Undercliff by Mark Brend #BlogTour

June 5, 2019

It's the summer of 1972, and 30-something divorcee Martyn returns to London after some years away. He joins the Olive Grove, a religious community, where he forms a relationship with Amelia. Over time Martyn becomes suspicious of the Olive Grove's leaders, a pair of apparently ordinary men who can speak in perfect unison, known as the Two. A sequence of ambiguous events might indicate that the Two have malign purposes, though Martyn cannot be sure. These suspicions come to a head when Amelia breaks off with Martyn and appears to vanish. He travels to Devon, where the Olive Grove has a retreat house, in search of Amelia and the truth about the organisation. There, events take several disturbing and unexpected turns.  

Thanks to Kelly at Love Books Tours for inviting me on to the book tour for the debut fictional novel from Mark Brend, Undercliff published by Hornet Books

The story begins with Alan receiving an unidentified manuscript, needing a break from his studies he begins to read and that begins the tale of Undercliff and the Olive Grove group..

1972 , Martyn Hope newly divorced and moving into a new area , lonely, he unintentionally joins the olive grove church group, ran by “the two” Magnus and Simon.

Eventually Martyn becomes disillusioned by his new peers and starts to wander if there is something more sinister at play, then when his new partner Amelia, also a member of the group goes missing without a trace , Martyn beings to point the finger at the group and makes his way to a reclusive property they have in Devon In search of Amelia.

Settings and the descriptions of both central London and then Devon are written beautifully and you can imagine your self in Devon and it’s cliffs.

Martyn is a likeable character, he just wants to settle and almost find something but what’s he finds is possibly bad? The brainwashed cult are almost what you would imagine it to be like and ‘the two’ head honchos are devilishly crafty and sinister and also charming and sincere...

The Book has a brooding feel from the outset, slowly paced as it builds and you wait for the group to reveal its true self.

Tense and quietly creepy, it’s a well thought out interesting read, it kept my attention , and I was always asking questions.


Author Bio

Mark Brend is a writer and musician based in Devon. He has written several books about music and has released six albums uner various artist names. Undercliff is Mark's first Novel.


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