Raymond Nickford has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University College of North Wales and is a former lecturer in English Literature. **raymondnickford-psychologicalsuspense.weebly.com**
Set on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. A literary and psychological suspense.
Aristo's obsessive need to trace and belong to his family - even though he was told they were all burnt and left unidentifiable during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus - has estranged his English wife, and is gradually distancing his only child, while in turn, Pavlos has an increasing need to belong to a father who will make time for him.
As the practices at Papas’ late-night museum ‘staff meetings’ unfold themselves to Pavlos, the boy is led deeper into a sinister confrontation with what Papas calls his ‘family', but which brings him, through the ancient face-masks and relics, to unquiet souls of Greeks believed to have been thousands of years dead.
A strong blend of eeriness, suspense, an outsider's need to belong, the poignancy of lives but where there is still sun to shine between the clouds.
Cyprus, father and son, belonging, roots, moving, literary fiction, atmospheric, romance, Modern Greeks, hypnotism, ancient Greeks, mystery, suspense.
'All the characters are built up so stealthily we fail to notice that odd behaviour could develop into obsession and dark foreboding secrets.'
Daniel Manning – author of No Compatibility
'Taps into the psychological attributes of its characters.'
T. L. Tyson – author of Seeking Eleanor
' Atmospheric, vibrant, spooky page-turner. '
Reay Tannahill - historian, novelist and author of The Seventh Son.
' The sense of atmosphere and place developed is exquisitely detailed. '
Jack Hughes – author of Dawn of Shadows
'The author gives great voice to his characters, describing well their idiosyncrasies. A good story must either go deep or wide, and with Nickford's background in psychology he goes deep within the human condition.
Stephen Valentine - author of Nobody Rides for Free
' Beautifully observed characters, atmospheric, intriguing. '
Barbara Erskine – author of River of Destiny
'The meticulous, obsessive nature of paranoia is beautifully depicted.'
Jann King – author of Making Connections