Christmas Reads, Novella

A Different Kind of Christmas Story, Below Torrential Hill, a review

Karen’s Magic Review

A winner of the Electric Electra Books Novella Competition 2020, I had this on pre-order and hadn’t realised it was a Christmas story.

It’s a very deep, thought-provoking tale about 16-year-old Tristan and his family, and all set over the Christmas period. It takes you on an unusual journey with a comet blazing across the skies sending whispers to the family across the entire story.

It’s an emotional journey for the young lad as he comes to terms with family problems all resulting from the death of his father many years ago.

Supernatural elements add flavour and interest, and all the time it’s heartbreaking and heartwarming. This is a coming-of-age story that presents you with a different take on a festive story.


Book Description

It’s Christmas, and strange occurrences are plaguing the small town of Torrential Hill: a supernatural comet, undead insects, exploding streetlights, and a presence luring people into the woods. But when the mother of Tristen—a wistful, fatherless sixteen-year-old boy—hears voices from the kitchen sink, all he can think of is running away.


Norns Triad Publications presents a Pen to Publication and takes look at Below Torrential Hill. Go behind the scenes with Jonathan Koven, from story concept to the finished article.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.