Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall, published by Hot Key Books on 6th August 2015
Heather agrees to a group camping holiday with Dougie and his friends because she's desperate to get closer to him. But when the two of them disturb a pagan burial site above the beach, she becomes certain that they have woken a malevolent spirit. Something is alive out there in the pitch-black dark, and it is planning to wreak deadly revenge.
One year later Heather knows that she was very lucky to escape Black Cairn Point but she is still waiting for Dougie to wake from his coma. If he doesn't, how will she prove her sanity, and her innocence?
This was a super creepy read with one hell of a twist at the end. Just when I thought that the story was about myths and pagan legends, it turned out to be something else entirely. I loved the fact that it kept me on my toes and challenged my perceptions. I really want to read it again now because it will be like seeing the characters and their actions in a whole new light.
Heather, along with her best friend Emma, Emma's boyfriend Darren and their friends Dougie and Martin, head off together on a camping trip. The story alternates between the events that transpired during their excursion and current day Heather, one year on and still seemingly recovering from her experience. She tells of an evil spirit that seems intent on wreaking havoc on their small group but the question is, will anyone believe her?
It is not often that I can be completely surprised by a book, but Claire McFall definitely managed that. 'Black Cairn Point' was creepy, chilling and wonderfully thrilling and I enjoyed every second of the story. Normally I like to race through to get to the big finale, but I took my time reading this book and enjoyed savouring every bump in the teens' journey. I was most definitely on the side of Heather throughout the story, as she tries to convince her Doctor that she is not crazy and she was not responsible for what happened to her friends. I really sympathised with her and I liked her as a main character, which made the ending even more brilliant.
A highly recommended read and I will be looking out for more by Claire McFall in the future.