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Amongst The Mists by M.L. Raynor.

Originally Posted on Chicks, Rogues and Scandals on 11 October 2021.

Amongst The Mists by M.L. Raynor.

Genre: Thriller, Horror

It was the most anticipated summer break of their young lives.

For Bran Lampshire, that summer of 1986 would be far different. The lure of a wilderness adventure sends him and his friends on a troublesome journey that would see them far from home and into the isolated shadows of the Sleathton Estate. In a forgotten land where nature thrives, an unexplained mist settles upon the shaded grounds. And stories were told of events so chilling, they were forcibly buried over time.

Lose yourself beneath the endless trees. And discover that legends are sometimes so much more than ghost stories. 

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Amongst the Mist is completely different to anything I have read before, to be perfectly honest I don’t usually pick up a horror/ ghost story type book but something about this compelled me to give it a go and I am pleased that I did venture out of my comfort zone as despite a few initial reservations I did enjoy the book and will definitely read more of Raynor’s work.

This tells the twisty tale of three boys; Bran, Marcus and Jack who as boys do go off on a big adventure, but their joyful adventure into the wild goes all wrong when something happens. An event that takes everything they knew and what we know out and twists it into unimaginable places.

I liked how the book is laid out, with the breaks between chapters where we follow little Olivia, but who is this scared little girl and what in the hell has she got to do with anything? Well, that will be telling, what I will say is that she may shatter your heart into a thousand pieces with her innocence and her fear.

This will have the hairs standing on end it’s creepy, chilling, and shocking, the temperature with drop and you feel every haunting uneasy emotion as the boys and Olivia creep beneath your defences and pull you into their shadowy and darkened world where all is not as it seems. You will feel the chills, the wind whistling and little bumps of the house settling in the night will have you on edge.

I can tell you another thing, you will seriously think twice about going into the woods alone – I take my dogs through the woods for their walks and despite knowing them like the back of my hand, I did a few times look over my shoulder after reading this. You can’t help it, this is one of those books which creeps into your mind.

Amongst the Mist is a darkly absorbing, gripping and utterly terrifying, but as with most ghost stories it’s not so much what happens that can creep you out it’s how it impacts your mind and your imagination, that you will think of what happened in the book long after finishing reading and still have you looking over your shoulder.

Rayner is an unbelievably gifted author, the way he swirls mistiness and mystery around the reader is amazing, you feel every chill and every fear as though you were right there in those woods too.

Overall, if you’re wanting something a little different, something to make you jump and keep you hooked then this is the book to try – just don’t read it at night 


Born and bred in the county of Staffordshire. Matt is a keen reader of classical, horror and fantasy literature and enjoys writing in the style of traditional ghost stories. During his working life, Matt joined the ambulance service in 2009, transporting critically ill patients all over the UK. After writing his first novel, Matt was welcomed into the family of Question Mark Press publishing and now dedicates his time on future releases. His hobbies include genealogy and hiking, and he enjoys spending time with his wife, Emma, his children, and his family.

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