Book Review: Darkview: Psychosis by R.J. Bathgate & M.J. Hall

Darkview-PsychosisTitle: Darkview: Psychosis

Author: R.J. Bathgate & M.J. Hall

Genre: Psychological Thriller / Horror

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 4,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.


Take a journey into the disturbed, delusional mind of Jack Cyrus … take a journey into Darkview … a small, remote coastal town, deep within the Scottish Highlands. The sleepy, isolated spot bears a sinister, horrific history, shrouded by a chilling secret. A secret one man must unveil, which will ravage his soul … and sanity!


Jack Cyrus is in damnation! After witnessing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, he has become plagued by dark memories and devilish visions, the result of post traumatic stress. Compounding his trauma, he is faced with the sudden death of his wife, from cancer, after returning home to Scotland. Lost and alone, and struggling to forget the horrific circumstances surrounding her passing, Jack has developed schizophrenia, experiencing chaotic, disturbed thoughts and demonic hallucinations.

On the sixth anniversary of his wife’s death, Jack receives a cryptic, hand written letter from her, telling him she is still alive. Suffering and held captive, she pleads with him to return to Darkview, the place she spent her last days, and rescue her from purgatory. Upon arrival in Darkview, strange things start happening, and what appears to be a centuries old mystery, starts unravelling itself. Jack must piece together the clues and lost fragments of his sanity to solve the unravelling mystery. Is any of it real, or is it just a manifestation of Jack’s mind, or another facet of his schizophrenia?

Darkview: Psychosis is a thrilling, dark, disturbing read about Jack Cyrus, a man on the verge of damnation, and his descent into madness. Jack saw unimaginable horrors during the Rwandan Genocide, and as a result, started suffering from PTSD. To make matters worse, upon returning home to Scotland, he’s faced with his wife’s sudden death. Lost, on his own, he struggles to deal with the schizophrenia that takes hold of him, and drags him into the darkness, as his thoughts grow increasingly more disturbing.

Six years after his wife’s death, Jack receives a cryptic letter from her, telling him she’s still alvie, and help captive in Darkview, the place where she spent her last days. Jack travels to Darkview to find out what truly happened, but instead runs into more strange occurences, more secrets and ancient mystery. As Jack pieces together the clues, and tries to hold on to his sanity, the question begs if what is happening is real, or just another facet of Jack’s growing schizophrenia.

The writing was excellent, and flawlessly kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters were interesting, in particular Jack – he was intriguing, with a lot of different layers to his personality, and unraveling what was real and what wasn’t was a fascinating task. The story is dark and disturbing, with just the right amount of creepiness.

I would recommend this book to all horror fans.


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