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.
As the headline indicates I thought this a very well written book, the use of language, the fashion the story was crafted in and the cast of characters was tremendous. In this genre it is rare to find a book written with this level of talent. The story is a good one with complex characters and a plot that invests the reader in the way a good book should, I had the audio playing at every opportunity and even did a few extra errands that involved fairly long drives because I knew I had this story on the i-pod and wanted to spend some more time with it. The suspense builds to a climatic ending which carries the only disappointment of ending the book with some loose ends, which are just unavoidable and not a drawback, it is that the book is so good you are sad it ends. I need to say something about the narration, simply it just does not get better than this - really - this is amazing book narration and will lead me to look at what other offerings this narrator has worked on he is that good.
Great story, great cast, unbelievable narration, a very highly recommended audio book
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.
Audiobook addicted norwegian. There can be only one King, and is name is... Stephen :)
The atmosphere of dread is the best part of this story. The language is very rich and good.
The story is a little slow, the build up is far too long for such a quick climax.
The narration is superb, it is a preformance not a reading.
"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!
very good book, it had lots of twists and turns, great narrator, scary feel, well worth a listen. on the sequal now
Loved this, atmospheric and very well narrated. Not 'hard core' horror but spine tingling.
"Jolly good read"
The scone F.G book I read and I've had it in my library for a while, never getting past the first chapter, but I made a concerted effort and it really paid off.
Technically it's a ghost story I suppose but I found it a very enjoyable suspense read, quite dark in places.
My only real negative were there were quite a few characters who seemed to blend into each other, I'm still not exactly sure who was who at the end
"Sometimes less is more"
This story of an attempt to solve the decades old mystery of what happened to the entire population of a tiny, remote island, starts with a great build up of tension but later, as with so many such tales, falls into the trap of going just a tiny step too far and turning it from terrifying into just a tedious more, more, more. No, I have to be fair, it maintained the creepiness throughout. But rather than simply being drawn into the plot and rushed along with the tide, I found myself constantly wondering how the author was going to contrive a satisfying ending. Surprisingly, he didn't do too bad a job all things considered.
The characterisations are varied and quite good and we are introduced to the assembled cast in a precise and logical way which makes them easily memorable - always helpful where there are a number of players. The reading by David Rintoul is excellent but for one thing: without pauses between scene change sections, an initial confusion ensues as the listener has to readjust to a new character or location or even time frame which has seamlessly been attached to the preceding sentence. This would not have occurred if reading the printed page as something would have indicated the transition. A brief break in the narration would have worked in the same way.
Although well written and a good basic idea, I found the book disappointing.
"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.
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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