Brodmaw Bay seems to be the perfect refuge for James Greer and his family. When his young son is the victim of a brutal mugging, Greer wants to leave London – the sooner the better – for the charming old-fashioned fishing port he has just discovered.

But was finding Brodmaw Bay more than a happy accident? What is the connection between the village and his beautiful wife? When his friendly new neighbours say they’d welcome some new blood – in a village where the same families seem to have lived for generations – are they telling the whole truth?

Perhaps the village isn’t so much welcoming them as luring them. To something ancient and evil. As it has lured others before . . .


Brodmaw Bay by FG Cottam

Brodmaw Bay by FG Cottam

Brodmaw Bay is another one of those books I’ve picked up this year that had me hooked before I’d read the first page.  I’m talking about the covert art design of course. A dark silhouette of a distant village – Brodmaw Bay – and the promise of something sinister lurking beneath the surface of the mirky water, what’s not to love? We all love a little something to heighten our senses and make us a little scared, Brodmaw Bay certainly does that!

Written by F.G. Cottam the book works on many levels, it has subtle humour, a very dark and psychological theme and is fairly insular, especially when it comes to the Bay. The Bay draws James Greer and his family in at just the right, or is that wrong, time. They are sucked in to the traditions they find endearing at first but it soon becomes blatantly obvious things aren’t what they seem, the people and the Bay itself hiding a violent and troublesome pass that mixes death and the destruction of a religion.

Although incredibly drawn in by the covert art, sucked in to the story of the Bay just like Greer, I did find the first thirty pages a little sedentary. It took a while to get into the story but there was a point, which I won’t share here for fear of spoilers that drew me right back in. It was from that particular point that F.G. Cottam had me and I read the rest of the book in two fairly quick settings.

I thoroughly enjoyed how he brought in an underlying tale of history, the First World War and the locals that lost their lives during that time including a famous poet. There are ghosts – what do you expect from a supernatural dark story? – and creepy faceless burlap monsters, the threat of a family torn apart by one event.

Over the years James has come to resent his wife’s career, not for the money it brings in but for the simple fact that he no longer has a say in what happens to his family. They have two wonderful and talented children, live in a leafy area of London, life is incredibly comfortable and rewarding but for James something is missing. When Greer’s son is attacked by mindless thugs on his way home from school James rushes to the hospital bed to be by his son’s bedside. It’s at this point, a defining moment in his life, that James decides enough is enough and he begins to take control of his family.

The family dynamics begin to change, insecurities that once threatened help re shape their lives but as they do the past rears its ugly head and the future is brought into question. Characterisation is impressive but the stars of the book for me are the two kids. They are incredibly moreish, level headed – until the creepiness takes hold – and very mature for their age. Like any brother and sister they have their moments but when Jack’s sister has a bad dream – a dream that they all share in one form or other – she goes to his bed and seeks a protective cuddle. The simple things just work.


It wasn’t his mum. It was his numpty sister, Olivia.

‘Can I come in?’

He sighed. ‘I suppose so.’

The door opened and Olivia came into his room, careful to weave a way through the games and DVDs and consoles and remotes littering his floor without damaging anything; careful not to collide with the model aircraft and spaceships hanging on strings from the ceiling.

‘What do you want?’

‘Can I get into your bed? Can I get in for a cuddle?’

Jack sighed again.

‘I suppose so.’

A gripping story that will, just like Brodmaw Bay, suck you in and certainly leave you wanting more. The strong and powerful ending shocked me, surprised me even, and although I – at one point – wanted to visit the Bay, exploring every nook and cranny, I have decided it could possibly be detrimental to my life as I know it if I did! A wonderful experience, moreishly dark and entertainingly immersive – Brodmaw Bay is one not to miss.

Published by Hodder Broadmaw Bay is available in Hardback & E-Book.

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