The Bitter End
A supernatural thriller

 By Ann Evans & Robert D.Tysall 

About - The Bitter End

 

Paul finally has his life back on track. After losing his wife, Helena, in a horrific car crash, he has found love with Sally and moved into her country cottage. As a former high ranking Naval Officer, Paul is now Head of Security for MI5.

Paul has no memories from before he was 10 years old. An accident left him in a coma for 9 months. But was it really an accident?

Soon Paul starts to have flashes of childhood memories, all involving his childhood friend, Owen. 

Awful things start to happen and local people start dying in horrific accidents. Are they just tragic accidents or is something far more sinister at work?


Published by Bloodhound Books.

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The woman, perhaps in her forties, maybe younger – they aged quickly here at Auschwitz, those who didn’t die – eased herself up from amongst the tangle of naked corpses as if she was rising from the dead. She was naked like the bodies around her, hair shorn to no more than stubble, sallow cheeks and sunken eyes. But very much alive.

The soldiers looked to one another. No one willing to pull their gun and shoot. One soldier ran to fetch the commander. He came in from the August sunshine, peered into the chamber.

“Nicht moglich! Not Possible!’

‘Hexe!’ the word echoed from wall to wall…

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The sound of heavy running footsteps made them spin round. The old woman burst through the woods, a look of hell in her eyes as she took in the scene. 

And then she screeched. ‘Theron!  You killed my cat!’

She picked up a rock.

'Shit! Run!’ Owen yelled. 

They shot off in opposite directions. Paul ran for his life, but she was right behind him. Glancing back, she was like a mass of swishing blackness, long clothes, long legs, face as ugly as sin, but incredibly nimble for her age. 

He didn't see the tree root and in the blink of an eye he was flat on his face in the dirt. He scrambled onto his back just in time to see her towering over him, rock in hand.

Frantically, he skittered backwards on his elbows, desperate to get away…

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Standing in the centre of the high-ceilinged barn, with the sunlight on her, she looked like she was on a stage, the spotlight highlighting her beauty. ‘This house had been vacant for a while when I bought it. I guess the previous owner was a craftsman. I imagine if the windows were scrubbed this would make a great workshop.’ 

Paul strolled around the barn, impressed by its spaciousness and the warmth of the sunlight and the glorious smells of timber. He picked a piece of wood from the floor, just a piece the size of his hand and felt the rough texture of bark against his skin. His thoughts flew backwards. 

He was staring down at small grubby hands whittling away at a piece of wood with a penknife. The knife had three blades and a corkscrew, and the middle of the handle was inlaid with red plastic. He was sitting on the stump of a tree in short trousers, pumps and grey socks. And Owen was building a bonfire.

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Extract from blog: Booksaremycwtches

For me The Bitter End was dark, scary and a very addictive read. I was enthralled throughout and frankly more than a little bit terrified in places. So much so, I was glad to be reading it at a time I was not alone in the house. I admit I’m scared easily, but this fantastic book left with the urge to constantly check behind me when I was reading. While next doors cat, who loves to spend her days in my garden or asleep in my lap, was studied for unusual behaviour! The twist and turns gave the book and added element of tension and left me turning the pages as rapidly as possible to see who ultimately won, Paul or the dark elements behind the horrific events. The story really reels you in and holds to tight within its embrace and your caught in a trap almost, wanting to look away and yet not being able to, because you need to know that evil does not win. It’s a fantastic concept and gives this book an edge that helps it stand out from other equally great thrillers on the market at the current time.
I am hoping this is not the end of Paul who was a fantastic character, a great combination of nice guy, but with emotional and psychological issues that date right back to his childhood. You can’t help but root for him, wanting him to recover from years of emotional heartbreak and not be engulfed by a force determined to wreck havoc on the world around him. The supporting characters are great as well, Sally his partner, was great and I admit, that I even wanted the cat, despite being a bit of a devil, to not be destroyed in the maelstrom.
The Bitter End is what I look for in a thriller, jaw dropping action, great characters, lots of twists and turns with an extra bonus, elements of horror that left me feeling unnerved and more than a little frightened. I hope that these two writers work together again, because it is a great partnership.
If you like thrillers then this is a great one. Fans of Dean Koontz will love it, but so will any reader that just wants an addictive, tension filled read. 

