The Caleighs have had a terrible year. They need time and space, while they await the news they dread. Gabe has brought his wife, Eve, and daughters, Loren and Cally, down to Devon, to the peaceful seaside village of Hollow Bay. He can work, and Eve and the kids can have some peace and quiet - and perhaps they can try, as a family, to come to terms with what's happened to them.
Crickley Hall is an unusually large house on the outskirts of the village at the bottom of Devil's Cleave, a massive tree-lined gorge, the stuff of local legend. A river flows past the front garden. It's perfect for them, if a bit gloomy. And Chester, their dog, seems really spooked at being away from home. And old houses do make sounds. And it's constantly cold. And even though they shut the cellar door every night, it's always open again in morning.
The Secret of Crickley Hall is James Herbert's finest novel to date. It explores the darker, more obtuse territories of evil and the supernatural. With brooding menace and rising tension, he masterfully and relentlessly draws the listener through to the ultimate revelation: one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside.
The Secret of Crickley Hall
I really enjoyed this book, as usual James Herbert jumped straight in running giving the book a really good pace. The characters were easy to relate to and believable. The plot was nail bitingly good and keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times especially if you are a parent, but at the same time creating a chilling atmosphere with a vivid image. I gave this Audio book 4 stars because it was a grabbing story and easy to listen to withe excellent acoustic qualities and volume.
Very disappointing - the narration is terrible. A tense, spooky ghost story is read as if it's a childrens adventure book. The choice of reader was totally wrong and really spoilt the whole book for me. A waste of money I'm afraid.
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So this is the state of British horror today? Tired, routine and cliched. Not a single iota of originality, neither in plot nor writing style. Swish Thwack!
Reader was good. Got a bit sick of his impressions of females though, who all sounded like scared, weak little girls, except for the scared little girls who sounded annoying.