Ruby is the most violently disturbed patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. With no improvement after two years, Dr. Jack McGowan finally decides to take a risk and hypnotizes her - with terrifying consequences.
A horrific dark force is now unleashed on the entire medical team, as each in turn attempts to unlock Ruby's shocking and sinister past. Who is this girl? And how did she manage to survive such unimaginable evil? Set in a desolate ex-mining village, where secrets are tightly kept and intruders hounded out, their questions soon lead to a haunted mill, the heart of darkness, and the father of lies.
©2015 Sarah England (P)2016 Tantor
I adore the kind of horrors that I can believe are possible. This was one such tale and I'm keenly awaiting the release of the second in the series; so much so, I've pre-ordered it. Not something I do often.
Started this trilogy with average hopes as the "darkly disturbing occult horror " title felt that it might've been more of a suggestion than a description. But I was wrong wrong wrong. I honestly believe that this would translate well onto the screen .. some of the notions are disturbing and the horror is very well done. It's a good story, well written and well performed ( some of the accents are a bit dodgy but you get used to them so that's fine. ) I binged listened ... well worth it !!
Very good story line mixing mental heath and the supernatural.
The one problem I had is the narration. The demonic voice is to funny to be scary and the accents where not always great That said it didn't put me off the story.
I've just given up on this partway through after struggling on listening to the narrator's attempts at accents. She has a lovely voice to listen to, and the sections which don't require regional accents are just fine, but listening to the "northern" accents is excruciating, they are inconsistent and a blend of Yorkshire, Liverpool, Scottish and .. Irish? I never write negative reviews on here, but the total misfire here is so distracting that I've lost track of the actual story now!
I have rarely written a bad review but felt so disappointed after purchasing this audio.
I only listened half way before giving up.
The narration was so bad, I couldn't be sure which accent she was doing.
I really enjoyed this book. It has moments of real discomfort and makes you think about what might be going on out there. It skilfully rides a fine line between fact and fantasy. I found the sudden ending an irritation though. I don't like it when the action ends so abruptly, forcing you to read the next book. And it really isn't necessary because the story and the writing are enough to make me buy the next book.
Meire reads well although she pronounces the odd, commonly used word in a strange way, which pulled me out of the story each time. Otherwise though, a good performance.
"EXORCIST MEETS CYBIL"
absolutely loved this story. scary as hell. had a very hard time sleeping after reading it. I'm a Texan and the English accent took a little while to get used to, but I found it made the story more evil and creepy. highly recommend. ready for book 2.
Been a different book.
Father of Lies is to occult horror as Twilight is to vampires.
Not scary, just unpleasant.
Story was all over the place and difficult to follow. Did not inspire me to read the next in the series.
"A merely 'ok' read"
I will start by saying that the authors style of writing was fantastic. I enjoyed the mental pictures she painted throughout the story. Having said that, I did not thoroughly enjoy the book. I am a HUGE horror book fan, and I did not find this story terrifying in the slightest. I felt only slightly entertained at most. The ending was a little hurried and sort of confusing almost forcing you to read the second book, which unfortunately, I will not be doing.
The most disappointing thing about this story was the inability to satisfy my twisted need for horror. She constantly moved from one character to the next, and after a while it left you wondering if the poor girl (Ruby) had actually been the one going through all of this.
The narrator was amazing. I did not find her narrating too fast or anything, and, I found her accent amazing. Her demon voice was definitely spooky haha
Overall, I don't think this is worth the listen. This book is mediocre at best.
I think this could get a full 5 star review if I had been able to understand what was happening. The narrator speaks SO FAST! I started over 3 times before I decided to just let it play and absorb what I could.
The story was creepy and unlike anything I've read before. I purchased the other 2 and I really hope she doesn't read them as fast as this one.
"it was alright"
I would recommend it for a long road trip it's a good book and a long story keep you occupied but not very scary at all
"Missed The markark"
The narrator...well I couldn't decide who was the was. The book jumped aaround too much too much in the most peculiar sections of books.
"Very Disturbing Tale to Hear at SLOW SPEED"
Yes. It's a different take on the scary story. Occult thriller that gave me the chills.
Kept me guessing.
annoying Scottish accents
The visit of Jack and Ruby when he hypnotizes her. Freaked me out.
If you're bothered by bad things that happen to people, this isn't for you. It is quite disturbing without being graphic. But it is an interesting story, with lots of plot turns and occult twists. The worst thing about this is that it is supposed to be set in England, but everyone save one seems to have an extreme Scottish accent. There are so many people and the story is told from the first person in many cases, I had trouble figuring out who I was listening to. Oh, and she speaks so damn fast I had to listen at a slower speed than normal. It was ridiculous, like she was on a timer. But at .75x things were ok.
once you get used to the accent it was a good book to listen to
I would've given this book 10 stars across-the-board if possible. It is so well-written the characters are well developed and the narrative oh my God she was beyond good. This book is well worth your money or credit
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