Paralyzed from the waist down during a shoot-out, Caitlin Brook has moved back to her childhood village overlooking the Fasach Wood. Visited by Martin Thornton, a reporter who witnessed the shooting and ran to protect her, Caitlin initially believes that he is interested only in her ''story,'' but soon a romance develops. Then Caitlin's wheelchair is pushed into the riverParalyzed from the waist down during a shoot-out, Caitlin Brook has moved back to her childhood village overlooking the Fasach Wood. Visited by Martin Thornton, a reporter who witnessed the shooting and ran to protect her, Caitlin initially believes that he is interested only in her ''story,'' but soon a romance develops. Then Caitlin's wheelchair is pushed into the river by a strange beast and she nearly drowns. Rescued by Sheila Garvie, a charismatic local healer, Caitlin soon sees that more than her spirits are being restored--so are her legs. Martin, suspicious, has Sheila's herbs analyzed and learns that the ingredients are the same as those used by Druidic shamans circa 2000 B.C. to summon the stag-antlered demon, Cernunnos, whose power is made graphically apparent when wanderers into the Fasach Wood are treated to revoltingly painful deaths at the hands (limbs) of trees. The increasing number of gory deaths propels Martin into a confrontation with Sheila--and a final cataclysm. Interesting Druidic lore augments this well-written romp, but it's only for those who can stomach blood-filled horrors described in precise detail....
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Still Life Reviews
I must confess to not being a fan of the horror genre and as a result i went into reading Joe Donnelly's Still Life with much trepadation. In the end though my fears were all for nothing. The book being one of the most terryfying books ive read in many a year. The story goes of a women named Caitlin Brook who ends up in a wheelchair after being shot. She goes to live in the small village of Linnvale near the mysterious Fasach Woods. During the day she lives a quiet life but at night in her dreams she runs like the wind that takes her closer to her destiny in the woods.The story moves along with first reporter Martin Thornton then the eccentric healer Sheila Garvie come into her life. Martin having been present when Caitlin was shot and feeling a connection with her after having a premonition of Caitlin's impending destiny and Sheila who saves Caitlin from drowning then gives her potions that miraculously heals her to make her walk again. Naturally Caitlin thinks Sheila is a miracle worker and would do anything for her but Martin is highly suspect and soon discovers the horrible truth about Sheila. But will he be in time to save Caitlin?Still Life has many good things going for it with likeable and believable characters, a well thoughout storyline thats full on scary and even a strong message about the environment. My only little minus is that the story was at times predictable but even that not enough to put me off what was an riveting read that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Bold and delightfully bloody Still Life is a horror lovers delight.
This book, written by Scotsman Joe Donnelly,feels more than anything like a watered down version of something James Herbert might write. Although having said that, I did quite enjoy this book for it was certainly well written - sometimes wonderfully written - and at times it was also scary. The best thing about this book, however, is its originality. The story of an evil enchanted forest sounds quite cliche but then I can't think of many stories that ever utilize it. And regardless of that, Donnelly uses a lot of imagination to make these particular woods very interesting and sinister. This book isn't amazing by any means, but I would certainly be keen on reading another book by Mr. Donnelly if I ever happened across another...
I wasn't sure if I had read this book before & I had...though I didn't remember enough of it to spoil the story. In brief, Caitlin, paralysed in an accident, seems to have some sort of psychic bond with reporter Martin who "witnessed" her accident. Doctors have told Caitlin she'll never walk again, but Sheila Garvie (a druid) gives her fresh hope but at what price?The story weaves in tales of Celtic mythology & ley lines which I find fascinating. I enjoyed the fact that in this book the trees of Fasach Wood are the "baddies"! You certainly don't want to go down to these woods where if the trees don't get you, huge mushrooms or strangling creepers will! Not really the book to be reading while you're travelling through the leafy glens of Scotland...you start to look at trees in a whole new light ;o)
In order to be given the powers of longevity, among other powers. The high priest Seilach Garbhaidh (Sheila Garvie) must make human sacrifices and awaken the power of the forest, making the ancient Caledonia forest 'deadly' to all those who set foot in it.'Still life' is a very intresting read
One of the best horror books I have ever read.