Strange and Twisted Things by Holly Payne-Strange Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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A woman forced to start over after a shocking divorce finds herself caught in a battle between love and the essence of evil itself in her brand new Italian home in the novel “Strange and Twisted Things” by Holly Payne-Strange.


The Synopsis

In a quiet village nestled deep within the heart of Italy, an elderly woman finds herself abandoned by her family, the depth of her loneliness almost overwhelming. Seeking solace in a decaying house, Greta clings onto the memories of her estranged husband, whose absence haunts her every waking moment.

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As she steps over the threshold of her new home, the house awakens with an ominous energy, enveloping her in its unsettling embrace. Strange occurrences plague Greta’s days, while chilling whispers echo through its dilapidated hallways. Only one fact cheers her- she is clearly not alone.

Caught between the longing for companionship and the terrifying consequences of embracing darkness, Greta must make a harrowing choice. Will she succumb to the allure of the house’s sinister inhabitants, finally gaining the company she so desperately craves, or will she break free from their clutches and confront the horrors that lurk within?

“Strange and Twisted Things” is a chilling tale set against the scenic backdrop of Italy, where Greta’s unwavering love battles against the very essence of evil itself.

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The Review

This was a compelling and haunting gothic ghost story. The first thing that stood out to me was the exceptional detail and passion for the Italian culture and setting in which this narrative occurred. The heart and respect that went into bringing this setting to life and the imagery the authors used in their writing allowed the reader to feel instantly transported into this story.

The setting allows the reader to feel balanced with the dark and gritty nature of the home and the rich character dynamics at play. The idea of starting over and moving on from the life you knew is an important theme in this narrative and the allure of a life that differs significantly from our own plays well into the chilling nature of the home and the energy within it. The haunting atmosphere and horrors that the author brings to life highlight the heartfelt character development of the protagonist. 

The Verdict

Harrowing, entertaining, and mysterious, author Holly Payne-Strange’s “Strange and Twisted Things” is a must-read horror and paranormal thriller. The twists and turns in the narrative, the engaging character development, and the heart-pounding thrills made this a compelling and haunting read. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

Holly Payne-Strange is the creator of the hit podcast series Echoes, as well as being an accomplished novelist. Her poetry has been published by various publications including Curating Athena and Door Is A Jar magazines, as well as featured in a live installation by Rising Sun Productions. She lives with her wife and three cats. She spends much of her time in England and has a particular passion for the Italian language, which she is fluent in.

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