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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I really enjoyed this book, loved the narrator, I could imagine the whole book and scenery.. great expression to his characters.. I was disappointed when it finished and hoped the writer had more similar long listen books.. If you buy this book im sure you will enjoy
A tedious tale of predictable events& cliched people...I mean are there no other abusers of women&children left in the world besides Christians?? ...perverse musicians
that travel to Bankock maybe, or creepy senators who support NAMBLA???...Dictators&dictator wanna-bees??...zealots from that other religion of peace??...what about good old fashioned Satanists?? And why does some creepy little man only brave enough to abuse children die and suddenly become infused with superpowers? In life the Captain of the Chess club could mop the floor wh him...I ask you?
"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!!!
"Sorry I wasted a credit."
A good listen 4/5th of the way. The last hour....HORRIBLE. Cutting a child's penis off and throwing him down a well,bleeding to death...? REALLY???? Not my idea of entertainment.
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.
"Edge of seat read"
This book is full of surprises, you really don't know what's coming up next. The book is a little spooky in places but not overly scary. I loved it and it has a great ending too.
This book is okay, nothing more, nothing less. This is one of those books where loads happens, yet nothing really happens at all. It's not in anyway scary, in fact I read more frightening books as a child. The narrator is okay, he gets a bit carried away at times but it doesn't ruin the story and his voice is pleasant to listen to.
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