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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (2 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841494356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841494357
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DYING WORDS is the latest novel from the under-rated master of horror, and rest assured it's another gnawingly scary addition to the canon . . . Hutson's writing is oddly addictive, and over the years he seems to have developed something of a winning formula as far as page turners go. DYING WORDS is no exception. Harrowing and horrific in places, it is only slightly let down by the unlikely revelation at its climax: the mystery is so enjoyable that you actually forget you're reading a straight horror yarn until the supernatural element of the book leaps out at you and goes "urgh!". (SFX)

If you want pacy, explicit, edge-of-the-seat storytelling, Hutson is always a good bet. Great fun. (THE GUARDIAN)

One of the best fiction books of the year (Dark Side)

Shaun Hutson is significantly better than many other Brits. His short, cliffhanger-capped chapters propel you through the story at pace; Hutson takes us, breathless, over the finish line at a point where King or Koontz would still be doing their stretchi (SFX)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Fishman on 25 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
After reading the synopsis I doubted the man would deliver a book that was to my usual Hutson taste. How wrong I was, Hutson is back on form and nails it with Dying Words.

What I thought was going to be a tedious Da Vinci type novel was actually from start to finish a classic Hutson gore fest. This book was very difficult to put down, Hutson fans should buy it now.

If you are a gore fan new to Hutson, this is a good place to start.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. S. Clements on 5 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
I hadn't read any Hutson in a while so I was pleased to see that he's retained his short, clipped style which rockets forward at a nice pace. Things kick off with an exciting police chase through London, though with another Detective Inspector who behaves like a law unto himself and predictably doesn't get punished for it, then the book follows a series of murders in seemingly impossible circumstances ( doors locked from the inside, no witnesses, no fingerprints, etc ).

Hutson's greatest strength is that he doesn't waste a word, which always makes you feel like you can read a little bit more, then before you know it you're up to the last twenty pages. Others may prize him for his gore but it's quite samey here, the first bloody murder scene does shock a little but after that it's business as usual. Blood becomes so normal you just accept it and move on, and there's few of the affecting descriptions of bullets or blugeons wreaking havoc on the human body as to add to the mystery we're never there when the crimes are comitted.

It all works well, right up until the twist is revealed, then things go downhill very rapidly. You feel cheated, all that investment on your part and carefully built suspense was leading to this? The book deserves a better final third because a good deal of it is quite solid, it's just a shame that the last stretch of it almost makes you forget that.
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By Keith T. on 12 Dec. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
long time since I read Hudson. lost none of his bite.
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By Lesley Davies on 4 Jan. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Thoroughly enjoyable and with no problems thankyou
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 3 April 2010
Format: Paperback
For the best part of this crime novel, Hutson provides readers with a repetitive tease chapter after chapter. It's a sloppy approach at delaying any real content and the sequence of grisly murders appear just often enough to keep the pages turning. The finale however takes a leap from Graham Masterton's work and is an interesting and surprising turn. The novel certainly lacks the mystique or tension of Masterton's approach, however previous readers of Hutson's novels will know what to expect. So, persistent teasing aside, there's a quality ending and some interesting enough characters to make Dying Words a quick and easy horror yarn, worthy of a few hours of your time.
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