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Wow, what a read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-20

So, with us all being currently in lockdown, it meant I almost had no other choice so to speak than to start reading my books and this one was high on the list. So I’m not going to lie, once I started I couldn’t put it down. My emotions changed throughout, but one which didn’t was I’m afraid my sympathy for Rowan was limited, if not non existent. Maybe I’m being a little harsh, but people who do the type of things she does get my dislike and contempt from page 1, whatever the reasons. I did think the house was awesome, I’d love to have a house like that, voice controlled lights, hell even the showers. That would be pretty damn cool. Cameras everywhere? Perhaps not. The very end bought tears to my eyes, but I was left thinking I wish we knew how it actually ended. You’ll understand if you’ve reached the end of this book. There were a couple of twists I genuinely didn’t see coming and some parts I blatantly didn’t believe but can’t say so as not to include spoilers! I hate them, so won’t use them on others! A good read if you have a long boring day ahead. I finished it in one sitting which, given its length I was quite impressed with. That’s the mark of a good book if you can’t stop for over 12 hours as I just didn’t. Really well narrated as well. I didn’t used to be Imogen Church’s biggest fan, but that’s starting to change. I’ve read “don’t tell teacher” and now this narrated by her, as well as “no further questions” which she narrates most of and have been impressed each time. If you love a book with brilliant suspense which keeps you wondering, guessing and reading, this is the one for you. Stay safe one and all.

Truly fantastic read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-20

Best book I’ve read in a long time. Terrifyingly detailed, truly an emotional rollercoaster. There were times even I was afraid and, like Lillian and Ben, I’m a hardened horror fan. But I can’t lie, I’d have absolutely loved to go to a place like that, although the glasses wouldn’t do much good for me, as I wouldn’t be able to see anything. Headset definitely yes. There were a lot of times Lillian frustrated me, especially when we find out why she acted the way she did. I felt sorry for Ben throughout. Absolutely brilliant. I love Duncan’s imagination. That would be so awesome if it was real. This satisfies all my cravings for a theme park of horror and then some. If horror’s your thing, you have to experience this. That technology would be amazing to experience. The tram ride was one of my favourite parts. Didn’t see that coming. I’d love to experience A.R. or V.R. of any kind, but especially horror! Another brilliant narration by Mr. Hempel too. I also loved Duncan's Stephen King references to Christine and the shining. Incidentally, I agree with Ben. The mini series of the shining is much truer to the book than the film is!

Emotional reading

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-20

This was a really good book and one I’d been waiting to read for ages, over a year due to its length, trying to find time was difficult. But once I did
Start reading, I couldn’t put it down. Really good characters, some of which I disliked on principal, others when facts about them came to light later on. There was one part where I literally had a lump in my throat and almost started crying. So as not to give spoilers, I’ll just say the part at
the surgery. I nearly broke down! Really well narrated, I love Oliver Chris. But I found the end a little unsatisfactory, one of those endings where you’re left thinking well, then what? Some very tense moments, a lot of suspense and certainly issues which could be debated with controversy. My personal opinion is, once of age, what’s the problem?

Brilliant anthology

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-20

I love horror anthologies like this and Iain doesn’t disappoint here either. I think Exterminator is my favourite, although vulgar and offensive is really good too! Although I suppose I would say that being a woman! 😊 A really good collection of scary stories, with all different kinds of horror in. It’s just a shame “D is for degenerate” isn’t here, but having read it from Iain’s website, I can totally understand why!! Read this if you want some brilliant scares.

A truly terrifying read. Couldn't put it down.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-19

There aren’t many books that scare me, I consider myself a “hardened horror reader.” But this one managed to do it. Every kind of horror one can think of. Sex, gore, violence, with a good bit of science fiction mixed in to it all. Jake Reece is one disturbed individual. I could write so much about him, but I’ll leave that for you to find out! Suffice it to say, he caused shivers to run down my spine and I was left asking, is there anything he wouldn’t do? The history of the house was the most terrifying part for me. That really was some scary stuff. The plot, characters and narration kept me on the edge of my seat. All of the above were brilliant. The history of the house was my favourite part, before the dramatic face-off. If you’re going to read this book, I’d listen to the librarian’s advice if I were you. “Don’t come crying to me when you need a nightlight…”

