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Summary

Winner of the August Derleth award, Last Days is a chilling and terrifying novel from master of horror Adam Nevill.  

The Temple of the Last Days. The brutal cult with a history of murder, sex and occult dealings destroyed itself during one night of ritualistic violence decades ago. Or so they thought....

Kyle Freeman is an indie filmmaker with no money and few options, so when he lands a commission to make a documentary about The Temple of the Last Days he jumps at the chance. Little does he know that his investigation into the cult's bloody history will lead him into the darkest places he's ever been. As they travel from London and France to Arizona tracing the path of the cult, uncanny events, out-of-body experiences, ghastly artefacts and visits by the merciless 'old friends' plague Kyle and his one-man crew. They soon discover the power of the cult's terrible legacy and that it may be too late for them to escape....  

©2012 Adam Nevill (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

“His previous novel was the superb The Ritual, but with Last Days he's gone one better. This is riveting, and Nevill is fast becoming Britain's answer to Stephen King.” (The Guardian

“Taking its cue from real-life cults Last Days is an effectively creepy novel that will leave you sleeping with the lights on.” (SFX)

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On par with the ritual if not better.

Hooked from start to finish a great story dark and disturbing great narration nevill has a fantastic knowledge of the ocult and it shows in all his work by far the best out of the 3 books he has released recently..

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Genuinely frightening

It’s not very often a book has me on edge throughout each chapter, I could not stop thinking about what is going to happen next and to whom! Narration by Chris Dickens is superb as Kyle’s building fear and desperation is felt with each location he travels, this book really has it all and is definitely one of the best horror fiction, if you’ve read The Ritual you certainly enjoy this.

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Ruined by narrator

I really should have returned this but I was filled with ennui. The story is passable even if the characters have absolutely zero internal lives but the whole experience was ruined by the narrator. Everything from the nasal, thin tone of his voice to his utter inability to distinguish between the two lead characters; apparently a young film director and aged film producer can share the same exact voice. And I won't even go into his inability to pronounce certain words (listen to his 'raison d'etre) or terrible French... accent, if we're to call it that. I will have to make a note to check and avoid anything narrated by this person in future.

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I slept with the light on for three nights

I really enjoyed this horror, genuinely scary! Fingers crossed I can go to sleep tonight...

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A good horror story

A great story and a great narrator. A few odd pronunciations made me laugh but all in all the narrator brought the story to live.

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Epic!

God, this was so immersive! not only was it a feast of words that was so enjoyable to listen to; but it was epic in depth of story. I was bereft when it ended. This is a fantastic listen!

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I liked it a lot

Worth it for the parts that scare. It takes a real master to conjure scary scenes in modern world where we are all over exposed to intense horror ranging from movies to social media.

I think the late James Herbert would have struggled writing for the audience of today. When he wrote there was still an innocence in the world which longer exists.

Adam perfectly describes our primal fear which is the dark, the unknown and lack of control of our surroundings. Extremely well captured,

Aspects of the story though were slightly muddled and there was scope for further character development.

There are gaps in the who, what and why. But I think it’s because I was so engaged with the book I found myself wanting to learn more.

I don’t want to be over critical of the ending as it is incredibly difficult to create the perfect conclusion. It left me feeling that there should have been more.

The narration was superb and really brought out the atmosphere and emotions with the story exceptionally well. I’ll listen to more books read by this narrator.

Definitely recommend this book to seasoned horror fans down to someone looking for a different genre.
In unlikely realm that the author reads this review, I would ask Adam if he can write an apocalyptic book similar to 28 days later. I think he would be perfect in that space and his imagination is unreal.



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Slow progress, strong finish

Over descriptive sometimes which dragged scenes on for longer than necessary. The latter stages of the book however, were very good and gripping. Redeemed itself.

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Awesome book

A really great and creepy novel by Adam Nevill, brought wonderfully to life in this audiobook. Highly recommended

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A bit long winded

A bit long winded for me. The story was good, ending was not my kind of thing.
First book I’ve not enjoyed on Audible, shame really as it could have be half the length and a good book.
But just my opinion.