Extract of blog post from Hair Past A Freckle

   

Most of the action in the book takes place in 2018; Paul has found love again and the story sees him returning to the village he grew up in as he moves in with Sally. At this point in the proceedings I could really picture The Bitter End as a horror film. The suspense builds gradually with just the odd hint at first that things aren't quite right. Paul and Sally seem to have an almost idyllic relationship but even though there are plenty of scenes which underline their love and desire for one another, there is always a feeling that things are not as perfect as they may seem. Even at this stage in the novel, there's an ominous sense of foreboding; we know something terrible is going to happen but we don't know how or when. It's almost a relief when the first death does occur although it's a short-lived respite as Paul gradually begins to understand that though he has years of experience dealing with dictators and terrorists, he now facing a far more dangerous enemy.
The story is mostly told in the third person from Paul's perspective but there are occasional snippets from the evil being which help to ratchet up the fear factor that bit more as we realise long before that characters that they are considered to be little more than puppets,  ready to do the bidding of other forces. I liked Paul, he's not perfect but as a young boy and as the man he grows in to, he is obviously principled and prepared to stand up to those stronger than he is when necessary. There's something enjoyably macabre about wondering which of the other characters will fall victim to the supernatural terror because not everybody will make it to the end of the book...
The pace of the story increases towards the end with the concurrent escalation of tension meaning I almost needed to read through my fingers. The Bitter End is a spine-chilling and unsettling novel with a clever plot which I can easily see being expanded further in subsequent novels. I thoroughly enjoyed this rather scary read and look forward to being unnerved in the future by Ann Evans and Robert D. Tysall.


Extract from Blog: cheekypeereadsandreviews

This is another one of those books where I’m so happy I signed up for a blog tour. I know that if I’d have heard there was a supernatural thread running through this I’d not have picked it up. However after reading the blurb I signed up for a blog tour and I’m so glad I did because this is a book I’m glad I didn’t miss out on reading. 

Paul hasn’t had it easy but his life seems to be getting better after meeting Sally and moving in with her. A strange turn of events has him second guessing every thought he has. 

This was a great read. I sat this afternoon in the sun and read it in one sitting. Although it took me a while to adjust to the supernatural aspect I thought it was a well written story. It was certainly a page turner as I found myself glued wondering what was going to happen next. 

Gotta mention all the birds that decided to join me in the garden today while I was reading this. I’ve never heard them so vocal. The crow was quite noisy while reading parts of this story. Now as I’m sitting here writing this review there’s no birds to be heard. Strange or what !!!!

Sue B. NetGalley 5 stars.

  

Thank you to NetGalley, Bloodhound Books, and the authors Ann Evans and Robert D Tysall for the opportunity to read this ARC of The Bitter End.

Wow! What a book! From the very beginning of the story, the reader is immersed in all the action. The storyline was well thought out and fast paced.. You cannot do anything but keep turning the pages until you reach the stunning conclusion. This is not a book you can pick up, read a few pages and put it down again. A book of this calibre needs to be read in one sitting. 

I have no hesitation in recommending this novel, and cannot wait to read more from the authors. Hopefully, that won't be too long!

Philomena. Netgalley. 4 stars.

This is another one of those books where I’m so happy I signed up for a blog tour. I know that if I’d have heard there was a supernatural thread running through this I’d not have picked it up. However after reading the blurb I signed up for a blog tour and I’m so glad I did because this is a book I’m glad I didn’t miss out on reading. 

Paul hasn’t had it easy but his life seems to be getting better after meeting Sally and moving in with her. A strange turn of events has him second guessing every thought he has. 

This was a great read. I sat this afternoon in the sun and read it in one sitting. Although it took me a while to adjust to the supernatural aspect I thought it was a well written story. It was certainly a page turner as I found myself glued wondering what was going to happen next. 

Gotta mention all the birds that decided to join me in the garden today while I was reading this. I’ve never heard them so vocal. The crow was quite noisy while reading parts of this story. Now as I’m sitting here writing this review there’s no birds to be heard. Strange or what !!!!

Ashley T. Netgalley. 3 stars.

(We've taken out the spoilers) Here's Ashley T's final summing up:

  

The Bitter End was fast paced, dread inducing and a very dark suspense novel. The characters develop quickly and the story doesn't miss a beat. Any readers interested in the darker side of the supernatural genre should give this book a read...if you dare!

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About the Authors

Ann Evans

 

ANN EVANS: was born in Coventry, West Midlands, and is a multi-published author. She writes books for children, young adults, reluctant teen readers, romance, crime and thrillers. She's also a freelance feature writer working in conjunction with Robert D. Tysall in his capacity as a professional photographer. She has three grown up children and is a member of the SWWJ, the RNA, the CWA and NAWE.

Visit: http://www.annevansbooks.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/ann.evans.7165


Robert D. Tysall

ROBERT D. TYSALL: was born in Rugby and played the sport the town is famous for until he discovered music and photography.  Playing in bands has taken him as far afield as Bahrain in the Middle East. He is currently lead vocalist and percussionist in a 60s & 70s duo. He has two grown up children and lives in Warwickshire with his wife, Heather. He is multi published in the photography field and The Bitter End is his debut novel.

Visit: http://www.tysallsphotography.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/robert.tysall

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 When they aren't writing thrillers, Ann and Rob are out interviewing people for a variety of different magazines who they work for on a freelance basis. Topics range from tanks to toys, from dinkies to dogs and from cakes to collectables. They have many hundreds of published articles. Checkout their Words & Images UK page  on Facebook.  


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