- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (7 Oct. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841497665
- ISBN-13: 978-1841497662
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.4 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Last Rites Paperback – 7 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Shaun Hutson is a bestselling author of horror fiction and has written novels under eight different pseudonyms. He has also contributed stories to KERRANG and RAW and used to host Sky TV's MONSTERS OF ROCK programme.
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Whilst looking round the cottage he finds disturbing images of his predecessor which leads him into an investigation, during which his colleagues are all closed lipped about the events. Help comes in the form of the female member of staff with the relationship developing as events unfold. Things in the classroom aren't going as well, as he finds that there is a small click amongst his pupils that know more about him than he's revealed which leads to paranoia that escalates after his love interest ends up missing.
The book itself is unfortunately tedious with very little happening as if the author had a good idea for a novella that had to be stretched to accommodate a novel brief. Add to the mix Shaun's almost superstitious usage of certain words within the text and it does leave you wondering if he's had his day. However, what really got to me was that after so many carefully created plots that he turns out a novel that felt too much a cross of the "Wicker Man" and "Class of 1984" which sadly had none of the originality of either. For me Shaun really has lost it and I only hope that at some point he'll take a long hard look at what he's been releasing and asks the fans what they want rather than relying on his name to sell an inferior product.
But not this time.
We have the multiplicity of plot lines, all moving forward to join up in the customary explosive finish. But they moved forward so slowly as to be pretty tedious at times.
Also, for some reason Shaun includes several very explicit sexual scenes which really are gratuitous and not required in such detail. Does the author really believe that his army of loyal readers buy his books for gratuitous sex?
Whilst this is an OK read, I did find myself rushing pages towards the end..I was really quite glad when I finally completed it.
This is not vintage Shaun Hutson by any means and if you're planning to buy it as your first taste of this author, you probably wouldn't choose to buy any more.
But you're an avid Red, Shaun, as I am, so you're excused this, for you, slightly lacklustre story! I'll still be ready for the next book. In the meantime, lets all hope that Kenny has the good sense to ditch Carroll, Henderson, Downing and Adam at the end of the season.
This story is quite a good read, although it is a bit on the short side. There is quite a bit of suspense, but only a few really creepy moments. I felt the ending was a bit rushed too. Overall, though not too bad.
Please go back to in your face horror or fast paced action with rock hard main characters, not a wishy washy teacher with about as much get up and go as a wet fart.
This one's an old-school Satanic Panic novel. Think Wickerman meets Kill List and you're on the right road.
I really enjoyed it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A typical Shaun Hutson 'Thriller'. Must keep turning the pages for more!Published 12 months ago by MR T A PALFREYMAN
My kind of book. As always, can't wait for the next page!. I've read a lot of books from this author and have never been disappointed.Published on 19 Jan. 2014 by waza
I was so disappointed with this book, I have been a Shaun Hutson fan for over 30 years & this book was far from his usual page turning can't put down book.Published on 19 Dec. 2013 by monica
As usual Mr Hutson is at his brilliant best with another tale that kept me glued to the story, always rcommendedPublished on 1 April 2013 by sjb999
Shaun Hutson certainly doesn't hang around with his novels. It's the story, horror and violence that seems to matter, so he dispenses with much in the way of characterisation. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2012 by Jl Adcock