Wednesday, 15 October 2014

An English Ghost story - Kim Newman

A dysfunctional British nuclear family seek a new life away from the big city in the sleepy Somerset countryside. At first their new home, The Hollow, seems to embrace them, creating a rare peace and harmony within the family. But when the house turns on them, it seems to know just how to hurt them the most—threatening to destroy them from the inside out. 

My thoughts:
I liked this. It was not HORROR, but it was indeed horror. Now what do I mean with that? It was more subtle, and it grew and grew until I was all, I sure hope my house is not haunted 0_0

A dysfunctional family, wait a moment. I just have to say that this family should have been in family therapy and the parents should have gotten a divorce. Toxic! Anyway, the family wants to move, to improve their relationship and then they see the house. See there it starts, the subtle strangeness. They freaking love the house, they want to marry the house and dance around it singing. And the house feels it.

We have a mother who was dependent on a friend. A father who wanted to rule. A sister with an eating disorder. And a son who plays soldier. But everything changes. The house is amazing, they are all happy. They eat pancakes and smile. But, the house knows. The house is watching, and there are ghosts playing around.

Slowly we see that there is something going on. Things move on their own. And as the family realizes this, everything starts to fall apart. It goes from happy to chilly to creepy. Subtle...English. Because sometime it's you who are the dark one.

Conclusion:
A nice ghost story :)

Cover
Ok for a ghost story


Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Titan Books
Horror /fiction
For review


38 comments:

  1. SCORE! I love a good ghost story!

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  2. Scaryyyyy!! This is perfect for Halloween... I want!!

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  3. Oooo, this sounds great! Subtle horror is the best.

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  4. Oh this sounds cool. The house sounds uber creepy.

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    1. I would for sure not live there...or go there

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  5. Now horror with a lowercase h I can handle. Sounds like good autumn read.

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  6. Doesn't the Hollows just sound like a haunted house though? They should have known better!

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    1. Hehe, they should have. Also an author lived there who wrote about ghosts

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  7. I love that twist in the end! It's you! :) This one sounds like a good one for this time of the year.

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  8. I'm not a fan of horror. *shudders*

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    1. Yes but it was not HORROR, just horror

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    1. No, that it way too American and brutal. This was subtle, the ghosts were even friendly but...things change

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  10. Oh wow. There are lots of issues in that household. Thanks for sharing about this one.

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  11. I know what you mean by horror but not horror. Some of the good ones are very subtle, but they are good at getting under your skin.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Thank you. It was hard to explain, cos for the first, I do not read horror, but this was not Horror lol

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  12. I love horror, and I love British novels. So... double win?

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  13. I like to read a book like that from time to time and I'm intrigued by your review now.

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    1. It was a long time since I read one like this one

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  14. Now this sounds wonderful. I think I know what you mean about horror but not horror. Wonderful review Linda

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  15. I like subtle horrors :). I am so glad you reviewed this one.

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    1. You might like it, but then I am always scared to recommend to you ;)

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  16. Negative vibes man made the ghostie worse I bet.

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  17. Ooh this sounds like a creepy one! I love when the house is up to no good, Amityville style.

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  18. Interesting family. Never heard of this before and it sounds good.

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