‘Does for the moors what Jaws did for beaches’
Tim Webber, a teenager at boarding school, and his friends Baggy and Nick take a dare to sneak out of the dormitory one night and steal crocodile eggs from a nearby zoo, but the prank ends in tragedy with Nick being killed and Tim taking all responsibility.
Fifteen years later, after the death of his father, Tim returns home to Somerset to run the family stone masonry, but there is a sinister undercurrent to the idyllic village setting that seems to harbour a dark secret.
People have been disappearing, and it all seems to be centred around the old quarry. Tim meets up again with his old friend Baggy, and to their horror clues mount. It appears that the time has come for both Baggy and Tim to pay for their actions of years ago. Those crocodile eggs that came home with Tim hatched…
“Supposedly a comedy horror, The Hatching is neither funny nor frightening. It’s certainly odd, but not in a good way. Further hindered by almost glacial pacing, the story features characters with no definition who seem at times to be on the verge of corpsing on camera. And don’t get me started about the ludicrous fake crocodile.” David Dent, Dark Eyes of London