For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.
But all is not as it should be on the island. A 1930s cinefilm reveals something as terrifying as it is inexplicable. An Afghan war veteran, sent to secure the island before the experts arrive, witnesses a nightmare far beyond battle trauma. And as expedition members gather, they discover to their gruesome cost that there are some mysteries far safer left unsolved...
©2013 F. G. Cottam (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Not great. Too many characters and they weren't very well developed. The boring parts are too lengthy and the interesting parts are too short. It wasn't the worst book I ever read but I would return it if I could.
Two aspects: one is that it's a modern day setting (with flashbacks) but told in a style reminiscent of Victorian novels (it actually works very well) and second is the well-told horror story line.
The opening scenes where the urchin is captured in motion on film. Creepy.
I enjoyed this story right up tp the last couple chapters - it never got bogged down and moved at just the right pace to advance the mystery. The ending really should not be a surprise, you're given all the information you need to figure out how this is going to wind up. That's actually the disappointment. It's too predictable.
Boring. It started out with such great potential. I was so disappointed. Good reader though.
No. I wouldn't even listen to another book by Cottam if it was given to me for free. David Rintoul was serviceable, although a bit too grandfatherly sounding to generate any excitement. To be fair, the material he was working with was execrable.
It is billed as a sort of supernatural mystery, so one hopes for some tension, some horror, a little bit of that fear that good horror gives, and a lot of the curiosity that drives most mysteries forward. The narrative starts off slow, and at first I kept listening in the hopes that the interesting stuff would be right around the corner. By the end, I was listening only to see if there was ANY payoff, whatsoever, for the time I had invested. Maybe the ending would be worth the wait? It was not. The horror was not horrifying. They mystery was not terribly mysterious. I have the feeling this is a very old manuscript that was pulled out of someone's slush pile, and updated to add a few modern day references. It feels like something written in the 70s. Shame on Audible for promoting this!
Too dry and too RP for this particular book. He might as well have been reading the OED.
Profound disappointment that Audible seems to have been pushing this title for some time now. It's really, really awful.
I'll be using my satisfaction guarantee on this one. I've only used it once before. I feel it shouldn't be abused. But if ever a book deserved to be returned for a refund, this one is it.
Based on reviews and the overview this promised to be a great book. However, I found it more like wading through mud. The writing was antiquated and stinted, jumping around a lot and generally an unpleasant experience.
I enjoyed every last twist and turn in this very well told tale, which cleverly weaves misdeeds of the past with eerie events impacting a number of contemporary characters on a mission to uncover what happened to a missing colony of settlers on a desolate island.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
A wealthy newspaper owner is planning and financing an expedition to an Island off northern Scotland where a colony founded by the captain of a slave trader mysteriously disappeared leaving abandoned buildings. The disappearance had caused much interest and excitement in Great Britain, especially as subsequent attempts to find out what happened had resulted in no answers.
The beginning was intriguing with the discovery of a mysterious video and some chills.
It's a good set up but Cottam has too many characters, most of whom are stereotypes. Although he does ultimately try to make these 2 dimensional characters more well rounded, it's too little too late for this reader. Characters appeared only to be done away with without much reason at all.
I did finish it, but my reaction to it was along the lines of "That's IT???" Nothing is particularly surprising in the conclusion, which also felt rushed. It was like he wrote himself into a corner and couldn't figure out how to get out.
However, the narrator is pretty good and did his best to bring the story to life.
"A great listen with some genuinely spooky moments"
Clever, thriller, spooky
All of the characters have great depth and I wanted to listen to the story to story to find out what happens to them.
The description of Laister watching the film for the first time. It was very creepy.
I bought this on a whim but thoroughly enjoyed it.
"A little disappointed."
Not having read the printed version I cannot say. I have always enjoyed David Rintoul's narration of these books.
I really enjoy David Rintoul's narrations. His deep voice gives a resonance to the stories and he takes his time rather than rushing through each chapter.
I hate to say it as I love other FG Cottam books, but this was a little disappointing. Somehow I didn't feel you got to really know the characters very well, as with say, The Waiting Room. It was enjoyable enough to listen to, but not as satisfying as others. Sorry!
An original idea. The story held together very well and the suspense wasn't overdone. The characters were very believable
Lassiter. I liked the way he was not depicted as perfect or a paragon but I could believe he would stop drinking after he met his "Soul mate".
I was amazed at how many accents he could do which made the story much more entertaining. and made it easy to identify the characters. He done an excellent job.
It didn't stir many emotions but had me on tenterhooks all the way through.
A great "Ghost" story
"Captivating and entertaining"
This is a very good story, the narrative flows well and is easy to follow. It's creepy, atmospheric, and David Rintoul's narration is wonderful. Well worth the credit.
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