrets and they seem to centre on the enigmatic Samuel Nightmesser, its wealthy benefactor.
What connects her missing brother to this grim boondock? And why do the townsfolk want rid of Lucy?
As the story unfolds we are immersed in a creepy, claustrophobic drama in which everything is at stake. If you like books with a strong female lead that keep you on the edge of your seat, you’ve found your next favourite read.
I read SMALL TOWN NIGHTMARE in one evening, not only because the novel is not that long, but especially because I was completely engrossed. The author’s clear and flowing writing style kept me glued to the pages and I loved the well-crafted plot and the engaging characters.
Lucy is a journalist and she is looking for her brother Tim. Tim is a drifter, moving from place to place, but he would have never missed Lucy’s birthday a few days earlier, so when the police is no help, Lucy jumps into her car and drives to the last place he was seen, Night Town, a rural community in South Western Australia. As the local people seem to be hiding something, Lucy turns to Damon for help in finding Tim. Damon claims to be a drifter as well, but he seems to know much more than he is letting on.
I liked the character of Lucy. She lost her parents when she was young so she’s always been overprotective of her brother. She is brave and strong and determined. As a journalist, she is not afraid to investigate and ask questions to find him, even when the situation turns dangerous.
The novel is fast-paced and the tension is always high through the pages because, like Lucy, you feel from the beginning that there is something strange going on in Night Town. The creepy small town atmosphere that never leaves the pages is perfect to give the novel a spooky horror-movie feeling that kept me on edge the entire novel. The novel is twisty, engrossing, and compelling and I was really drawn to the author’s captivating writing. With a claustrophobic setting, a strong female protagonist, and an unpredictable plot, SMALL TOWN NIGHTMARE is a thriller I highly recommend and I’d like to thank Emma Welton for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.
Anna Willett is the author of Backwoods Ripper, Retribution Ridge, Forgotten Crimes, Cruelty’s Daughter and the best-selling thriller, Unwelcome Guests. Her new release, Small Town Nightmare is available on Amazon. Raised in Western Australia Anna developed a love for fiction at an early age and began writing short stories in high school. Drawn to dark tales, Anna relishes writing thrillers with strong female characters. When she’s not writing, Anna enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her husband, two children and their dogs.