The Story

“Imagine what it would be like for someone to build a palace to house your body when you’re gone. Things can last forever if you really want them to.” Elise Porlock

England, March 2016. On a snowbound Easter Sunday in the fictional market town of Tollgate, all four members of the Porlock family gather for the final time in The Signal House, the Victorian family home that will soon be demolished to make way for a new housing estate.

The principal characters are the father Roger, a retired airline pilot and frustrated adventurer, the mother Elisabeth, a former dancer and spiritualist, the eldest son Michael, a self-help guru on the verge of marital breakdown, and the youngest son Sebastian, a failing primary school teacher and social misfit.

On this Easter Sunday, it’s 11 years to the day since the family’s youngest child Elise went missing in woods near the home aged 15, never to be seen again. 

As time and nature close in, the family embarks on a journey of remembrance from ancient Egypt to Victorian England and into its own troubled past, awakening long-repressed voices which refuse to be silenced.

In his debut novel, Philip Parrish delivers an absorbing psychological mystery about the nature of possession – and a haunting tribute to the enduring power of the female voice.

Game of Life is available to buy now on Amazon as an e-book or in paperback.

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