The story is set on a county estate in the west of Ireland. The last landlord features in the story, he returned for the Great war a broken man and converted the coach house into a garage to cater for his passion for cars.
The story is told in the first person, myself, and much of it is centred around my efforts to complete the restoration of an old 1969 Jaguar. My father and I began the work, but before I got to know the man he passed away. I wait patiently until my own son is of age and we begin the work again. I revel in the work and the opportunity to bond with the boy. Alas, I too fall pray to a weak heart and pass away; but not before I glimpse the image of my own father lurking in the shadows.
The story follows my beloved wife and her trials without me. My son finds work abroad and has to leave her alone in the great house. Daily she pines for me, glancing towards the garage where she suspects some part of my spirit still dwells, since it was there I spent my happiest hours.
I return some years later to haunt the garage from the shadows. On m first visit I witness my love collapsing, giving in to grief and passing away before me in the courtyard; and yet I linger. I have not been allowed to pass to whatever other world exists to join her.
My son, now a grown man, and his partner return to the house. He has returned to convalesce from an illness, though the story does not dwell on it. With time on his hands he takes up the task of restoring the car again, the distraction is good for him. I watch from the wings, heartbroken that I can not take part in the work or interact with him. There is some thing else, I am not alone, there are other forces in the shadows, frustrated and angry. I suspect my father is one, (and though the story does not infer this the reader might conclude that the last landlord is there too.)
Work progresses on the car as his domestic and financial troubles come to light. The car is finished and offered for sale in time to ease these troubles.
A suspicious buyer appears, who after some investigation turns out to be the son of the last landlord. The car it transpires had links to the landlord. A father and son began the work, I oversaw my son as he completed it and his own son, a child, is there to witness it’s completion. The car is sold to the old man. I watch it leave and am joined from the shadows by my father and the landlord, all three of us turn back and vanish into those same shadows.
Buy the book, and follow the author on social media:
Learn more about the writer. Visit the Author’s Website.
Buy the Book On Amazon.
Visit the Facebook Fan Page.