I received a copy of When Angels Fear in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are, of course, my own.
I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this tour.
When Angels Fear
Publication Date: September 6, 2020
Length: 282 pages
Exhausted, desperately seeking sanctuary from a terrifying partner, Emma arrives in the pretty English village of Flammark. But she cannot rest. A strange sleeping sickness stalks the village, and a young woman has disappeared. Why won’t the police investigate? As events unfold, Emma becomes embattled yet again, compelled to fight for her life, against a deadly curse linked to a past about which she had no knowledge. She is the only one able to vanquish the evil, but doing so will entail confronting a horrific and all-too-familiar enemy.
The question is, after all she’s been through, will she be strong enough?
I’ve been writing blogs and stories off and on for years, but quite new to writing novels. My background is in teaching – I ran my own English and Drama departments in three inner city schools – then became the owner of a radical bookshop. Now I write full time.
I love supernatural storytelling, since it allows the inclusion of real human issues within my writing. Let’s face it, who hasn’t been touched by evil in their lives at one time or another? “When Angels Fear”, my first novel, deals with domestic violence and how Emma – the main character – overcomes her shattered confidence to prevail over the evil which oppresses her.
It’s important to me that my characters are both real and relatable. I’m a total fan of Joss Whedon and Stephen King and love the way they create ensembles of characters that live on in the mind long after they’ve been watched or read. Humour is important to me to – I hope readers of my fiction will get that. The last thing I want to offer is a dry read!
I adore my garden, my animals and my husband – probably in that order, lol. Other obsessions include Scrabble. Total addict. It’s why I sleep so badly. I’m glued to the Scrabble app until the early hours!
My Thoughts & Takeaways
When Angels Fear by P.J. (Polly) Mordant is one of those books I’m not sure would have crossed my paths had it not been for this tour but I’m so glad it did. I’m unsure if it’s healthy or not, but as a survivor of abuse, I’m instantly drawn towards these types of stories –– whether fiction or non. When Angels Fear is a fiction “supernatural thriller” horror novel that at it’s core is an abuse survivor’s story.
So, what’s the supernatural element? Well, buckle up Misha (Supernatural) fans because angels walk the earth in this world too. I’m not religious and most certainly not of the viewpoint that only one religion exists so I don’t necessarily care for religion aspects, but it didn’t bother me in this sense.
Some difficult topics are approached and explore throughout –– abuse, obviously, but what comes afterwards –– often the hardest part. Survivors guilt, forgiveness, self-forgiveness, and other feelings many abuse survivors cope with.
The ending tied up nicely with room for more books which makes sense since this is the first of the Flammark series. Looking forward to more by Mordant.