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Hiding From the Light

Hiding From the Light [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Erskine
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Praise for Barbara Erskine

The Warrior’s Princess:

‘An engrossing race against time’ Woman and Home

‘This is one of the most gripping page-turners I’ve read’ Sun

Barbara’s many bestsellers:

‘Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson’ Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

Frank Delaney

‘Stephen King meeting Ruth Rendell’

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (13 Mar 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI915S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of many bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus three collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Her first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER SUPERNATURAL STORY 28 May 2003
By Jackie.
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I have enjoyed every book that Barbara Erskine has written and Hiding from the Light is in my opinion another winner!
I could not put it down for long,.
It is an 'on the edge of your seat' story about Emma who feels
compelled to buy an old cottage in the village that she remembers from her childhood days. As she settles in there, Emma begins to hear voices in her head and share someone else's memories. That 'someone else' being a witch from the 1600's. The story progresses into supernatural happenings which have you biting your nails and the past and present collide, with dramatic results. My only negative thought on the whole book is that it did seem to end too simply. But,it was brilliant. I loved it!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiding from the Light 4 May 2003
In my opinion this book was brilliant, I just did not want to put it down, it had horror (gave me nightmares), romance, suspence. I was totally lost and really became part of the story.
I would recommend this to anyone, another great novel from Barbara Erskine.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read!! 13 Oct 2002
By Kelbag
An excellent fast-paced read with plenty of twists and turns, Hiding From The Light carries on the tradition this author has gained from creepy ghost stories like Midnight Is A Lonely Place. The story starts with a thirty-something yuppie who spots an advert for a cottage in the village where she used to holiday with her parents. On an impulse, she gives up her job in the city and her lover to buy, what she thinks, is her dream home. It's not until she moves in that the nightmares and the fun (creepy kind that is!) begins. One of Ms Erskine's best and even better than Whispers In The Sand. The author has an amazing skill of bringing the characters and surroundings to life. Only fault is that the story ends a little too sudden, I would have liked an epilogue detailing what happened to the characters a few months down the line.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hiding under the duvet more like! 25 May 2003
wow this book is addictive! i have read quite a few barbara erskine books with this one being the latest and managed to read it within a week. I just couldn't put it down and oh it can scare you! just like midnight is a lonely place this book is about ghosties and things that go bump in the night in the deep essex countryside. I wont go into too much detail just to say that it is halloween in the book, there are witches and a witchfinder general all back for revenge! enter a good looking vicar ,an independent ex-london girl and a local modern day witch -this book keeps you gripped right up till the last page! if you like ghost stories, romance and good v's evil this book should be for you! buy it !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from my favourite author 22 April 2003
By A Customer
I had real trouble putting this book down, Barbara Erskine followers will love this one. Very atmospheric and I actually felt I was in Essex with Sarah, Emma and Lyndsey. The plot was good, although I found Alex rather a wimp and slightly annoying. Basically I would recommend this book and was pleased Erskine has recovered her usual standard as I was disappointed with the ending of Whispers in the Sand.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing 18 July 2006
By Georgie
I have read quite a few novels by Barbara Erskine and this does not disappoint. Quite scary in places but not enough to give you nightmares it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Her research is excellent for all her novels and she makes you feel you are there with the characters. I could actually feel the mist coming across the land as well as the presence of the Witchfinder General. Keep giving us more Barbara I cannot get enough.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I have been a fan of this author ever since I read her wonderful bestselling book, "Lady of Hay". So, I looked forward to reading this, her latest book, which has supernatural portents and characters from another place and time.
In this book, the mid-seventeenth century and the present converge. Ghosts from the time of Oliver Cromwell, when Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, unjustly persecuted women in some rural communities in North Essex for being witches, are stirring. With Halloween on the horizon, it is only a matter of time before they make their presence felt.
Emma Dickinson, a high-powered business executive finds herself inexorably drawn to a quaint cottage in a rural community in North Essex, where, as a child, she had spent some time. Leaving behind her lover and significant other, she buys her dream cottage, which long ago belonged to a herbalist named Liza who met her end at the hands of the Witchfinder General. When Emma moves into the cottage, she begins having a series of nightmares of a past that she cannot bear to remember.
Unbeknownst to her, Mike Sinclair, the handsome new rector of her parish, likewise finds himself consumed by images of the past. A voice in his head interjects concepts and feelings that are alien to Mike. He is at a loss to explain what is happening and does not know that he is barreling towards a climax that will be decisive in determining whether the forces of evil or good will prevail.
The author, a master storyteller, weaves a tale that is engaging, but the quality of the writing, however, is uneven, and some of the characters are not fully-fleshed. Moreover, the book could have benefited from some better editing. Nonetheless, while the book falls somewhat short of the standards that this author herself has set, it is still a moderately entertaining book that fans of the author will, in some measure, enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hiding from the light
All Barbara Erskine books are excellent and this one was no exception. I especially like the historical bits of interest that are in her books and anyone who is a fan would not be... Read more
Published 13 days ago by sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden from the Light
excellent as all her books are. Quite creepy but a book not easily put down. I think one of the authors best.
Published 1 month ago by Tommy gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Hiding from the light
I love Barbara Erskine novels, none have failed to keep me engrossed until the final page.We have lived in the area that this book
covers and of course visited Colchester... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Lilian J. Priestley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
Just love Barbara Erskine's books and love the whole history / present day thing. Always an excellent read. Next one...
Published 3 months ago by SuzyQ
2.0 out of 5 stars HIDING FROM THE LIGHT
Quite long winded, slow and repetitive. The ending felt quite rushed and far fetched. Not one of Barbara Erskine's best.
Published 3 months ago by ozzie
2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating and tedious!
Having recently read Pamela Hartshorne's Time's Echo which was a fantastic read, I was looking for something on a similar theme of witchcraft and suspense. Read more
Published 5 months ago by aliceinwonderland
5.0 out of 5 stars Product v postage!
I purchased this book as a replacement for a previous copy which had been mislaid. It's a thoroughly gripping read and is especially interesting to me as it is set in my home... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I read her books in the wrong order, but still enjoyed them and could not put them down. looking forward to reading more just have to find the time.
Published 7 months ago by Wookey1
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
Once again Barbara Erskine has written another spine tingling winner. From my first introduction to her 'Lady of Hay' I've been hooked, and this one is certainly up there with the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs J Grebby
5.0 out of 5 stars fanastic read
fantastically spine chilling, a must read. I love the way past and present entwine giving an insight into the times of English witchhunting
Published 9 months ago by Jayne Dale
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