An intriguing dance between two ages
Usually, when I read a new story, be it here or elsewhere, I find myself left a little put off by a lack of real concrete mystery in the first act that forces me to hope for more as the story goes on. In the case of The Syderstone Ghost, however, I find it had its claws in me from the moment I opened the first page.
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The Syderstone Ghost balances its chapters brilliantly between an aged story set far in the past and a story more modern, one set in the long-gone ages of 16th Century England while the other is set closer to home in the 20th. This dichotomy between the two ages works well to echo the disconnect between them, both chronologically and, for the sake of the story, thematically.
Overall, The Syderstone Ghosts leans heavily into the old scary tales we were told on castle tours as kids, where tour guides would tell us of mischief and espionage and showers us in a bouquet of familiar, but expertly written intrigue. I look forward to reading more.