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Family Portrait

Family Portrait [Kindle Edition]

Graham Masterton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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"Graham Masterton is the living inheritor to the realm of Edgar Allan Poe" (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Masterton is a crowd-pleaser, filling his pages with sparky, appealing dialogue and visceral grue" (Time Out)

"Graham Masterton is possibly horror's most consistent provider of chills" (Master of Chills)

"Though Masterton is capable of conjuring a spooky atmosphere and evoking chills from understated terrors, more often than not he goes for the gut, building to splattery climaxes of physical terror" (Publishers Weekly)

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'One of the few true masters of the horror genre' James Herbert, author of Others.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1446472221
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (19 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F3GLXW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and gripping! 26 May 2010
By Holly
I used to read an awful lot of books when I was much younger, (two to three per week!), but over the last decade I guess that had fallen to no more than one per year if I was lucky, so when I picked up this book in a charity shop I wasn't expecting to read it in much less than a year. Right from the first chapter, though, I was gripped. Gruesome though the descriptions of the flesh strippings are, for me those just added to my enjoyment of the book! It totally captured my imagination to the extent I was putting off doing jobs that needed doing just to see what happened next. I read the book in one month, which as you've read is 12 times faster than my usual consumption! What I would love now is for someone to make a film of the book. I'm sure it would be a smash. It really is right up there with 'A Picture of Dorian Gray'. Do yourself a favour and get a copy today! Thanks Mr. Masterton for a super read...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterton at his very best 4 Feb 2010
This book has got to rate in the top five of mastertons horror novels. It is loosely based around a strange painting and a villanous family's maniacal strive for eternal youth and the lengths they go to to achieve it. Its gripping, frightening and at one stage so graphically gruesome it almost turned my stomach. A must have for masterton fans and a great starting point for those new to his work. Excellent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family portrait by Graham Masterson 5 Jan 2014
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Brilliant scary page turner. If you enjoy sleepless nights this is. the Auther for you !!!!! Bring on the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Family portrait 9 May 2013
By susieQ
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A fast paced book..Couldn't put it down..finished it in a day. Excellent. Have read quite a few of his books now and never disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read !! 14 Oct 2012
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I decided to try this novel from Masterton after reading 'The House That Jack Built' (several times) a few years ago - and I'm so glad I did.
The author gives a great feel to the overall surroundings and characters within the story, allowing the reader to include their own imagination to what is already a great storyline. Where many authors fill pages with useless, repetitive or pointless information, Masterton has the gift of giving just the right amount of information needed which greatly adds to the page-turning speed at which the reader will go through this book.
Any concerns I had that this author may have been a 'one-off' after reading The aforementioned 'House That Jack Built', have been completely wiped clean. A great book, very well written, very hard to put down, and written by probably now one of my favourite authors.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best 29 July 2012
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A great story with a sinister atnosphere that is very powerful. The appalling Gray family is one of Masterton's finest inventions and his description of the events and settings are very good indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Family Portrait 19 Mar 2012
By Barrie
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From the start of this Horror book, your being led into a world were people and animals go missing and are later found skinned alive, all becomes clear who's doing what bit by bit as you turn the pages your knee deep in the house of horrors, where all they need to survive is a young skin, you'll be hooked in no time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece in horror not to be missed. 25 Dec 2010
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graham masterton is an immense talent. all his books are written with such depth and imagination - you just cannot put them down! i can safely say this is one of my favourites, and i have lost count of how many times i have read it; but i never tire of the story (a fabulous and original twist on wilde's dorian gray). as you are reading, you can imagine the characters/events in your mind as though you were watching a movie. this is a skill he manages with all his works. the horror is graphic, and not for the faint hearted; but it is delivered as a valid part of the story with sophistication, and is not in the least bit shlocky. a must for anyone who enjoys thought provoking horror. i've been hooked since reading the manitou in 1975, and have been collecting his novels ever since. he carries out an immense amount of research for his stories, and it shows in the quality of his writing. coupled with the fact that his imagination is simply incredible. any horror fan who has not checked out graham masterton is really missing out. this man, in my opinion, far outclasses stephen king, and deserves far more recognition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as id hoped
I have been a great fan of graham masterton for many years and have read most of his books and have really enjoyed most of them, however this book I found lacklustre, plodding and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by allyson craddock
5.0 out of 5 stars A touch of Oscar Wilde
I wondered where this was going in the first instance but the plot and characters lead to the final twist. A good read
Published 2 months ago by Mobi
4.0 out of 5 stars started off
grippingly good, as you would expect from Mr Masterton, but seemed to go off on another tangent and a little unbelievable, but still kept me wanting to read to the end.
Published 2 months ago by Oscar
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
Loved this book....Mr. Masterton has a very vivid imagination (just like me).....Couldn't leave it down....This is the 2nd of his books i have read...Excellent
Published 3 months ago by E. Patton
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it you must
fantastic story- fast paced and fabulous plot. One to read again. Great twist on the Story Of Dorian Gray. You will want to read this again
Published 4 months ago by basha
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
I thought this book was a real page turner and I must say I really enjoyed the story of this strange family, and what they are prepared to do to stay alive,well worth the read.
Published 5 months ago by mrs e preston
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange
This book wasn't bad but just not for me.It was very out there,far fetched being the best way to describe it.
Published 12 months ago by Claire
1.0 out of 5 stars Garth Merengi?
This just reminded me of Garth Merengi!

John looked down and was horrified to see that his hands had fallen off and been replaced by maggots. Maggots. Maggots. Maggots. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mcca17
5.0 out of 5 stars Familt Portrait
I read . this book a long time ao. Read it again and still thiought it brill.I had forgotten a lot of it .
Published 19 months ago by Annie
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