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Sixteen Horses

Sixteen Horses

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2000s: Welcome to the dying English seaside town of Ilmarsh

  • ISBN: B08NK15W4V
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

Near the dying English seaside town of Ilmarsh, local police detective Alec Nichols discovers sixteen horses’ heads on a farm, each buried with a single eye facing the low winter sun. After forensic veterinarian Cooper Allen travels to the scene, the investigators soon uncover evidence of a chain of crimes in the community – disappearances, arson and mutilations – all culminating in the reveal of something deadly lurking in the ground itself.

In the dark days that follow, the town slips into panic and paranoia. Everything is not as it seems. Anyone could be a suspect. And as Cooper finds herself unable to leave town, Alec is stalked by an unseen threat. The two investigators race to uncover the truth behind these frightening and insidious mysteries – no matter the cost.

Travel Guide



The fictional setting of Illmarsh

There is nowhere called Illmarsh in the UK thank goodness. This is not a real place in the book but the setting of nightmares. It is a dying and decaying seaside town that you wouldn’t want to go anyway.

There are  many people living precarious and impoverished lives here. Illmarsh  is a bleak town that is dying yet still barely alive. On Well Farm, close to the sea, they find 16 partially buried horses heads with an eye facing up to the sky, their their tails nearby. That is just the start of your welcome to this macabre and horrific setting.


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Destination/location: Ilmarsh  Author/guide:  Greg Buchanan  Departure Time: 2000s

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