- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (10 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340981016
- ISBN-13: 978-0340981016
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 487,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS has been translated into 15 languages including Russian, German and Indonesian.
DARK ECHO remains Cottam's most critically acclaimed novel to date; The Times calling it 'the perfect ghost story'. The plot revolves around an apparently cursed boat built by an American playboy in the years following the Great War when its restoration becomes a rich man's obsession in the present. It was followed by THE MAGDALENA CURSE, THE WAITING ROOM and BRODMAW BAY of which the Daily Telegraph said, 'Cottam succeeds brilliantly ... making the paranormal palatable to the sceptic with austerely elegant prose, psychological conviction and an instinctive grasp of inimitable 'cool''.
All five of those novels were published in the UK by Hodder and Stoughton. All are available in paperback and on Kindle.
Cottam self-published his most recent novel, THE COLONY, as a download only title for Kindle. The plot concerns a present day investigation into the Marie Celeste-like vanishing of a religious community from an island in the Hebrides early in the 19th century.
Writers he has been inspired by include M.R. James, Peter Straub and Stephen King. He says the first great story of the supernatural he read was Basil Copper's Camera Obscura.
One consistent feature of Cottam's fiction is the mingling of real historic characters with those he has invented;Aleister Crowley in THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS, Michael Collins in DARK ECHO, Wilfred Owen and George Mallory in THE WAITING ROOM.
'A thriller with a real sense of underlying evil, it's not to be read last thing at night.' (Saga)
Cottam succeeds brilliantly. (Daily Telegraph)
'Cottam's artful chiller has an exuberant innocence about it.' (Guardian)
A masterpiece of suspense with hints of The Wicker Man, this will have you sleeping with the lights on. (Bella)
Cottam delivers an effective and often stylish performance. (Daily Mail)
'A gripping story that will, just like Brodmaw Bay, suck you in and certainly leave you wanting more . . . A wonderful experience, moreishly dark and entertainingly immersive - Brodmaw Bay is one not to miss.' (milorambles.com)
'Cottam writes thrillers with a supernatural element and his greatest strength is the sense of place that he brings to a book . . . As usual this is a very readable book from an excellent writer.' (crimesquad.com)
Full of suspense and satisfyingly spooky, this is a real thriller. (4 stars) (Closer)
It's brilliantly crafted, and will leave the most cynical of readers wondering about what lurks beneath the sea. (Northampton Chronicle & Echo)
Don't go there . . . The new novel by the author of The House of Lost Souls is another masterpiece of suspense.
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All these chilling portends are ignored, and the family are warmly welcomed to the village. The characters in Brodmaw Bay are excellently portrayed and their sinister secret very gradually revealed. Shadows of doubt creep into the family's minds, and gradually they come to realise the idyllic Brodmaw Bay is not at all what it seems. F.G. Cottam will have you urging them to leave the Bay before it's too late, and the pages will be turning as you discover the plight of the Greer family.
Perhaps it was the way he relayed background to his plot-setting that had a very "researched" feel to it, or the many superfluous contemporary cultural references that peppered the narrative, or the rather pessimistic view of contemporary London - no doubt intended to make the idea of the Cornish village all the more idyllic - but coming across as unnecessary, bombastic tub-thumping. All the characters in the Greer family excel at something - even the father, who sees himself as a failure but isn't really - and the irritatingly precocious personas of the children which immediately brings a smugly affluent, middle-class perspective to the proceedings.
The plot was reasonably well constructed, though I found the central idea predictable and a bit hackneyed, with twists just a little too fortunate and contrived to be convincing.
This is all very negative; I really wanted to like this book but found it disappointing, especially in comparison to "Dark Echo" which I read a few months ago.
Nevertheless, in its favour, it did keep me reading till the end; contrivances aside, it was entertaining, just not the best I feel this author can deliver.
This is by no means a bad novel, but it isn't particularly outstanding.
The Greer family had always enjoyed living in London. The busy hustle and bustle of the city life is what they had come to call home. But, when James and Lillian Greer's teenage son Jack is seriously wounded by a tyre iron wielding youth during a mugging, James decides that London is no longer a safe place to call home. And it's as his mind is full of these thoughts, as he sits by his unconscious son lying in the hospital bed, that he comes across a children's book entitled 'Brodmaw Bay' that shows a collection of beautiful illustrations of the most idyllic and quaintly old-fashioned coastal village that Greer could ever imagine. Illustrations that were undoubtedly the work of his very own wife - the now very successful children's book illustrator.
However, Lillian Greer has absolutely no recollection of doing these particular illustrations. The date of publication shows that they would have been done during her time at university, studying for her creative profession. Other than that, she has no clue. And so, armed now with his own copy of the book, James Greer starts to do a little digging on the internet. And the search engine results reveal that Brodmaw Bay is in fact a very real place. A place that James Greer is quickly becoming convinced is the right place for his family to live.
With the decision that they will finally get out of London made, James Greer takes a couple of days to visit the Cornish fishing village by himself, to see if the area really is what they have been looking for.Read more ›
Having completed the book my opinion is rather confused, but leans towards the negative for some fundamental reasons. The prose is competent in the most technical sense, and a lot of energy and research seems to have gone into building the story, yet the writing lacks passion or zest. I'm very happy reading books that are descriptive and slow paced just so long as the writing is engaging, with some kind of poetry to it, but the first half of Brodmaw Bay is so very drawn out and unyielding that I often found myself giving up and closing the book in sheer boredom. There are very many long and pointless descriptions of the past and mythology of Cornwall, which wouldn't have been a problem if written with vibrancy and dynamism, but the passages read as if spoken by rote by a rather uninspired history teacher.
Then there are the characters. If F.G. Cottam can be forgiven for his plodding prose, he cannot be forgiven for creating a group of the most lacklustre characters I've come across in a good few years of reading. James, Lillian, Jack and Olivia Greer are a family of improbable talents - a highly successful and revered artist, a gifted computer programmer, and a world standard footballer - but not one of them has enough personality to fill a thimble. F.G.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very slow, felt like some parts had been cut and pasted from Wikipedia. Also quite a stereotypical view of London life and the horrors it brings for nice middle-class white folks. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Archie
Started very good and promising but all of a sudden was just full of unessersay drivel about football. Could not finish it. I hate football.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
Once again F G Cottam has created a supernatural setting full of intrigue and mystery. A worthy read for fans and newbies alike.Published 12 months ago by Green Goddess
F.G.Cottam is a 'new' author for me although I have now read quite a few of his books (all in the last 7 days). This one is excellent, a real page turner. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ferreter
I took to reading Brodmaw Bay with much gusto as a newly converted fan of his writing and concepts. I went in with high expectations prepared to be chilled to the bone and scared... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
F G Cottam is a master of the genre in which he writes and this book is another triumph. I won't give the plot away but will merely say that I couldn't put my Kindle down until I... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mary
I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I will definitely be checking out the author's other books. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Martin Gill