27 November 2018

Room 119: The Whitby Trader


By T.F. Lince

Paperback 278 pages
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 
(12th Dec 2017)
ISBN-13 978-1979854320

📕My Review

Life comes spectacularly crashing down for high-flying City trader Dean Harrison when a deal worth millions goes disastrously wrong. Having lost his job and on the verge of suicide, he follows advice from an elderly stranger and books into Room 119 at Welnetham Hall Hotel for what he thinks will be much-needed recuperation and self-reflection.

It soon becomes apparent something strange is happening to Dean. When he checks-in to the hotel, everyone knows his name. Even more disturbing, he discovers he's travelled on a disused train line to get there. Then he notices a shadowy dark figure following him. . .

Room 119 was an immensely enjoyable and competently written debut novel by author T.F. Lince. To be perfectly honest I was half expecting a second-rate plot with underdeveloped characters but what I got was the exact opposite. It was a really good read and one I highly recommend.

The story was imaginative, original and extremely entertaining. After just a few chapters I began to care deeply for Dean Harrison and where his life was heading. I realised I was becoming invested in this book and the journey it was taking me on.

With an eclectic mix of characters (yes, even a clown!), I was kept busy trying to figure out how all the pieces fitted together. I would never have guessed in a million years - it was really clever! I went into this book with reservations but came out converted. It was jolly good.

My thanks to author T.F. Lince for providing me with a copy of this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating 

📗The Blurb

Room 119 is an urban contemporary fantasy. A mystery thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page, A real page turner that will keep you up all night. Would you like the keys to Room 119?

High-flying trader Dean Harrison has it all – the London penthouse apartment; the fast car; the beautiful wife. But when the threads of Dean’s life start to unravel, they do so with alarming speed.

Following the advice of a frail stranger, Dean sets off for Welnetham Hall Hotel and is plunged into the mysterious world of Room 119 – a world where nothing makes sense. How does everyone in the hotel know his name? Why does he travel there on a train line that shut down over fifty years ago? And who is the sinister man in black who pursues him wherever he goes?

As he gradually pieces together the puzzle of Welnetham Hall, Dean is forced to re-evaluate his life and realises that nothing is more important to him than his wife and daughter. Desperate to get back to them, he vows he would lay down his life for the people he loves.

It’s a promise he may have to keep.

📘The Author

Trev Lince originates from Marske-by-the-Sea on the North East coast of England, but now lives in Darlington with his wife, Claire. 

Their daughter, Annie, is a very good guitarist and is setting up a band, playing every pub in the North East that she can. She’s so rock and roll, living the dream while her father is approaching his mid-life crisis.

A keen golfer and frustrated Middlesbrough FC fan, Trev gets to as many matches as work and leisure time allow. He writes in what little spare time he has, when not working as a IT Consultant for a major oil company in Surrey.

Room 119 – The Whitby Trader is Trev’s first book and he really enjoyed the experience of writing it. Who knows? He may have a few more stories bursting to get out of his head.

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