BLOG TOUR: Mr Jones by Alex Woolf

Title: Mr Jones by Alex Woolf
Published by: 
IndieNovella
Publication date: 
January 2022
Genre: Horror/Psychological thriller
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK – Waterstones

Synopsis:

Ben hears noises in his basement and witnesses weird goings-on in his local park. His eight-year-old daughter Imogen starts receiving messages from someone claiming to be her missing mother. And then there is Mr Jones —the man who haunts the imaginations of the children at Imogen’s school. But they are just stories, surely? Ben soon develops a creeping suspicion that someone is out to kidnap his daughter. Are his fears real or a result of his own stress-induced paranoia?

My review:

Mr Jones is a creepy and claustrophobic read that’s perfect for fans of horror and psychological thrillers.

It follows Ben who’s raising his daughter, Imogen, single-handedly after her mother disappeared ten months ago. While Ben thinks Susan is dead, Imogen insists that not only is she still alive, but she’s been taken by a mysterious figure known as Mr Jones who wears a grey suit and a panda mask. He haunts the imaginations of the children at Imogen’s school and they are the only ones who can see him. When Imogen starts receiving messages from someone claiming to be her missing mother, Ben is terrified that the messages are really coming from Mr Jones and that he intends to kidnap his daughter. I don’t want to say anymore about the plot in case I spoil it, but it was such a creepy read and one of the best horror/psychological thrillers I’ve read. 

Alex Woolf does an excellent job at creating a claustrophobic atmosphere that left me feeling chilled to the bone. Mr Jones has a very menacing presence throughout as he’s always on the periphery. His presence throughout casts an ominous cloud and I was waiting with bated breath for him to strike. It was particularly scary when Imogen claimed he was standing right near her but Ben couldn’t see him. It added so much mystery and intrigue to his character. I was desperate to know why he only seemed to appear to children and where he’d even come from in the first place. 

As the story progressed, I was questioning everything that was happening and how reliable Ben was. I was questioning what was real and what wasn’t, as well as Ben’s state of mind. Ben starts off a very confident character but that’s slowly chipped away the more entrenched he becomes in the mystery surrounding Mr Jones and he becomes quite unstable, so I found myself wondering how much of what he saw and said I could trust. There’s so many excellent red herrings surrounding Ben that it became impossible to predict who Mr Jones was or what was going to happen. I was completely gripped by this mystery and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

The only part of the book I didn’t enjoy was the ending. It was a bit convoluted and confusing to follow and I wasn’t really sure what was happening or if it was even real. I might need to read it again to understand it a bit more.

Mr Jones is a mind-boggling psychological thriller and perfect for a spooky night in. It’s an enthralling read that will grip you from start to finish. I highly recommend it!

Thank you to Literally PR and IndieNovella for sending me a copy of this book for review and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour!

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