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Dark Echo [Kindle Edition]

F.G. Cottam
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F.G. Cottam has crafted a superb and tautly told tale . . . A perfect ghost story (The Times)

'F.G. Cottam's complex, tautly atmospheric thriller delivers plenty of chills . . . the perfect dark winter night yarn' (Daily Mail)

'Beautifully written and highly engaging' (Daily Mirror)

A terrifying encounter with manifest evil . . . chilling novel . . . His adrenaline-charged prose is drawn tight with suspense (James Urquhart, Financial Times on THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS)

'Full of interest and not a little tension . . . (Cottam) knows a lot more about good writing than his supposedly more upmarket competitors' (Guardian)

'A very good read . . . the characters are convincing, the settings authentic and it is well paced, with room for slow menace as well as hectic action' (Historical Novels Review)

'Just the thing for a dark, cold January night: a supernatural spine-chiller and a romantic heart-warmer.' (Saga)

Extremely well-written . . .Old-fashioned suspense combined with modern horror imagery to produce a fine example of the genre. (The Times on THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS)

'Cottam has crafted a well-paced horror thriller.' (Sunday Canberra Times)

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'F.G. Cottam has crafted a superb and tautly told tale ... A perfect ghost story' -- The Times 'F.G. Cottam's complex, tautly atmospheric thriller delivers plenty of chills ... the perfect dark winter night yarn' -- Daily Mail 20081031 'Beautifully written and highly engaging' -- Daily Mirror 20081031 'A terrifying encounter with manifest evil ... chilling novel ... His adrenaline-charged prose is drawn tight with suspense' -- James Urquhart, Financial Times on THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS 20080301 'Full of interest and not a little tension ... (Cottam) knows a lot more about good writing than his supposedly more upmarket competitors' -- Guardian 20081129 'A very good read ... the characters are convincing, the settings authentic and it is well paced, with room for slow menace as well as hectic action' -- Historical Novels Review 20081101 'Just the thing for a dark, cold January night: a supernatural spine-chiller and a romantic heart-warmer.' -- Saga 20090105 'Extremely well-written ...Old-fashioned suspense combined with modern horror imagery to produce a fine example of the genre.' -- The Times on THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS 20080322 'Cottam has crafted a well-paced horror thriller.' -- Sunday Canberra Times 20090118

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340953888
  • Publisher: Hodder (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080K3KFY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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F.G. Cottam writes paranormal thrillers in which the past reverberates shockingly into the present. His debut novel THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS was a Times Book Group choice and won the Dracula Society's Children of the Night Award. The story examines the repercussions in the present day of satanic rituals enacted by a coven of devil-worshippers in England in the 1920s.
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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far from F.G.Cottam 4 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
Having read all the other titles from this author, I was sadly expecting a weak, rushed ending. I have found the books to be good, real page turners, but the endings to be unsatisfactory. However, I was pleasantly surprised by Dark Echo as the story was brilliant with a great build up to the end. I enjoyed the references to Southport, which I know really well, and had obviously been well researched. It made the book real and relevant to me. I have enjoyed all this authors books but Dark Echo is my favourite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Echo 18 July 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I've read another of the author's works, The Waiting Room, which I enjoyed. So I looked forward to this book. Overall, a good spooky story - enough of a crescendo in the tension and uncertainty about what's going on to keep the reader's interest engaged. The writing is sharp and crisp, which is good in a book which relies on its tension and suspense. This is a story of the past and the present coming together in a way that should never be; of unrequited loves, of unfulfilled promises and of things that should be left in the dark where they belong. This is a pretty good book, and a fairly good story. I didn't engage with the characters perhaps as much as I would have liked to, but overall not at all bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 10 Jun 2013
By gogo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Chillingly terrifying in all the right places. Thoroughly enjoyable read & will have to read more by this author. Fantastico
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and very spooky! 10 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found Dark Echo in a bookshop whilst travelling in New Zealand. With weight restrictions on the flight home, I was reading and leaving behind my other reads, but not this one! This one was coming home with me, albeit a hardback! It was the first of the author's books I had read at the time and enjoyed it enormously. I loved the characters and the tension builds until it is almost unbearable. With flashbacks to the 1920s/30s, it was made even more real for me, as I was in Napier for the annual Art Deco weekend in February, and everyone, me included, was dressed in 20s/30s costume! This is a wonderfully atmospheric and very spooky novel. I cannot recommend it enough. Like me, you'll be reading it long into the night.....with the lights on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars house of lost souls revisited 1 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm about half way through this at the moment and I think I've made a mistake in reading it straight after the house of lost souls. The characters are almost identical, ie; an army connection, the girlfriend with an Irish connection. The places (Isle of Wight, whitstable, London), the ghosts (1920's, rich, black magic connections) and the haunted 'thing'- a boat rather than a house. It almost feels as though I'm still reading the first one which is confusing at times. I don't know if this is all deliberate, like a series or something but I would like more variation in the themes next time I read one of F G Cottams, though I do like his style of writing and his ability to create unease.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent supernatural thriller 19 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
I thought The House of Lost Souls was a promising start but with Dark Echo F.G. Cottam has confirmed his status as a writer of enthralling supernatural thrillers.

