Carrion In The Crow’s Nest tells the story of Jane, a former horror writer who now writes stories for kids. Jane has a good life, with a husband and two children. But her past haunts her, the abuse she suffered still has lingering effects on her and her world. One day, she finds a novel in the post titled Carrion In The Crow’s Nest, and as she reads, she realises the book is detailing her own life.
The second of the novels I read from Scardiff, I really wanted to like this. I’ve been reading a few self-published/indie published novels since I started this blog, and each and every one was much better than I expected. This, however, was not. Carrion In The Crow’s Nest’s main character is flat and, to be honest, boring. Almost all of the characters felt like that, actually. Like 2D cut outs, put in there just as plot devices rather than bringing anything solid to the story. Jane herself suffers from a phobia of schools, and Stanford makes a huge deal out of this when it shouldn’t be the most interesting aspect about her. Even her love of horror feels flat, put in there simply so she comes across as a horror author.
The plot itself contains one major twist, and again, it’s literally just a plot device. There’s no hints towards the presence of this character, no subtle signs towards it at all, which makes it feel like it was thought of as the book was coming to a close, like the author just realised towards the end that they had to make the author of the novel a surprise. It really didn’t work.
On top of all that, the book is riddled with typos. It’s also written in the past tense. Now, don’t get me wrong, some people can pull that off. Some. But it’s very difficult and in this book, it makes things a lot worse. And yeah, the typos. The writing didn’t flow well, it was awkward to read and difficult to get through. A lot of it also didn’t make sense, the scenes were jumpy and jarring, going from one thing to another way too quickly. No suspense or tension either, which is kind of a must in a plot like this. The book could really do with an editor. (Or, at least, a better one if there was an editor involved)
Saying that, I am going to give Scott Stanford another chance. Mainly because I picked up another of his books (there was an offer on getting both of them), without realising it was actually a sequel. So, we’ll see. Maybe, just maybe, the other books will be a bit better.
Skip Carrion In The Crow’s Nest. It’s really, unfortunately, not worth the time.