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Published by Wildfire, 14 June 2018. ISBN:
978 1 4722 4924 1
The Tall Man explores the story behind
the urban myth of the Tall Man, a supernatural being who comes from the shadows
to take daughters away. There are two ways the Tall Man will deal with a young
girl, he will make her special or he will kill her. Young girls across the
country embroil stories about the Tall Man and for some there are dangerous
What makes this book
different is the use of the documentary team as the investigative device. The
fly-on-the-wall documentary, with its insatiable public appetite for turning
murderers into celebrities, merges factual re-telling with intrusive, emotional
manipulation to produce tasteless entertainment, acclaim for the producers, and
The story is told
over three time-lines. In the present day the documentary film crew have
managed to get access to seemingly self-obsessed teenager Amber Banner who was
acquitted of murder. Questions regarding the truth of what actually happened
remain unanswered and the identity of the murder victim is part of the mystery
for the reader. We follow the investigation through the lonely, insecure character
of Greta, the researcher/producer who is being pressurised by her boss to get
the dirt on Amber by whatever means and irrespective of the consequences. All
through the book the reader is left wondering if Amber is guilty of murder or
the unwitting victim of something?
this is the story of a haunted character, Sadie. In 2000 as a new mother,
fearing for her child’s safety Sadie abandons her family completely, severing
all contact. Then, in 2016, thinking that it is now safe, she returns and
starts to build a relationship with her daughter and estranged husband. As the
book progresses, the stories converge, and we find out the unanswered questions
about who was murdered, how and why.
The Tall Man is the debut novel of Phoebe Locke and is listed on Amazon as a
series so there may be more using the same film crew investigative device to
explore other stories, a concept that I really liked.
Reviewer Christine Hammacott
Phoebe Locke is the pseudonym of full-time
writer Nicci Cloke. She previously worked at the Faber Academy, and hosted
London literary salon Speakeasy. She lives and writes in London.
Hammacott lives near
Southampton and runs her own design consultancy. She started her career working
in publishing as a book designer and now creates covers for indie-authors. She
writes page-turning fiction that deals with the psychological effects of crime.
To read a review of her debut novel The Taste of Ashclick
on the title.