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....
©2006 James Herbert (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
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""WOW" - really creepy - great horror"
I have never read anything by James Herbert - this is my one and only - so far - and on recommendation of a friend. I quite like scary stories and this book is just that - if you like to be scared, this one will do the trick and David Rintoul does a good job of creating the ambience to go with it. It has a bit of suspense and a lot of intrigue and quite a few parts where you want to shut all your doors and look over your shoulder. Great story too, I tended to stop reading at sundown and I'm not easily spooked. Read/listen, enjoy being scared!!!
"Edge of your seat Thriller"
Yes, listening to the story especially a thriller gives a edge to a story, I've found I can't listen quick enough lol.
One of them was when two girls were visiting & the swishing noise had started I was sure they were going to be killed, great stuff.
The young boy Maurice who grows up to be a man & has a big part in the story.
I can't remember laughing but I was so upset about the little boy Cam & at how they treated the children at the school I got really annoyed with that.
I really enjoyed the book it was really good, the correct narrator was used so it all had a nice flow to it. Loved it x
"got me from the start."
Loved the whole mixture. Love, spooky, sinister, everything.brilliant.
The choice of characters. Very interesting.
His whole character was just brilliant.
He is a very emotional character.
It was good! Melodramatic, but a very good example of the genre.
The wife was the best character - she was very realistic and her experiences had damaged her
No - I was happy to listen to a few chapters at a time.
I'm tempted to buy another James Herbert!!!
A really good read with the tension mounting in almost every chapter.Suitable stopping places were few and far between.I read it on the beach while relaxing and it was not a read to relax fully too.
totally enthralling,just couldn't stop listening (much to my family's annoyance).the ending even made me shed a tear! Will certainly look for more books read by David Rintoul, he put so much feeling into the narration.
"A good spooky read"
I read the book and watched the movie. (BBC). This certainly is a good book and I was caught reading this at midnight as I wanted to finish it. A book well worth reading
"Pleasure for the ears"
Listened to this while commuting to work in the car, David Rintouls narration combined with the excellent writing of James Herbert left me sitting in the car long after the journey had finished.
Chilling ghost story with oodles of suspense and intrigue.
If this is not your usual genre give it a try and if you think it fits your listening profile you should not be disappointed.
completely blown away by this book, I read a few James Herbert books as a teenager and loved them but never picked them up as I got older, something I now regret. Its seems all the way to his dying day he pumped out the most intense fantastic riveting stories. throughout this book and with the aid of an absolutely superb narrator the story came to life and will stay with me for a long time. I'd even go as far as to suggest this to be if you're thinking about starting Herbert's novels that this be your first. I don't like to go in to plot in reviews but believe me when I say this book is simply fantastic, the ending leaving me with near on tears in my eyes.
"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!
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