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Terrifying, but funny in parts too

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-19

There are several reason I enjoyed this book. First is the horror and suspense of the situation that faces Rusty and Mia. But I also like Strand’s black humour throughout. Sarcasm and the way it was very well narrated made this to me a case of black humour and terrifying horror. I like it too because it’s set in one setting so to speak. The scene never changes from Mia and Rusty and their fight for survival. So we don’t have lots of other characters to get familiar with as we do in some books. I enjoy that about Strand’s books. He only uses the minamum and necessary amount of background before the horror starts. He seems to enjoy "stranding" people in forrests though against evil. The haunted forrest tour is a classic example of this. (Excuse the bad play on words!) Great book and excellently narrated to boot.

Amazing book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-19

This is another of those thrillers which had me hooked from the very first sentence. I couldn’t stop listening once I’d started. I read it in one day. You know when you read a book and you know rationally that you can stop and it’ll be there the next day, but you still can’t? When you can’t sleep until you know what happens? That’s what this one did for me. Really well narrated as well. The performance added to the story as much as the plot did. If Psychological thrillers are your thing, this book is definitely for you! My emotions towards different characters changed all the time. I went from hating one, to feeling sorry for them, to disliking another. For me, that’s the mark of a good thriller. I won’t lie, the very end bought a tear to my eye. I can’t recommend this highly enough for its suspense, terror, emotions. I absolutely adored Buster, and was routing for him through the whole book. A must read for my fellow thriller fans. Claustrophobic, terrifying, sad, and at times if you’re like me, you’ll want to hit something!

Tense, sad and disturbing

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-19

It took me a while to finally getting down to reading this, but once I did, I was not disappointed. The tension grabs you from the very first page. In the summary, it says this will appeal to fans of “the shining” by Stephen King, and having read both, I can see why. A man slowly driven out of control by the location he’s in. The line “take your medicine,” is also used in this book, all be it, Patrick means it literally, where as Jack Torrance meant it in a punishment sense. I guessed a few of the twists before they happened, but the “woman in the dark” came through in the end, helping Sarah out of danger. I disliked Patrick from page 1, even before they moved. Jack from the shining, same. There are a lot of similarities between the 2 in my opinion. Although, whereas Patrick was pure evil, I think Torrance was just miss guided, and had habits he could not break. If you’ve read this but not “the shining,” I recommend you do. A really good book, it tackles sensitive subjects IE self harm, child abuse, but does so in a way which makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. I have to say, my sympathy for Patrick didn’t change all through the book, I believe people are who they want to be with help, not by past issues. Really well narrated too, it’s not a book with any humour in it, it’s tense and disturbing throughout. There were times I wanted to shake Sarah, too. Only ones I really felt for all the way through, were Joe and Mia. Some very sad parts, too.

Brilliant book, performance lacking a little

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-19

I actually read this via Kindle a long time before this Audible release was available. As a result, I was a little disappointed in the performance. Not that reading it via a screen reader or in Braille would make it any better, but hearing it narrated was a bit of a let down. I did think Aubrey could have done some of the voices better. On to the book itself, I actually submitted a review to Iain once I’d finished it. Can’t post it here, way too many spoilers! But it’s another really good one from a brilliant author. A rollercoaster, literally, of all emotions. Fear, tears, comedy. I couldn’t wait for the Audible version, because I was desperate to read it, so when Iain told me it would be a few months, I took the plunge, and read it via Kindle. Maybe that's why I found the narration a little lacking. There’s one character in particular I felt a strong bond with, then another later on in the book when something is disclosed to us. But it might make you think twice about going to an abandoned theme park!

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Another really good one

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I really enjoyed this book, from the typical Iain horror and gore, to the building tention between the group. To me, this book had similarities to George Orwell's "animal farm" except it's the human's who end up against each other, as the animals attack them. Randall reminded me very strongly of Pig. Really well narrated as well. Never heard Bishop before, but he didn't disappoint. A must read if you like gory horror, with a combination of tension, suspense and fear.