In a rundown area of Manchester, inside a bathroom in a small, terraced house overflowing with children and dysfunctional parents, an unfathomable, powerful entity infiltrates 12-year-old Serena's life with disastrous effects. The enigmatic force not only dramatically affects introverted Serena's life, but threatens the well-being of everyone she knows, especially those people who for some reason have earned the strange girl's displeasure. It soon becomes clear that nobody should ever upset Serena if they know what is good for them. After listening to The Hostile, you will never again look at DIY in the same way.
©2016 Joy Mutter (P)2016 Joy Mutter
I loved the originality of the story. Very high for that reason
Again original and so different to any other story's
Be careful what you whisper.....
I listened to the audio version of The Hostile. It is bizarre & weird & so original. Such a good twisted tale. A young girl is so confused, school isn't fun, family isn't fun, so she spends lots of time in her bathroom. She listens to a voice & it seems to do her wishes.
This tale involves her family and their extended lives, her school mates & how her life takes turns.
I really enjoyed this tale, it's an original tale. Not the usual horror story.
The author has made an excellent job of narrating her own novel. The main protagonist of The Hostile is a young schoolgirl, Serena, on the cusp of womanhood. She is a member of a large dysfunctional Manchester family where the father and mother have never worked and spend most of their days floating on a cloud of cannabis. When Serena realises she can communicate with a demonic force trapped in a ceramic tile in her favourite bathroom all hell breaks loose. The novel takes the listener on a journey of mayhem when Serena's unguarded comments are taken literally by the demonic entity. Well worth a listen.
I received a courtesy version of The Hostile in return for a fair and unbiased review.
A young girl with digestive issues spends enormous amounts of time in the bathroom talking to the tiles on the floor.One in particular answers her and bad things happen when she complains about something.Joy Mutter wrote and narrates this.The sound was bad.It sounded like it was recorded in a can.Ms Mutter may want to spring for a narrator for her next book.I was provided this book free for review
At first I found it hard to get into the story , but when I had read about a third I was hooked & enjoyed reading it. It is refreshingly original & wanted to read more.
I really liked this book. Its really creepy to think what it would be like for a child to have so much power - especially when I think of the things I said in haste when I was the same age as the character. Yikes! I'm just glad this book is fiction! :-) I thought the story was well-written and the characters were really interesting and entertaining. I listened to the Audible audio version of this book narrated by the author. She did a really good job! I'm always impressed when authors can narrate their stories well. She didn't really do different voices for the characters that I noticed, but she was still good in that it felt like someone reading a story to me. Her inflection and pacing were good. The only criticisms that I have are that there is too much "dead time" between the chapters, and the quality of the recording was not as good in spots - like maybe the location of recording changed so there are different ambient sounds and echoes. Other than that, I really liked the story. If you like a good creepy book, I would highly recommend this one.
This was an intriguing story of a young girl's obsession with bathroom tile that has the power to make her wishes come true. The story turns dark when the girl finds out her father is having an affair. When she tells the tile how she feels, sinister events begin to happen. The story was interesting, although I could do without some of the references to bodily functions. The author narrates the story herself and does a decent job of it.
"A Unique Story"
Overall - 4 stars
Story - 4 stars
Narration - 3.5 stars
Disclaimer - This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
I found this story to be strange but interesting. The idea behind it reminded me of something Clive Barker might come up with. The story held my interest throughout.
My only problem was that the audio sounded like the microphone was in a coffee can, at times, but it was still perfectly understandable.
"What a fun change!"
I like that it was different. Joy Mutter has a captivating imagination!
It's like nothing I've read before. I was torn between deciding if I was listening to a book intended for an older teen or a 47-year-old lady like myself. There was an innocence about the story. I couldn't stop listening.
The British accent - definitely!
Yes! I like to listen to a story as I do mindless tasks. But I kept finding myself sitting to listen to this one.
I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review. If you are searching for something different, this is the one!
"A Good Idea"
Any book is time well spent, within reason. This was not a BAD book, the story just didn't flesh out to be my cup of tea.
More focus on the main character with very diversions into the sex lives of other characters. The sex wasn't titillating and the level of description didn't add much. I'm not prude but it started to seem unnecessary.
Pleasant, articulate, confident. Her voice is fantastic. The sound quality could use some work.
Never eat so poorly I get constipation that bad.
The idea behind the story here is a really good one. The telling just lost something for me.
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this was pretty good glad I listen to it
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"Interesting and Captivating!"
I was not sure about listening to this book but am pleased that I did. Joy Mutter did an excellent job with the plot and characters. In the beginning, I was a little confused as to why there was so much reference to the tiles but finally figured out that a tile was one of the characters which I found to be a different but refreshing twist to a suspense novel.
The story, plot and characters are very well written. The author created and developed the characters in such a way that allows you to become involved with the story and develop a relationship with each character. The book evoked a lot of emotions from me but mainly I felt empathy, sympathy and frustration with all of the characters, which for me made the story much better.
The author chose to do her own narration and did so very well. She has very good pacing and voice inflection. Personally, I would prefer a male voice narrating suspense novels as I find a male tends to add more to the intrigue, suspense and overall creepiness of the story. Again, that is just a personal preference - the author did a great job narrating herself.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an intriguing, suspenseful and captivating read/listen!!!
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"I'll never look at tiles the same again!"
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I really, really, really enjoyed this book! I enjoyed being part of lonely little Serena's thoughts. The story was a little out there but nonetheless extremely entertaining! I especially enjoyed the drama that played out in between thoughts, it kept me wanting more and I couldn't stop listening. The narration was good and the ending was interesting. I did feel I wanted a little bit more when it came to the ending, but for the most part highly enjoyable!
I recommend! you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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