'A senseless murder. A terrifying legend. A family haunted.

1990: In the darkest woods, three girls go looking for the Tall Man.

2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.

2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.

Three chilling events, connected by one shadowy figure.

The tall man lives in the woods. He sees everything. He comes in the night and he takes you away. He is a murderer. He has killed his own daughter. She didn’t do what he wanted.

He can make you special if you ask him.

THE TALL MAN is coming...'

This book made for an interesting reading experience.

I could wait to read this book after reading the synopsis. I did enjoy this book but I was underwhelmed by it aswell. My main issue with this book was the characters.

The story itself was really interesting and I was really captivated by it. I couldn't wait to find out what had happened and where the story was going. I didn't find it so much a horror or thriller just a disturbing story, but that didn't really bother me. I was still pretty creepy.

I'm not a huge fan of books that jump. Whether it be jumping character perspective or in this case time lines, it just bothers me. I understand why this tool was used in this story, there was a lot of ground to cover and we need to understand the history of what had unfolded yet I found the constant jumping from different timelines really hindered my ability to get lost in this book.

As I said my main issue with this book was the characters. I couldn't relate or even like any of them. I think it was because of all of the time line jumping. I didn't get to spend enough time with any of them to actually care about what had happened to them. This was a problem when I came to me caring about how the story ended. I couldn't have cared less about what happened to them, the only thing I actually cared about was were the story was going.

Not being able to invest any interest in the characters really bothered me. I wanted to feel for them because I really liked the story being told but I just couldn't. This made for an interesting reading experience for me. I didn't care about the characters but I liked the story. It was a strange feeling. By the end of the book I realised that my overall feeling was one of little emotion. I just didn't feel anything. I felt like I had read some sort of educational material.

I have never had a ready experience like this so I am still torn as to whether or not this was a good book. I have come to the conclusion that the story was good but it didn't have any life. I can see this book being popular but for someone like me who likes character based stories it just left me feeling underwhelmed.

The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke is out now.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker