The Secret of Crickley Hall is James Herbert’s number one bestseller. It explores the darker, more obtuse territories of evil and the supernatural. With brooding menace and rising tension, he masterfully and relentlessly draws the reader through to the ultimate revelation – one that will stay to chill the mind long after the book has been laid aside.
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. Perhaps here 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. 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 . . .
British horror writer Herbert (Devil in the Dark) breaks away from supernatural and SF horror to turn out a chilling classic haunted house tale. Gabe and Eve Caleigh and their two daughters need to escape their London home's association with five-year-old Cam, who disappeared almost a year ago. They move to Crickley Hall in the West Country and immediately experience supernatural goings-on, with thumping cupboards, a cellar door that won't stay shut, and odd, terrifying sounds and lights. Gabe and Eve discover that nine orphans died in a flood there during WWII, but they cannot imagine the depravity of the twisted man who ostensibly cared for the children, even as past and present rush together in a terrifying showdown. This delightfully over-the-top mood piece still finds room to explore the relationships between adults and children and the redemptive power of love.
Hooked after the first chapter
Fabulous book, couldn't put it down. Have recommended it to all of my friends. Definitely a book I would read again.
not his best work
i read all his books,i really enjoy his special way with words,he has a way of making the reader smell the grass,see the old english lodge but in my humble opinion this is below his high standard.in fact i have to say the worst of all mr herberts work..i will carry on reading everything he writes