The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke

Unsettling and utterly creepy, The Tall Man kept me guessing till the end not only about what the hell is happening, but also what genre I’m actually reading.

The Tall Man by Phoebe Locke

Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Published: 14th June, 2018
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Series: N/A
Rating: 4

1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.
2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.
2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.
Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.
He is the Tall Man. He can make you special

Little girls in the woods, trying to summon the Tall Man to make them special, whatever that means. Disturbing, but surely nonsense. Or is it? Throughout the whole story I debated whether the Tall Man is actually real (and I could be special too, hehe), and we are going into the sort of paranormal territories I was introduced to by authors like Stephen King and Dean Koontz, or if there’s an actual explanation to all the shit that went down in one of the timelines set in the past. I have to admit, until the very end I couldn’t decide. Awesome! Love it when a book keeps me on my toes!

1990. Four little girls on a mission to become special through the powers of some mysterious figure. Urban legend? Actual possibility? Fuck knows, but I was creeped out for sure. Little girls are vicious and not something to mess with. They reminded me all to well of some of my elementary school classmates with their cruel nature and inherent nastiness.

2000. Sadie Banner disappears, last seen with a tall man. Possibly. Who can be sure? Her husband is baffled, alone with their two-week-old baby. Postpartum depression or something more sinister?

2018. Amber. Eighteen years old, and famous for all the wrong reasons. Some call her the spawn of Satan. Is she evil? Is she a victim? That’s what Greta, a documentary film maker is trying to find out. The week she spends with Amber does not give her the answers. On the contrary. More questions arise as we delve into the details of Amber’s past couple of years. Who died, and how?

A cleverly written mystery, The Tall Man will lead you astray and chill you to the bone.

Be careful. You don’t find him… he finds you.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. You’re the second person I know to review this one with a resounding recommendation! I have to add this to my wish list or hope I can find it at the library. πŸ˜€

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    1. Yay πŸ™‚
      I hope you like it!
      On UK Amazon it’s now Β£0.99, not sure if it’s available where you are. Sometimes i can buy stuff off different Amazon, sometimes i can’t.

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      1. I always forget about Kindle and Amazon. I know I have about 20 unread books already on my iPad, because I’m so bad at reading on the damn thing!

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    1. Hmm… nothing brutal comes to mind.

      There’s a part when one of the little girl characters freak out and accidentally hurts herself and an adult, but not really badly.

      And then there’s a murder scene, but i don’t recall it being too graphic.

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