The truth is over by there
released OUT NOW! 544 pages | Paperback/ Ebook
Author Neil Spring
Publisher Quercus Books
Ever looked up at the night sky and hoped to spot a flying saucer? Wondered if those strange lights might be an alien spaceship rather than a plane? Well, get ready to stare intently at the ground instead from now on, because The Watchers makes the idea of UFOs terrifying.
Set in deepest darkest Wales in the late ’ 70s, it packs in more unexplainable incidents than a whole season of The X- Files – plus a generous dollop of Cold War paranoia. Robert Wilding, a parliamentary researcher, reckons the American military is up to no good at a remote base near his childhood home, so he sets out to investigate. But the conspiracy he uncovers would give even Mulder nightmares.
There’s something irresistible about the way each layer of the mystery is peeled back, and Neil Spring has a wicked turn of phrase. His description of the Watchers – “their faces are made of shadows”, shudder – is the kind of thing you remember in the middle of the night and really wish you hadn’t. But the balance of realistic and supernatural terrors gets a bit wobbly at times, and there’s not much in the way of characterisation. Still, bonus points for finding another way to make Maggie Thatcher scary. Sarah Dobbs
There really were UFO sightings in Broadhaven: in 1977, 14 kids reported seeing a spaceship and a silvery alien.