This story isn’t really about me.
On the Isle of Skye, near the community of Dunvegan, sits a rustic old one-bedroom home, waiting for a new tenant. It seems like the perfect opportunity for Jim Greenwood to escape the hectic London city life—a place to move on from tragedy.
This is the story of a house.
As he tries to settle into country life, his is tormented by mysterious soot marks left throughout the house while he sleeps, cryptic e-mails from unknown senders, and hundreds of hand-drawn stick-figure drawings etched in a perfect pattern on the cottage’s cellar walls.
Stay. Beth needs you.
Jim begins losing control, drinking excessively, shaking to an uncontrollable beat in his head, trying to decipher what may or may not be a code—or a warning.
No limbs, no limbs, no head, no head, left arm gone, left leg gone, no legs, no head.
The door is open, and something is coming through. It’s just a matter of when—and what.
Tormentor is the third book written by William Meikle that I have had the pleasure of reading. I’m beginning to think this author couldn’t write a bad tale if he tried. In each story, including Tormentor, I feel as though I am being taken away to Scotland, a place I’ve never seen, but somehow, through the author’s vivid descriptions, it’s like I would recognize it if I ever had the privilege of visiting the country. Meikle has a talent of giving his readers enough details to make it easy to picture the setting, without bogging down a story.
Jim decided it’s time to move away from London, the city where his young wife dies. He buys a house in Scotland and little does he know, the house has its own history. Jim drinks too much while getting caught up in the strange happenings in his new home all while trying to move on with his life.
I’m not usually a fan of haunted house stories, but I am a huge fan of character-driven stories and Tormentor stands out as one of my favorites. Jim and the pain of what he is going through seems very real and when you combine it with the creepy setting, you may start to believe your own house is haunted.
Tormentor is a quick read at only 114 pages long, but it is hugely entertaining and stands at the top of the list of haunted house stories in my book.