The Dark Chorus - Ashley Meggitt
Rating: ★★★★ (4/5)
The Dark Chorus
Oblivio salvationem Angelis opperitur
Oblivion awaits the Angel’s salvation
The Boy can see lost souls.
He has never questioned the fact that he can see them. He thinks of them as the Dark Chorus. When he sets out to restore the soul of his dead mother it becomes clear that his ability comes from within him. It is a force that he cannot ignore – the last shard of the shattered soul of an angel.
To be restored to the kingdom of light, the shard must be cleansed of the evil that infects it – but this requires the corrupt souls of the living!
With the help from Makka, a psychotically violent young man full of hate, and Vee, an abused young woman full of pain, the Boy begins to kill.
Psychiatrist Dr Eve Rhodes is seconded to assist the police investigation into the Boy’s apparently random ritualistic killings. As the investigation gathers pace, a pattern emerges. When Eve pulls at the thread from an article in an old psychology journal, what might otherwise have seemed to her a terrible psychotic delusion now feels all too real…
Will the Boy succeed in restoring the angel’s soul to the light? Can Eve stop him, or will she be lost to realm of the Dark Chorus?
The Dark Chorus opens straight way in The Boy's world, the boy can see the lost souls of the afterlife and is desperately trying to free the soul of his dead mother, this initially goes very wrong for the boy but introduces us to the other key characters of the story; Eve the police psychologist, a violent angry young man called Makka and Vee an abused young girl. The teens form an unlikely friendship and we the reader follow them as they navigate their way through the world attempting to collect corrupt souls and restore the angel whilst battling their own demons and trying to avenge those who have done wrong to each of them.
Meggitt is a highly skilled writer who sets the scene straight way, The Dark Chorus is a paranormal, psychological thriller verging on horror, I think it's incredibly difficult to write an engaging and enticing horror as you are relying on the readers imagination in order to create that atmosphere, this succeeded. It was dark, gritty and nail biting all the way through! I found that I had to concentrate to really understand and follow the story, it was definitely worth the effort but this a story you need to commit to reading!
There was a lot I really enjoyed about the story, however my favourite aspect was the relationship between the three troubled, chaotic and damaged teens; The Boy, Makka and Vee. Their friendship seems unlikely upon their first interactions, as the story develops learn that Makka and Vee are an integral part of the story but more than that their friendship is a beautiful one to follow, we also see how it makes the characters develop because of it. I found it had a really eerie vibe, I also loved the way Meggitt uses colours within the novel to divulge information, the way the colours allow The Boy and the reader to see into the souls of others, I found it was like a simple code within the story.
I haven't read that many paranormal horror style novels, this was a little bit out of my comfort zone, it was definitely worth the risk, it made me feel uncomfortable and spooked in a good way and I'll be keeping an eye out for any of Ashley Meggitt's future work!
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About the Author:
Ashley Meggitt lives near Cambridge, UK, with his wife Jane. He left school to join a psychedelic rock band when he realised that sex, drugs, and rock and roll was a thing. Subsequently he went back to education and became head of IT for a Cambridge University College. In recent years Ashley has retrained in psychology and is now an associate lecturer in sports psychology. He is studying for his PhD. He also holds an MA in Creative Writing. The Dark Chorus is his debut novel.
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Thank you to Rachels Random Resources and Ashley Meggitt for provided a free copy of The Dark Chorus in exchange for an honest review and the opportunity to take part in this book tour! You can follow the book tour over at rachelsrandomresources on Instagram.