Oakfield is my 9th novel and took 25 years to write. This book is important. Probably the most important book I have produced to date. Because it represents the first in the series. Because it is my beginning, as an author, and in some way it represents an end (of this phase).
It has launched with a bunch of excellent 5-star reviews from early-readers. Here’s a sample:
Oakfield by David J Rodger is an amazing and engrossing read. Annabella Spaulding, her husband and her two brothers travel to Cornwall with a business partner/accountant friend to appraise and possibly sell their deceased grandfather’s house, which Annabella has unexpectedly inherited. The house is in an isolated position and holds a locked basement room which holds a monstrous secret – something is held inside and wants to get out. The pushy and unpleasant owners of the nearby mine show they will stop at nothing to get the house. Set in the near future, the story mixes Gothic horror with futuristic monsters whose extraterrestrial cruelties leave the reader gasping for breath. As the story’s characters develop and the problems facing them seem insurmountable I challenge you to try to put this book down! Recommended for Sci-fi and non sci-fi fans alike, David J Rodger has created a fascinating glimpse into the unknown, and has wound together family problems, romance, and horror. Fantastic!
A brilliantly gripping book right from the first paragraph. Rodger is up there with the master authors in my view but he paints vivid pictures without the excessive verbosity that we all know can be tedious. The characters are easy to visualise and the story line weaves effortlessly between, the normal, paranormal, supernatural and occult. I don’t think you will be disappointed!
A really great book. A cast of fully realised characters enmeshed in a steadily paced unfolding mystery; a mix of hope and brooding doom played out in a lonely and ancient corner of the deep West Country. This is a solid slice of modern Lovecraftian horror, and an addition to a growing list of excellent novels set in a well developed near-future world. Recommended!