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Summary

This is the tale of a deadly conspiracy, an all-consuming obsession and an unlikely heroine.

Michael Aldridge, talented architect and devoted family man, has built his dream home on the Isle of Wight, but when strange coincidences take a sinister turn, he must uncover a long-forgotten secret before it's too late.

A wonderfully sinister new novella from the master of the chilling ghost story, The Going and the Rise questions how far you would go to realise your dream...and what you would risk to protect the one you love.

©2015 Francis Cottam (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Ghostly??

Thoroughly enjoyed , an unusual ghost story
With a really good twist and a sad ending
The reader was really good with a lovely
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A good supernatural thriller

This is an entertaining supernatural story with a touch of pathos, there is a sense of foreboding even as the family are preparing to start a new beginning away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It does not end happily..!

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Superb novella

Everything a fan could want from a Cottam story but in a couple of hours.

Excellent story, superbly narrated. Good use of foreshadowing and peril. The story and characters are well rounded. Sufficiently long for a listener to become emerced in the audiobook.

Highly recommended.

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Quite good

I enjoyed this book, and liked the tone and sound and listening to the narrator who was a very pleasant reader, he took his time and used lovely intonation during speech to “voice “ his characters
Although I wished the story was a little longer the ending felt like it had cut the story short a bit too early
Some of the language used is brilliant, and I really loved this book

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Surprised

So much wonderful story successfully crammed into a few hours, not easy to do without losing something. Very satisfying listening.

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loved it. great price!

loved it. def recommend for cottam lovers!!! rintoul is an amazing story teller don't miss!

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Excellent

Wow, this is back to the brilliant creepy and interesting style of Mr Cottam's 'Waiting Room', I really enjoyed this book, it left me still pondering and thinking about the eerie tale. I loved it.

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  • Ann
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 09-05-16

Absorbing listen

I think that maybe short stories are a better vehicle for horror than a full length book.

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  • Blue Dragonfly
  • 16-04-16

Not really a sequel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, to anyone who likes a good mystery. This is the 3rd book of his that I have read and all of them have kept me on the "edge of my seat". I found them hard to turn off because I wanted to know what would happen next.

What did you like best about this story?

Once again, F. G. Cottam writes great characters into his books, which is important to me in a story. I also love that the plots are not easy to figure out until the very end and his endings are always surprising. Also, I like that they are very atmospheric, humorous at times and totally riveting.

Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favorite?

I like all of the characterizations by David Rintoul. He is a great narrator and can do any kind of voice perfectly. I enjoyed the return of the "goth" girl from the previous book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Miracles or Maladies?

Any additional comments?

Though this was listed as the 3rd book in the "Colony" series it isn't really connected. It is more a short story in which one of the characters from the previous books appears briefly. It is an enjoyable and mysterious stand alone book that doesn't require the reader to have read the two previous books (though I highly recommend them).. The plot is completely different from the two former novels, though on its own, very enjoyable.

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  • DobieChuck
  • 15-04-16

Estimable and haunting

An excellent short work, and a great bridge from the 1st novel to the 2nd... Dark and insinuating w/ evocative imagery and setting... Skillfully drawn characters and superior narration...