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Publisher's Summary

In his first collection of short fiction, New York Times best-selling author John Connolly offers a selection of dark, daring, and utterly haunting tales. Here are lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts. In "The New Daughter", a father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very ancient and very much alive; in "The Underbury Witches", a pair of London detectives find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk. And finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella The Reflecting Eye, in which the photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mailbox of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer. This discovery forces Parker to confront the possibility that the house is not as empty as it appears and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again.

In these stories, Connolly ratchets up the tension to almost unbearable - and irresistible - levels. Nocturnes is a deliciously chilling collection from "one of the best thriller writers we have" (Harlan Coben).

©2005 John Connolly. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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Great story- but some suggestions

Loved this collection. As with other audible collected works though, it would be nice if the chapters often book indicated what story they are related to. If you only listen once, great, you'll never notice. But why then would you buy the book?

This version is also missing the last four stories found in the print volume.

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Scary stories! Nice work Mr. Connolly!

unexpected classic horror with a Charlie parker novella transitioning between novels 4 and 5. Will read again.

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short scary stories

I've always loved scary stories told around a campfire, this is a collection of a bunch of crappy scary stores that will give you some nightmares. Jeff Harding does a fantastic job.

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very interesting I really enjoyed it.

really enjoyed it will Def buy more.. it held my attention . very happy I bought it

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  • Meg
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  • 03-11-16

Bland

Each story is almost formulaic--a woman dies and the man is left to live his life. The deaths are really only fodder for the remaining protagonists' motivations. The first story is perhaps the most compelling, but otherwise the tales do not bring much to the genre of "horror" or neo-gothic, as it were.

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  • Keenan
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Suitable for pubescent girl slumber party (almost)

Is there anything you would change about this book?

First, there are no box rooms in America. I don't know what you're talking about.

If you’ve listened to books by John Connolly before, how does this one compare?

Poorly.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's American accents are horrible in the first story. The Puerto Rican maid sounds Mexican. (For reference of authentic Puerto Rican accents, watch West Side Story. Rita Moreno really is Puerto Rican.) There are two characters with the same hick accent. That's confusing. There's a man who is 1/16 Mexican whose accent floats between Mexican and Brooklynese without an explanation. I'd defer the authenticity of the Yankee accent but I suspect it isn't much better.

Do you think Nocturnes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. With all the hype for Nocturnes 2, I was thinking Nocturnes must be exceptional.

Any additional comments?

It's almost as scary as Harry Potter. Barring the adult themes in the first story, it would be suitable to play for a slumber party of 10 year old girls. To be honest, I only got half-way through the 4th story and quit.

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