Darkness lives within....
Cash strapped, working for agencies and living in shared accommodation, Stephanie Booth feels she can fall no further. So when she takes a new room at the right price, she believes her luck has finally turned. But 82 Edgware Road is not what it appears to be.
It's not only the eerie atmosphere of the vast, neglected house or the disturbing attitude of her new landlord, Knacker McGuire, that makes her uneasy - it's the whispers behind the fireplace, the scratching beneath floors, the footsteps in the dark and the young women weeping in neighbouring rooms. And when Knacker's cousin, Fergal, arrives, the danger goes vertical.
But this is merely a beginning, a gateway to horrors beyond Stephanie's worst nightmares. And in a house where no one listens to the screams, will she ever get out alive?
©2014 Adam Nevill (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
I saw a few reviews praising this novel and a few complaining of its length. I'm afraid I'm in the complainers' camp on this one. I found this book several hours too long.
A book of two halves. The first half felt a little muddled and often rather repetitive. The second half felt like an hour would have more than covered the story. All in all, it felt to me like the story could be told in half the length without losing anything. The main character seemed to repeat herself over and over and narrative was almost constantly, and unnecessarily reminding the reader of previous events. When I still had four hours to go I sped up the playback, just to be done with it and it ended as I had predicted hours before.
Sadly, I never felt afraid or nervous and lost the will to care about the main character.
However, the narration was excellent and brought as much life as was possible into the story.
On the whole I enjoyed this book but was shocked to find myself thinking..is it nearly over? This to me proves it was a tad on the long side and started to feel like it was padded out with unnecessary and repetitive story! Just get on with it!!
It was nice to get a 'what happens after' but it just seemed to turn into more of the same!
If it lasted for about three hours. The same weird happenings going on and on made the story unbelievable and tiresome.
Not a book by this author or one read by this narrator
The other main character, Knacker, could have been read better.
The idea of a desperate young woman taking a room in a haunted house is a good one, but I gave up after four hours; I couldn't face another thirteen hours of the same misery and didn't care what happened to Stephanie.
I listened to the sample of this book, and was completely misled by that and the revies and regret paying for this book.
"certainly worth the time"
this one has teeth. it's creepy and at times disturbing. i hope audible snatches up additional Adam Nevill titles as soon as possible. It's hard to find good and spooky horror fiction. i'm glad i now have another author to keep tabs on.
"Creepy, weird, and really good."
I loved this book. It was very unique. The story was weird and creepy, and like nothing I've ever read before. The narrator was excellent. She added to creep factor of this book. Her voice changes were not forced. They seemed natural, and made the other characters (other than the main character) come to life. I will listen to other books she narrates, and other books by this author.
"Dying for a Cheap Rent Flat?"
Creeping dread, horror and supernatural psychological torment. Great story, expertly narrated. Gets a bit wordy and boggy near the end and the back story is a little convoluted, but I would still recommend it for anyone looking for pre-Halloween goose bumps.
"One of the most annoying books I have attempted to listen to in a long time."
This book falls under my category of " How in the heck did it get this high of a rating.?"
After a couple of hours of listening to " I have to escape this place but I'm still going back into it every day" I simply couldn't imagine listening to another 12 hours of the exact same thing. Enough said.
I feel this book is a solid horror book and not a "thriller-suspense" as labeled. I think the narrator is fantastic and she did a great job. I thought the plot of this book was good but it was overly done, too long and just tired me. Not sure I recommend unless you like horror, super natural genre books.
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