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 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.
I find this book confusing, particularly in the choice of scenes the writer uses. Near the end of the book, one of the characters is warned to be careful as the knowledge she has is dangerous. In the next scene, another character refers to her as dead, her heart having given out for some unknown reason. I went back and relistened to the two scenes, thinking I'd missed something, but I hadn't. Whether the character's death scene was written earlier, or just omitted I can't figure out, and honestly am not invested in the book enough to try and track it down. If it was omitted - why? That just seems perverse. The perspective shifts from character to character and between time frames, and I have trouble keeping up - mostly I think because I'm not really connecting to the story and the characters enough to care about what happens. The ending also annoys me - the book more or less just cuts off mid story. I know it's part of a trilogy, but I'd still expect it to be contained enough for each part to contain one story as part of a bigger story, not just chunks of one story. A trilogy isn't the same thing as serial, at least not for me.
It's not badly written, and the performance is ok, but I've little to no interest in following the trilogy further.
"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.
Story was all over the place and difficult to follow. Did not inspire me to read the next in the series.
"cool horror story"
I'm glad I found this audio book, it's quite good. I am rather tired of over priced 6 or 7 hour series
audio books, it's a big money grab by Amazon. I guess I can't blame the author for that. I also am growing annoyed
at the ever more used 2 initial name. S.E. in this case. To many authors are doing that now, if your name is Sara just use Sara it won't scare away to many of us guys knowing your a female horror writer. I will be buying the other 2 parts of this series even though it's 18$ for 7 hours. I am aware this was not the best audio book review, well tough.
"Great Horror Story"
So I got the kindle edition of this and decided to buy the audio and give it a try. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this book. Their wasn't many reviews and I picked it up for cheap. I am very happy that I decided to buy this book. It was fantastic and I will be buying the rest of the series to see where this all ends up. One warning to those who are thinking about buying this, there is some extremely dark scenes and subject matter which I guess you should expect when reading books about satanism.
The narrator did a good job. I am glad I decided to buy the audiobook and I will be buying the rest of the series in audio format as well.
"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.
Been a different book.
Father of Lies is to occult horror as Twilight is to vampires.
Not scary, just unpleasant.
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.
"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.
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
"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
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