The chilling story of a woman haunted by music that only she can hear, sung by a choir of children that only she can see....
©2013 Sophie Hannah (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
"If ghost stories are your thing, you will absolutely love the latest novella, The Orphan Choir by Sophie Hannah.... This book is part of a new series of special commissions by Hammer (of horror film fame). She says, 'When I was invited to write a novella for the new Hammer imprint, my first thought was, "Ooh, yes, but it must be terrifying."' Don't worry. It is." (Red magazine)
"For me, it's Sophie Hannah's The Orphan Choir, with its darker undertones and slow-building finale, that really steals the spotlight... Her subtle clues build up to bring the book to a powerful climax... It's actually the more realistic elements of Louise's story, and Hannah's portrayal of a mother's unconditional love that make this book a truly chilling read" (Book Wars, Stylist)
"This is an old-fashioned horror story, given a modern spin by the likeable narrator. It has a creepy cinematic feel and races along to its frightening ending." (Sunday Mirror)
"The Orphan Choir is an enjoyably creepy read with the psychological depth that Sophie Hannah is known for. Reading it late at night, I had to put the book aside during one of the most frightening sequences for fear of being too spooked to sleep - and that's exactly what I want from a ghost story." (Rich Tapestry Reads)
"The Orphan Choir (brrr - children and creepy religious singing, well done that woman) might sound like an Mr James classic, but it's a very modern sort of ghost story... It has proper, old-fashioned ghosts in it. And there's a good reason for that - Hannah wants her books to be properly scary in the old-fashioned way, despite the trappings of 21st century life... Although some of the scariest bits in The Orphan Choir are when you start to suspect that the heroine, Louise, is losing her mind... there's nothing like ghostly children to give you the collywobbles" ( i, Independent)
"The Orphan Choir is a tense and thrilling read, employing the fast pace and great character building that we have come to expect from Sophie Hannah. Her fans will not be disappointed." (We Love This Book)
"a chilling ghost story" (Must Read, Saturday Express Magazine)
"Deeply unsettling" (Great reads - pick of the month's hottest new releases, woman&home)
"Prepare to be spooked" (Good Housekeeping)
"Quietly brilliant... deft and compelling, The Orphan Choir delivers a chilling gut-punch" 4 stars, (SFX Magazine)
"this bestselling thriller writer knows how to pile on the tension... and her ending is chillingly, memorably disturbing" (Culture, The Sunday Times)
"Sophie Hannah is a genius at creating and building tension and this book is no different." (Between the Lines is an Endless Story)
"a beautifully constructed, atmospheric chiller which I highly recommend" (Joanne-Sheppard)
"you will be transfixed by this achingly sad tale of unfulfilled love.." (My Search for Magic)
"The Orphan Choir is a foray into the world of Hammer Horror; a ghost story penned in gothic-horror style, complete with feverish writing and hand-wringing" (Press Association syndicated review)
"Innovative score and an eerie twist... almost imperceptively, it sneaks into that chilling arena, a creepy, tension-filled surprise." (Independent on Sunday)
As I read the book I wondered where it was going as the plot was very narrow and there where not many characters involved..... Quite a mundane plot .... It is in the last fifth of the book where the story lies and this will have you thinking back through the book and leaves an impression on you..... The plot does build but I felt it took a long time until I didn't want to stop reading because I needed to know what was happening but it got there in the end.
The first person narration starts with a women tormented by the (regular) noise of neighbours partying and playing loud pop music. She then hears choir boys singing. Is this a new tactic used by her neighbour to annoy her or something else...? I liked the way that the reliability of the narrator is questioned. The slow build-up of neurosis is well presented and the ending was very satisfying. (It doesn't sag in the middle either.)
I listened to this on a long drive (I was the driver) and there was nothing in it to make me jump or affect my driving but I was engrossed.
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