Hauntingly horrific heartache.
Even though this story is clearly a supernatural story, it's core is very, very human. The love of the family for each other and their shared grief and struggle over their loss is so endearing. On that same note the stories of the orphans is heartbreaking but also endearing, you feel for these people and you WANT them to be ok, to be at peace. Ultimately it comes down to people relying on each other and their faith to be strong in impossible situations.
David Rintoul is fantastic. His performance from Percy to the children, to the young women was incredible. It never felt silly, but was very sincere and very well done.
They will not be forgotten.
I've been listening to audiobooks since I was a little kid wandering the house, dragging a toddler-proof Playskool tape player behind me.
I'm a complete and total supernatural horror junkie, and this book scratched that itch like nobody's business.
There are, as one reviewer mentioned, quite a few "secrets" rather than one "secret of Crickley Hall", and some twists you see coming, others less so! In the end, while the book doesn't try anything too wildly unique, it also doesn't try to convince us to feel afraid of topiary bunny rabbits or fire hoses the way some (mysteriously) more well-known haunting tales do.
Most of all, David Rintoul gave this his all, and it shows. It took me almost a week to figure out why I was having trouble falling asleep when I had been listening to this book before bed. Even when he wasn't reading frightening parts of the story, Mr. Rintoul delivered his lines with such riveting intensity that I was too psyched-up to fall asleep! And, given that audio is such a wonderful medium for horror, I can't overstate how wonderfully his performance complements the text.
A+ haunted house, would visit again if armed with holy water.
(Content warning: there is violence against children in this book. Not Wes Craven levels, and thank God it doesn't run to Humbert Humbert, if you follow me, but it is horror and it is horrifying.)
oh hell. just read it.
get it. read it. good good good. being a jaded horror reader, i didn't think i would like Crickley Hall. I was wrong. I deeply enjoyed it. was it terribly scary? no, but i did get the creeps from time to time. and it was a very interesting read. the characters were good. their relationships were believable. there was plenty to keep me coming back when the chills were only so-so. the reader is extraordinary. his nuanced reading adds to the material. it lends the lines an extra push of reality, of "this is actually happening."
While I do enjoy traditional ghost stories as much as the next fan of horror, this story played it very safe with all of the conventions. It added nothing to the genre. The characters felt flat for the most part and I felt I had to finish the book. The ending was something you could see or feel coming from fairly far off.
I was enjoying this story until it got to the underlying story involving children. Then it became unbearable. I like this author, and I love horror stories, but this one just made me sick at heart.