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What a fine book this is from Duncan Ralston. At its heart it is a ghost story. However, the numerous themes throughout the book actually make it into something much more. Religious fanaticism, PTSD, faith, belief. These are all subjects that form the foundations of what is a very good story. The story tells of Owen. A man whom returns to his old home town to try and piece together the reasons for his sister's death. The story unfolds slowly but I never wanted the pace to increase. Owens search is agonising as he uncovers the dark truth of the town and it's church that reside at the bottom of a lake. There are some genuinely creepy scenes, handled very well. Ralston's prose is clear, easy to digest and has a really nice flow. Not too wordy, but providing you with enough information to get a real sense of the surroundings. The ending was emotional and incredibly satisfying. For his first novel it is a superb effort and lovers of slow burning, emotional and supernatural thrillers are well advised to check this out. My highest recommendation. 5 stars.