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Naomi's Room [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Aycliffe
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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A classic ghost story which tingles with fear, horror and shocks up to the very last paragraph...

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Charles and Laura are a young, happily married couple inhabiting the privileged world of Cambridge academia. Brimming with excitement, Charles sets off with his daughter Naomi on a Christmas Eve shopping trip to London. But, by the end of the day, all Charles and his wife have left are cups of tea and police sympathy. For Naomi, their beautiful, angelic only child, has disappeared. Days later her murdered body is discovered.

But is she dead?

In a howling, bumping story of past and present day hell, Jonathan Aycliffe's haunting psychological masterpiece is guaranteed to make you sink to untold depths of teeth-shaking terror.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 295 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (1 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090IATHM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic tale of terror. 30 Dec 2012
By Me
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My love of Aycliffe's work began with his Book The Lost which I bought by chance simply because I liked the cover. I hurriedly began hunting his other novels down and enthusiastically recommending his work to friends. Very few authors write ghost stories and creeping tales of dread and terror as well as he does. If you like M.R. James then you'll probably like Aycliffe, though Naomi's Room does become a little more grisly as it reaches it's shocking ending. It is such a shame nothing new has come from his pen in recent years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started Well & the Fell to Pieces 3 Jan 2014
By DJF
Format:Paperback
The first three quarters of this book were quite brilliant. It was a suspense filled ghost story to rival Susan Hill's "The Woman in Black" until suddenly it all went to pieces.
The beginning of the story is simple enough with the picture of a happy academic couple just approaching Christmas when their daughter is 4 years old. It all goes to pieces when their daughter, Naomi, disappears on a London shopping trip. Small clues from the start of the book start to take on a different meaning and all is very much not as it seems.
The author creates a very natural scene of a couple torn apart when they loose their only daughter. Strange sounds start in the house and pictures have extra people in them. This is all a very traditional style of ghost story which has brilliant suspense and leaves the reader not wanting to put it down. All the traditional ghost story props are there - photos, locked attics, things being moved & Jonathan Aycliffe really makes the most of them. He also takes things a step further with feelings of menace, overpowering hatred and lust.
Unfortunately the author is unable to sustain this level of writing and seems to go adrift in a big way. Instead of continuing the brilliant atmosphere and suspense of the ghost story it lurches into some sort of second rate horror story with mass murders and excessive descriptions of gore. In a matter of a couple of pages the atmosphere is gone and the reader is left feeling very cheated. Ghost stories should be full of suggestions and atmosphere so that the reader's own imagination takes over rather than descriptions of blood and gore.
I felt very cheated at the end of this book. The author could have arrived at the same ending whilst continuing with the same style of writing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book i have never forgotten 30 Oct 2013
By boleyn
Format:Paperback
I read this book back in the early nineties when I was in my early 20s, I read mainly horror and ghost stories then
and this book really stood out among the rest.
it was one of the most creepiest books I think I have ever read then and since.
I cant remember the story very well but I certainly remember the feelings it gave me.
I passed it on to my mum when I had finished, I don't think she liked it very much, FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS
now ive found it on amazon I will read it again and hope it has stood the test of time. (forgive me if it hasn't)

it was creepy, spooky, not gory. just a great ghost story. I certainly have not found many others since that have not
disappointed me.

I hope you will give it a try.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely creepy, rough and brutal. 27 Jun 2013
By Nurrie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A really creepy horror story. Spooky and haunting. The writer manages to build up great atmospheres of terror. The plot reveals itself at good speed, with great need to keep turning the page. I read this within 2 nights, hooked on it. The writing is well crafted and flows nicely. The writer is excellent at describing the hauntings, sending a chill through my bones.

However, I felt the ending was rushed, surprising and cliche all at once. It felt like maybe an easy way out to end it, even if it quite a brutal way to end it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected. 3 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this blindly for 99p. Having very little idea what I was about to read I started and was gripped from the beginning, or should I say 'for' the beginning. The first 1/3 of this book I would give 5 stars, the second, 4 and the final merely 3 which is what lowers my overall rating. Towards the end it feels like a different book. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the whole thing but my enjoyment dwindled as the story went on. A good read, and well worth the 99p but not outstanding.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For about three quarters of this book I was swept up and admiring Aycliffe's ability to layer on unsettling, heart-pounding unease, in this story of a disappeared child. This was well-crafted, even M.R. Jamesian in its ability to unsettle and disturb the reader. Like some other reviewers I was unable to read this at night, settling for daylight hours only.

The story of a missing and then murdered child, and the investigation by her parents, particularly her father, and the sense of palpable, creeping, ghostly malevolent evil reminded me increasingly of The Omen [DVD] [1976], particularly when some rather gruesome and visceral shocks began to occur.

However, what began well and was sustained and intensifying, with the child's parents and other investigators getting chillingly increasingly disturbed by what they were begin to unravel, then began to descend, quickly and in an overdone fashion into schlocky and savagely described horror; in fact, the story changed genres. For the most part, the book had felt 'realistic' in the way that the best ghost writers do, but the final Liddley unravelling, and the segment with Charles' sister felt gratuitous, slasher horror fest. Unfortunately the book then unravelled backwards for me, with the character of Laura, in particular, becoming less and less plausible, as aspects of her behaviour and interior landscape, slightly strange at times as I read, being revealed as rather crass plot devices.

The bulk of the book was product of a much more psychologically clever and restrained imagination than the last section, which felt implausible, rushed, and curiously, as if it had run out of steam, as the various carefully teased out threads were suddenly covered in buckets of overdone gore.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Literally, every time i think of the ending to ...
Literally, every time i think of the ending to this book, i shudder. It actually made me feel unclean. Ok, it's fiction, but just, really, don't.
Published 1 day ago by Alison M Pringle
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic scary read
A scary heart pounding story! Read it with the light on! A book you just can't put down even though you are scared to read on.
Published 2 days ago by Ems
4.0 out of 5 stars A little creepy with a twist
I searched for good horror books and this crept up, as horror goes it's not the most intense. However it managed to keep me intrigued to read it in several hours (books usually... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Elisu
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
A very well written novel. It is chilling, mysterious, dark, and sinister.
Published 8 days ago by Andy94
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Terrific, and scary.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Howison
1.0 out of 5 stars Far fetched twaddle
Started off well but degenerated into far fetched nonsense and a central character who turned into a serial killer, but not in a remotely believable way. Read more
Published 1 month ago by echo
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I read this book as it appeared on various online lists of "Scariest Books".

The first few chapters were brilliantly written and the author did well to induce in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by SlightlyWetFart
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy yet good read for anybody who is a fan of psychological horror,...
I am a huge fan of horror, especially the psychological kind that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. Read more
Published 3 months ago by samsopinion
2.0 out of 5 stars The first half was brilliant...but then...
*****THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*****

When I started reading this, I was hooked! I couldn't put it down and was even being rude to the point that I was reading it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A.J. Waters
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