I wasn't there when I died
He was away from his own body when somebody murdered him. Who? I'm not going to tell you, that would be against the point.
James Herbert's latest book is like many of his more recent works- less focus on 'splat' horror, more focus on a thrilling and psychological journey into the bizarre. It starts a little too slowly for my liking, but once it gets itself going, it's fairly relentless, the peaks always higher that the troughs, always leaving you wanting more.
It's not as 'horror' as The Rats or The Fog, but I enjoyed it. It's written with JH's usual flowing prose, enough detail put in to give the flavour, enough left out to let your imagination fill in the gaps (something many authors seem unable to do of late, with every blade of grass and crack in the pavement described in the finest detail...).
If you like good stories, good horror stories, or good (if offbeat) thrillers, you'll like this. If you like James Herbert, you'll probably love it. I did.
Nobody true is the only book that kept my eyes glued to the pages, completely oblivious to the world around me. I was completely enthralled by the life of James True. The concept of living a life, outside the body, with no real substance, was utterly disturbing. I really began to feel for the character in his attempt to discover who murdered him whilst in his out of body experience. How do you protect the people you love when you cannot touch? The plot is full of twists that will leave you wondering the outcome right through to the very last page.
James Herbert is in a class of his own, making supernatural occurances become reality. It leaves you wondering what really does happen in death. This book really does make you feel extreme sympathy for James True in his lonely attempt to reveal the truth about his killer.
Read this book, as even people with extremely vivid imaginations will be shocked by the deeply disturbing events that are explored in this truly fantastic novel.
The book spends a long period explaining the last 30 years of the charactor's life, his experiences inside...and outside his body. Until his sudden murder outside his body. Jim true's life in the physical world is horrendously cut short, but he's left powerless and now only a bi-stander to the working system of the world. He uncover's things in his life that would of been impossible to guess, it makes you question your own life, what things are going on behind you back.
Herbert describes wonderfully the complete and utter sorrow of jim and his predicament, it makes you truely feel for the charactor and his unimaginable torment of being but not being. The book occationally describes out of body experiences in little detail, just a pause from the story you are being told from jim himself in attempt to explain the unexplainerble.
Jim, stuck in his predicament, seems to be drawn to this dark, evil charactor, one who's exploits influence jim to finally end the story in one amazingly well crafted ending. Id argue one of J.Herberts best. The book seriously leaves you thinking so much that after a couple of days you feel insane, insane but very satisfied with this terrific addition to Herberts outstanding work. Get it, or as i did, borrow it at least.