The Dark Chorus is the suspense-filled debut novel from one of Cambridgeshire’s brightest new writers Ashley Meggitt.
Ashley lives near Cambridge, UK, with his wife Jane. He left school to join a psychedelic rock band when he realised that sex, drugs, and rock and roll was a thing. Subsequently, he went back to education and became head of IT for a Cambridge University College. In recent years Ashley has retrained in psychology and is now an associate lecturer in sports psychology. He is studying for his PhD. He also holds an MA in Creative Writing. The Dark Chorus is his first novel.
Oblivio salvationem Angelis opperitur
Oblivion awaits the Angel’s salvation
The Boy can see lost souls.
He has never questioned the fact that he can see them. He thinks of them as the Dark Chorus. When he sets out to restore the soul of his dead mother it becomes clear that his ability comes from within him. It is a force that he cannot ignore – the last shard of the shattered soul of an angel.
To be restored to the kingdom of light, the shard must be cleansed of the evil that infects it – but this requires the corrupt souls of the living!
With the help from Makka, a psychotically violent young man full of hate, and Vee, an abused young woman full of pain, the Boy begins to kill.
Psychiatrist Dr Eve Rhodes is seconded to assist the police investigation into the Boy’s apparently random ritualistic killings. As the investigation gathers pace, a pattern emerges. When Eve pulls at the thread from an article in an old psychology journal, what might otherwise have seemed to her a terrible psychotic delusion now feels all too real…
Will the Boy succeed in restoring the angel’s soul to the light? Can Eve stop him, or will she be lost to realm of the Dark Chorus?
The Dark Chorus is filled with suspense from the first page, it’s a book you really have to pay attention to, but it’s well worth it. It’s a graphic and dark read but it’s so beautifully written by Ashley that it all feels weirdly ok and that you are in safe hands. Written in the first person from the point of view of the boy who is never given a name it’s insightful as it makes you think about every day things we take for granted.
It’s a novel that ticks many boxes for a reader as it spans many genres and is one we highly recommend. You can get a copy of The Dark Chorus here.