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The Secret of Crickley Hall | [James Herbert]

The Secret of Crickley Hall

The Caleighs have had a terrible year. They need time and space, while they await the news they dread. Gabe has brought his wife, Eve, and daughters, Loren and Cally, down to Devon, to the peaceful seaside village of Hollow Bay. He can work and Eve and the kids can have some peace and quiet - and perhaps they can try, as a family, to come to terms with what's happened to them.
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The Caleighs have had a terrible year. They need time and space, while they await the news they dread. Gabe has brought his wife, Eve, and daughters, Loren and Cally, down to Devon, to the peaceful seaside village of Hollow Bay. He can work, and Eve and the kids can have some peace and quiet - and perhaps they can try, as a family, to come to terms with what's happened to them.

Crickley Hall is an unusually large house on the outskirts of the village at the bottom of Devil's Cleave, a massive tree-lined gorge, the stuff of local legend. A river flows past the front garden. It's perfect for them, if a bit gloomy. And Chester, their dog, seems really spooked at being away from home. And old houses do make sounds. And it's constantly cold. And even though they shut the cellar door every night, it's always open again in morning.

The Secret of Crickley Hall is James Herbert's finest novel to date. It explores the darker, more obtuse territories of evil and the supernatural. With brooding menace and rising tension, he masterfully and relentlessly draws the listener through to the ultimate revelation: one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside.

©2002 James Herbert; (P)2002 Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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  • Ian Kershaw
    6/11/07
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    "Great Story"

    I love this book! I when first read The Secret of Crickley Hall, I thought it was one of James Herbert's best stories. I was hoping the Audible would get Herbert audio books to download. When I saw this was available & the narrator was Steven Pacey I new this audio book would be fantastic, & it was! The only disappointment was that it is abridged.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    1/7/11
    Overall
    "Great book!"

    Really enjoyed this book and I love Stephen Paceys narration
    Added bonus was an interview with James Herbert at the end who seems to be a rather decent fellow

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    United Kingdom
    10/17/12
    Overall
    "Edge of Your Seat Listening!"

    WOW is the first word that springs to mind when asked what I thought of this one, The Secret of Crickley Hall is one of the most chilling books I've listened to in a long while, I definitely should not have tried listening to it in the middle of the night in the dark that's for sure as I was suddenly aware of every single little sound inside my own house which totally freaked me out for a bit. Brilliantly written, James Herbert at his absolute best, this one is a definite must for all haunting or after life fans. Steven Pacey does a fantastic job as always bringing the characters and story line to life, the range of voices are incredible. A definite five starts well worth the download and listen, only one thing its a real shame it was an abridged version and not the unabridged one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    7/4/10
    Overall
    "The secret of crickley hall by James Herbert"

    James Herbert never seems to disappoint this is a fantastic story and very chilling you are hooked a great ending too i enjoyed every minute if you like spooky stories this is for you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    Verwood, Dorset, United Kingdom
    11/7/09
    Overall
    "Don't forget your torch"

    I have read many James Herbert's but had not heard of the Secret of Crickley Hall before. I actually picked it because of the title, sounding so very un horror like. I wasn't disappointed.

    OK it is the scariest book out there and nor do I think it is JH's best work but I enjoyed it. The pace was good and overall the plot was quite satisfying. The characters were slightly obvious but I warmed to them and I found myself talking to them during the story which is generally a good sign that I am pretty engrossed.

    The narration was good, the quality and pace were fine. I liked it and this one has inspired me to select another JH from the pile.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dale
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom
    11/26/11
    Overall
    "Another excellent book"

    Up to the normal standard expected from this talented writer. Very easy read and good plot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Muppet
    8/22/08
    Overall
    "Brilliant"

    I really enjoyed this book! If you like spooky atmospheric stories then you will enjoy this book. I am new to James Herbert but have found the stories very enjoyable - a good all round yarn!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Slowest Bookworm
    Stockport, UK
    9/23/08
    Overall
    "Not Bad"

    A good, original story although The Secret of Crickley Hall isn't the best James Herbert book I've ever read. I get the jitters pretty easily, especially when I'm alone in the house, but even I managed to listen to this whilst alone. I would class this as an 'easy read' thriller.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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