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Broken Voices (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Taylor
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'Brilliantly atmospheric' - Observer

Broken Voices is a 23,000-word novella, written especially for Kindle Singles. A chilling ghost story, it is set a hundred years ago in an East Anglian cathedral city. Two lonely schoolboys at the end of childhood are forced into an unwanted companionship. One of them is terrified of what the future holds.

Does music have its ghosts? Its victims? Something is stirring in the cathedral that both echoes an ancient tragedy and seems to offer a chance of future happiness. One thing is certain. Broken voices make false promises. And their lies may prove fatal.

Andrew Taylor is a British crime and historical novelist whose books include the international bestseller, The American Boy (a Richard-and-Judy selection), and the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel). Among his many awards are the Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Excellence in crime writing. His latest novel is The Scent of Death, winner of the 2013 Historical Dagger.

Broken Voices has never previously been published before in any form.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 278 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Lydmouth Limited (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Andrew Taylor is a British crime and historical novelist, winner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger (for lifelong excellence in the genre) and many other awards. His books include the international bestseller, The American Boy (a Richard and Judy selection); the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel); The Anatomy of Ghosts, shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year; The Scent of Death, winner of the Historical Dagger; and The Silent Boy.

He is also the author of three Kindle Singles novellas - Broken Voices; The Leper House; and The Scratch.

He lives on the borders of England and Wales. He is the Spectator's crime fiction reviewer.

For more information about Andrew Taylor and his books, see:

Follow on twitter: @andrewjrtaylor

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the spirit of MR James 26 Dec. 2012
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A choirboy whose voice has broken. Splinters of a shattered anthem in a dark cathedral. An unaccountably malevolent cat. Andrew Taylor ventures boldly into M R James country, geographically and metaphorically, in this quietly disturbing period piece. Like all good ghost stories, the incidents are ambivalent - was it or wasn't it? What lingers is an atmosphere laden with dread... and the dangerous memories preserved in old stones. If such things divert you, don't miss this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taylor fan 7 Jan. 2013
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Tautly written and atmospheric. The character that made my skin prickle most was Mordred the cat! Andrew Taylor never disappoints and this short novel is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 1 Oct. 2013
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Very atmospheric. The description brings it to life remarkably well. Gothic but at the same time, convincing. A rather dark and gloomy tale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 9 May 2013
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As the heading says, it's okay. Managed to read this in less time than it takes to read the Ten Commandments. A bit of an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. For a holiday read it gets 4 stars, but I haven't had a holiday in yonks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Broken Voices 27 Aug. 2013
By dinky
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I like this author but was disappointed by this one.
Partly because it was too short though he did create a frightening atmosphere at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There's always a risk when an author takes on a short story. Particularly when it's a short horror/supernatural story. The risk is; there's no room to develop the proper amount of tension and darkness to cause anything like a real chill factor. That's what happened here.

The story itself is easy to follow and set is East Anglia approximately one hundred years ago. There are two principle characters, schoolboys, who are reaching adulthood when they find themselves drawn into a mystery involving music and an ancient cathedral. The basic question is always 'is it or isn't it' as the reader is asked whether events are imaginary or paranormal.

Broken Voices is one to add to the growing collection of ghost stories written in the style of M. R. James.

Is it scary?. No. Broken Voices is intelligent and nicely written but there's very little here that's in any way chilling. The story doesn't live up to it's promise though I did enjoy the character of the wicked black cat who pops in and out of the plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Misadventure 11 Jan. 2013
By Rossi
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As always, Andrew Taylor captures the essence of the period beautifully as in this short novel set 100 years ago of two boys left at boarding school with an elderly guardian over Christmas. However, for me the storyline felt rather predictable and as soon as the ghost stories were told, it was obvious what was going to happen and it then became an account of the boys misadventure rather than a creepy ghost story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It peters out... 27 Jan. 2013
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This is a professional and atmospheric piece of writing and I enjoyed it thoroughly until I got near the end and realised it was simply going to peter out. It's as if the writer suddenly realised that he'd got close to his word count and had to rush to his conclusion. An insignificant death, a couple (?) of cats who are built up as characters but are actually tangential to the story; a potentially interesting quest that leads nowhere: it doesn't add up to much. The writing and the promise of the first 80% of the novella earn it 4 stars: just don't expect too much from the ending.
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