I was quite surprised to find I had not read this book, I had avoided reading it for a number of years assuming I had already done so, so had a nice surprise. The book itself is classic James Herbert - in this case, the hero Jon Childe is living and working on an un-named, assumed Channel Island to escape from the rat race after events a few years previously, when he was involved, due to his psychic powers, in helping police catch a particularly gruesome serial killer. Life since then has trundled along nicely until the visions start again ...
Not a particularly unique storyline but James Herbert is a skilled storyteller and doesn't fail the reader here, the plot is engaging and the story moves along at a nice, suspense filled pace to the climax - you keep reading because you just have to know what happens next. The characters were realistic and well rounded, with the exception of Amy's father who did tend to come across as the stereotypical over protective father. The love angle between Jon and Amy was pleasant reading and provided a nice contrast to the more sinister happenings, given them more impact when they did appear (I don't like a shock a page, I like a bit of normal real life in between gruesome gory goings on)
Only a couple of things didn't sit right with me, there were two major parts of the story - including the surprise twist at the end which, although well written, lost their impact slightly purely because James Herbert, in later novels, used the same basic ideas again which just doesn't quite sit right when you are reading it in this day and age, especially for the twist at the end which I believe should be unimagineable and unique every time. In 1985, of course, it would have had more impact as being more original and that is how I have tried to view it here.
On the whole, however, it does seem to have stood the test of time, and is well worth reading, it will draw you in and keep you interested to the very end.