The Tall Man takes daughters... so they say. But is he real or just an urban legend?
Back in 1990, a group of girls scare themselves silly by going into the woods looking for The Tall Man. Ten years later, one of those girls abandons a newborn baby to protect her from a curse. In a third timeline, that baby is all grown up - and a notorious killer - and we unearth her truth through the eyes of a television crew who are filming the teenager's every move.
At this stage of the review, I should confess that I don't read horror or anything supernatural because I'm a massive wimp. I have never read a Stephen King book (apart from On Writing) for the same reason - I can't because I'll never sleep again. So I started The Tall Man with some trepidation, but I needn't have worried... I didn't find it frightening. Not even spooky. It was atmospheric - especially the forest scenes - but lacked real menace.
The story is compelling, with a twist straight out of a 'true crime' show, but the tension got lost in the dense undergrowth of peripheral characters and tangled plot lines.