There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family.
But all is not well with the house. They hear unaccountable noises. A cellar door they shut every night is always open again in the morning. They see things that cannot be real. The house is the last place the Caleighs should have come to, for the terror that unfolds is beyond belief. Soon they will discover the secret horror of Crickley Hall....
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The book should be called "The Secrets of Crickley Hall" as there is much to find out about this depressing and creepy vacation home. Herbert's dark and stormy night tale of tragedy and suspense is narrated perfectly by Rintoul. I found Rintoul's narration in some parts bordering on theatrical, I would score it as 4.5 if we could give half stars. The story has many layers which made it a "page turner" for me. Overall a great ghost story.
I've read and enjoyed others, so maybe.
Probably a John Connolly mystery.
He was ok.
Oh, that is funny. The whole thing needs an editor to pare it down by half. It never seemed to end.
I love a good ghost story. Sadly, this isn't one. The characters are stupid waaaay past the point of disbelief. I felt smothered with foreshadowing that never really came to much. The only mystery here is why this story went on so long.
I don't seek out ghost stories too often -- nothing ever seems to equal Susan Hills's "The Woman in Black" -- the audiobook, not the film. Ghost stores just don't get any better than that. But this one comes close. I'm not sure why I decided to take a chance on it, but I like creepy old houses, especially if a ghost or two might linger, so that was probably it.
Glad I did -- I should have known this would be good. James Herbert also wrote "The Fog" and I remember reading that decades ago, and afterward, that book came to mind every single day when the tule fog overtook the Sacramento Valley and I had to navigate around in it. That's a seriously frightening book, too.
"Secrets" also has none of the things I don't like in a scary story, which is to say, I don't like stories that merge into science fiction. These are actual ghosts in this book -- real ghosts -- ha! -- not alien creatures or dragons or man-made monsters, or any of that sort of thing.
There are truly creepy moments aplenty -- although why people who are already unnerved by odd happenings decide to explore the basement is always beyond me, although I suppose if they didn't, there wouldn't be a book.
Special praise for the narrator, David Rintoul -- he must have burned up a thousand calories an hour narrating this. It's a high-energy narration, but in a good way. Just very well done.
Highly recommended. And three cheers for Chester -- a real trouper!
Love Horror and Sci-Fi. I enjoy historical romance
Touches every fear
The Haunted by Bickley Little
Tells of a tortured, purely evil soul bent on terrorizing it's occupants.
No I haven't heard any of his other performances but I truly enjoyed him in this book.
I did but it also wasn't too hard to put it down as needed, rewind it a little when I got a chance and finish it up.
David Rintoul is an amazing narrator! Such an engaging listen. I will definitely seek out his books.
Can't wait for the BBC show!
Enthralling ghost story and a wonderful narrator. A definite "page turner, edge of your seat" kind of book. Loved it!
"evil wins when good men do nothing "quote
Well I couldnt stop listening till the end and thats a good book to me. Once I got over the annoying fathers attitude , but he came right after a while .There's alot of inner mind thinking by the characters which actually helps the story at first i thought it would hinder the flow of the book. A true ghost story with a good ending.
I listen to alot of Books. I mean ALOT of books. If I review it, it means it must have been worth it.
I listen to ALOT of books. Most are to just get through the day and have background noise, but this is really one of the better books I have ever listened to, as far as thrillers / mysteries go. Reader was perfect, and the book was long,18 hours or so, but the plot moved along as it should have. Overall, I am now a big fan of James Herbert.
The Caretaker of Crickley Hall. Because he's an animal lover. Very cool twist at the end of the book regarding the family dog, Chester.
Great English Accent.
If you like classic ghost stories this is a great one. Old spooky house, strange happenings, unexpected twists and turns, very talented Reader, how can you go wrong?
prefers the darker side of fiction
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."
"And the Oscar goes to....... David Rintoul!"
The moment where the family were awakened by knocking sounds from a cupboard.
Too many to single out an individual scene.
A television film has already been made.My tag line would be 'You'll be afraid to turn out the lights!
David Rintoul's narration is really thrilling and the story spine chilling, with one unfortunate flaw. The parents are so obsessed with Crickely Hall's awful secret, that neither even speculate over the circumstances of their child's death, which brought the narrative to a rather unsatisfactory end.
Loved this book, kept me on edge all the time. Story well told, liked the narrator who really seemed to get carried away with his telling and kept me breathless! Great book for those who like horror and ghost stories.
Really enjoyed it. Keeps you on the edge of your seats and David Rintoul performance was outstanding.
"Best ghost story ever"
Awesome ghost story and fantastic narration. This has become my favourite audiobook, there were some really scary moments in this book, swish-thwack swish-thwack!!
"The Secret of Crickley Hall"
This is James Herbert at on the top of his form! A wonderful book, not just for the story - classic haunted house, but for the depth of his characters. As with all of his books, you feel that you personally know all of he characters, and You feel everything that they fee;. The family feel as if they are real and you feel their grief almost as if it were yours. The narration by David Rintoul is also excellent, There is no hesitancy such as you find with some readers (even other actors), you feel almost as if you are reading it yourself. First class - and how sad that James Herbert is no longer with us, I have spent many a happy hour reading, or listening to his books over the years!
The quality of the reader made this fantastic book a joy to listen to. A very enjoyable way to spend train journeys, walks to and from work and those weekends when you just want to get lost in a book.
This review is true for the other two parts (the book I downloaded was in three separate chunks).
I found the reader easy to listen to and thought his accents were good. He managed to capture the atmosphere of the book and meant I couldn't stop listening.
I would definitely recommend this audio book.
Great story with a very creepy athosphere and fantastic reading by the narrator who really brought the story to life. Great job to all involved.
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