The tale starts with an enigmatic and disturbing prologue which recounts a treacherous war-time episode in Rouen in September 1917. Now we fast-forward to the present day and the auction purchase of the Dark Echo by wealthy, retiring businessman Magnus Stannard. His plan is to restore the eighty-year-old schooner to all its former glory and then sail her across the Atlantic with his son Martin. When not all goes well with the restoration, however, Martin's lover Suzanne becomes concerned and starts looking into Dark Echo's past.

She identifies Harry Spalding, American millionaire playboy, war veteran and Dark Echo's first owner and what she begins to uncover convinces her that Dark Echo and Harry Spalding share an evil history that threatens Magnus and Martin today. And what is the link to 1917?

Cottam does a good job in the first part of the book in characterising Magnus, Martin and Suzanne, as well as taking us through the trials and tribulations of Dark Echo's restoration. Whilst Martin re-establishes his relationship with his father, Suzanne's background research slowly takes over as piece by piece she assembles evidence of a worrisome past. The pace accelerates in the final third of the book to a truly gripping finale when I simply could not put the book down.

Excellent stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 6 Jan 2010
By the elf
Format:Paperback
Not just well written but extremely well written, as was House of Lost Souls (if you haven't read that go get it), a real page turner. I read it during my (extended) breaks at work and had great difficulty putting it down to resume my job. It's a story about a haunted boat of all things (don't worry it's none too spooky so it can safely be read at night) and an amateur detective (the hero's girlfriend) who uncovers the boat's secret after much sleuthing. I hate it when reviewers tell me what happens in a story so I won't tell you. All I will say is Cottam deserves to be up there with the best. This is the second book of his that I've read. I'm sending for his latest, the Magdalena Curse next and can't wait till June for The Waiting Room.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointed 14 Dec 2008
Format:Hardcover
I loved FM Cottams previous novel The House Of Lost Souls and so was very much looking forward to The Dark Echo,and whilst it has snatches of brilliance ,and is imaginative and very well researched,I feel it just takes TOO long to get going,the story at times seems laboured and long-winded.

Most of the book is taken up with setting the scene,wealthy entrepreneur buys dilapidated boat The Dark Echo with the purpose of doing it up and sailing with his son,the boat belonged to a notorious playboy Harry Spalding whose past is murky to say the least.

Strange and unexplainable things start to happen,is the boat possessed? Is Harry Spalding still alive? Can Martin and his father be saved?

Read The Lost Souls first and I'm sure you'll find it superior,sadly for me this book just ran out of steam.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
A good read. A haunted boat makes for a claustrophobic centrepiece, and its effect on the main characters is well portrayed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M MYDDLE
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but not that good
The story seemed to take an age to get going & there was far too much about Southport & boat building/repairs. Read more
Published 9 months ago by musiclover
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!
"Dark Echo" is yer another great read from F.G Cottam. This writer is consistently good. Cottam weaves an atmospheric tale that sends shivers down the spine. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
As usual, excellent book but, unlike I've just done, try and space these books out as to many similarities and familiarities with his other books, especially House of Lost Souls... Read more
Published 14 months ago by C J Duffy
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy this
After thoroughly enjoying another Cottam novel I bought this only to be severely disappointed.

The story goes along fine, with plenty of tension until 2 of our main... Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. King
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars again!
This is the 2nd book I've read by the same author, I started a few weeks ago with 'The Waiting Room', which I loved. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read by this author.
This is a very good read. The characters are are well rounded & It will be appreciated by both fans of the supernatural & of a quest into the past.
Published 21 months ago by SPM.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lambent Lambeth and Usual Successful Ingredients
Dark Echo was published in 2008 and contains all the usual elements of a F G Cottam novel. The descriptions are superb whether it is a storm-lashed night on the ocean, a pub in... Read more
Published on 9 April 2012 by Book Beaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably atmospheric Chiller.
"Dark Echo" is a fairly effective supernatural thriller which prologues with an intriguing incident during the first world war and quickly shifts to a modern day setting. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2011 by J. Mcdonald
3.0 out of 5 stars more gory than expected
although entertaining this book was rather too drenched in blood. The atmosphere builds nicely and it goes along apace but for me was spoilt by the too graphic violence and I was... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2011 by gerry
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