I am a huge Adam Nevill fan and was so excited to hear he had written a new book. When I received The House of Small Shadows in the mail I opened it immediately and began to read. The cover is quite macabre and a good introduction to the story. This plot took a few chapters to pull me in, but once hooked I couldn’t put it down. Catherine is an interesting character whose reaction to her surroundings proves to be the biggest terror of all. I found myself constantly trying to make connections and became disoriented along the way. That is all part of the ride when reading a creepy tale such as this one. Dark fiction fans beware- reality and horror have never collided so seamlessly before. You may have to turn on a light.
Catherine's last job ended badly. Corporate bullying at a top antiques publication saw her fired and forced to leave London, but she was determined to get her life back. A new job and a few therapists later, things look much brighter. Especially when a challenging new project presents itself — to catalogue the late M. H. Mason's wildly eccentric cache of antique dolls and puppets. Rarest of all, she'll get to examine his elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals, depicting bloody scenes from World War II. Catherine can't believe her luck when Mason's elderly niece invites her to stay at Red House itself, where she maintains the collection until his niece exposes her to the dark message behind her uncle's "Art." Catherine tries to concentrate on the job, but Mason's damaged visions begin to raise dark shadows from her own past. Shadows she'd hoped therapy had finally erased. Soon the barriers between reality, sanity and memory start to merge and some truths seem too terrible to be real... in The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill.