Welcome to my stop on the A Season of Whispers blog tour, brought to the world by the team at Storytellers On Tour. The creepy factor was high in this one, so it was perfect to read over Halloween.
Synopsis – In the summer of 1844, Tom Lyman flees to Bonaventure, a transcendentalist farming cooperative tucked away in eastern Connecticut, to hide from his past. There Lyman must adjust to a new life among idealists, under the fatherly eye of the group’s founder, David Grosvenor. When he isn’t ducking work or the questions of the eccentric residents, Lyman occupies himself by courting Grosvenor’s daughter Minerva.
But Bonaventure isn’t as utopian as it seems. One by one, Lyman’s secrets begin to catch up with him, and Bonaventure has a few secrets of its own. Why did the farm have an ominous reputation long before Grosvenor bought it? What caused the previous tenants to vanish? And who is playing the violin in the basement? Time is running out, and Lyman must discover the truth before he’s driven mad by the whispering through the walls.
A Season of Whispers is a supernatural gothic horror novella coming in at 130 pages. On each page Kuhl paints a vivid description, pulling us into the story, setting the scene and ramping up the overwhelming feeling of impending horror. From the lush setting, to the exquisite characters, every part of A Season of Whispers is exactly how it should be. I loved the way the characters spoke and interacted, I could see them like I was watching a movie.
The story and time lines are weaved together in such a way that you have to keep your wits about you while reading. The writing is clever and I often felt like I wasn’t the exact reader needed for the book. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I think there is a lot more to get out of the book then I was able to get. It flowed well, with each character fully fleshed out with their own voice. It was a great read, which I think many are going to love.
Released: 8th October 2020 – Publisher: Aurelio Leo – Amazon
Author Bio – Jackson Kuhl is the author of the Gothic novel A SEASON OF WHISPERS and the Revolutionary War biography SAMUEL SMEDLEY, CONNECTICUT PRIVATEER. Kuhl has written for Atlas Obscura, Connecticut Magazine, the Hartford Courant, National Geographic News, Reason, and other publications. He lives in coastal Connecticut. You can find Jackson on Twitter – Website – Instagram
About the publisher – Established in 2016, AURELIA LEO is an independent publisher and bookseller. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, we specialize in diverse speculative fiction, namely: horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Our flagship titles are Helios Quarterly Magazine, Selene Quarterly Magazine, and Invictus: Quarterly Comics and Illustrations.